First and foremost, you may be wondering what the hell IPM stands for. It stands for integrated pest management. Much like people, gardens can also be susceptible to a myriad of communicable health issues. Bugs, fungal infections, plant viruses, etc. all fall into this category under IPM. The old saying "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure(d)" couldn't be more accurate in this instance. The goal here is to prevent anything from ever getting established. I will say it again because this is of the utmost importance. PREVENTION IS KEY. There was a time not so long ago I would forego IPM altogether because I kept my gardens pretty clean and since they were indoors I rarely ever had any issues from outside factors such as bugs or bacterial/fungal onslaught. Those days are long gone after a series of hard learned lessons and several lost crops.
Most of these lost crops could have been prevented with a simple and cheap IPM regimen. There are a ton of organic and safe options for cannabis IPM but generally if they are marketed for cannabis they will be extremely expensive because the manufacturers think your money grows on trees........
Some treatments can only be used in vegetative growth cycles, and not in flowering or you will impart terrible smells or tastes to your cannabis. It is important to know what is safe to use and when.
Some simple rules to follow for the safety of your crop:
-keep your room clean and free of debris.
-quarantine any new or incoming plants and treat before introducing to your garden. this includes other species of plants and houseplants. Bugs aren't super pick and will move from one species to another with ease most of the time.
-dunk your entire plants to treat them, rather than spraying. I don't care how good you think you sprayed, you will always miss spots under the leaves and one or two bugs or spores is all it takes to have another outbreak.
-Buy a 15$ pocket microscope. Some pests are so small they can't be seen without a microscope. You will also need this microscope to check your trichombs for ripeness so it's a win/win.
-Treat weekly as a preventative!
No one will like you anymore if you go around spreading plant herpes to everyone. It's an awkward conversation you don't want to have.
Feel free to reach out with any specific questions.