How ladybugs can benefit your cannabis plants

Published May 23, 2019 10:04 a.m. ET
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Every grower out there is looking for the next greatest hack that might help to grow weed easy and stress free. The truth is that growing marijuana can be a simple and natural process as long as you take the right direction to start with. Experienced cannabis growers know that there is no medicine out there that could compare to prevention as far as effectiveness.

Most people utilize a variety of store purchased supplements to maintain their marijuana plants, and while some might appear to be effective, they are all chemical laden and require careful administration to be successful. If that doesn’t sound appealing, then you might want to see what it takes to use ladybugs to help you to care for your plants.

1. Buy the ladybugs
Though there are millions of ladybugs likely hanging out in your backyard, those might not be the ideal species for bringing indoors. It’s important always to remember that some invasive ladybug species can do much more harm than good, so it’s always a good idea to purchase a ladybug bundle from a reputable breeder meant specifically for this purpose. Search for native ladybug species that don’t bite and will not consume the plants. There are local sources, or online to choose from, and both will ship the perfect number of ladybugs right to your doorstep.

2. Release the ladybugs into your cannabis garden
Some people swear that a few healthy ladybugs are fine to keep on a cannabis crop throughout every stage, but the professionals have a slightly different opinion on the matter. When you are growing marijuana and want to use ladybugs, they should always be quarantined to one room and only used during the vegetative stage. Once that stage is over, they can be gently removed and stored until needed again or released into the wild. The later and more mature flowering stage is much more appealing to these leaf munchers who may cause some damage if left unchecked.

3. Maintain the ladybugs
Now that you have released a small army of ladybugs, you will need to maintain them so that they survive to do the job. An easy and cost-effective food source is raisins or other dried fruits that have been soaked in water. A separate dish of fresh chemical free water should always also be available for them to drink from. Taking care of ladybugs is simple once you get comfortable with their presence, and the only real downside is the occasional carcass that you will find littering the floor as they die.

Benefits of ladybugs for growing marijuana

Whether you are just learning how to grow weed for the very first time, or are an experienced cultivator looking for a cost-effective solution to pests. Either way, ladybugs can help to protect your harvest from vicious and unforgiving predators like spider mites that are difficult to treat and nearly impossible to come back from. It’s the cheapest non-toxic method currently available and could save you thousands of dollars from one yield alone, making them the perfect option for anyone who doesn’t mind a small colony of visitors for a few days.

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