At first glance, tobacco and marijuana may not have many similarities to each other. Although both are vegetable species and are usually smoked wrapped in paper, the taste, aroma and benefits they produce are far from similar. But the union of the strains can become an interesting combination, especially if it is done in the cultivation of cannabis with 5×10 tent . In yours, tobacco can be the perfect ally to combat pests, like other plants that we detail below.
When we start growing marijuana, one of the problems any grower encounters is pests, those tiny insects that invade the plantation and weaken your little ones, until they are killed off in the worst case scenario.
That’s why the search for pesticides and advice on preventing diseases like whitefly and aphids is a daily routine for marijuana lovers. For novices, it can be a real pain. For veterans, experience makes them aware of the proper techniques so that no obstacle is put in the way of the plant’s growth.
Far from being an artificial product, tobacco is an excellent protector of the cannabis strain. As Matrix Max of the Trichome Institute explains, placing tobacco plants close to cannabis cultivation can have benefits related to the good condition of the herb. Thus, being covered by a layer of trichomes and glands, it acts as a sort of vacuum cleaner that works effectively against pests. Also, because they are usually larger than cannabis plants, the scope is much greater and our loved ones can grow safely.
In fact, tobacco leaves are often infested with small insects such as white flies. There is a reason for this: the large leaves are very attractive to these little bugs, which, attracted by nicotine, fall directly into the trap (nicotine is a substance that acts as a poison against parasites and ends up killing them). Thanks to this, all the parasites that want to come to our plantation will have to deal with this kind of natural bait first (and few, if any, come out alive).
Max also recommends that growers reuse the tobacco leaves to create a completely natural, homemade insecticide. This way, if you take the green leaves, pass them through the blender and finally add a splash of water, the result is a practical, completely organic pesticide. The product can be sprayed on the marijuana without causing any damage and, thanks to the support of the adjacent tobacco pots, it will have a double protection. This tip is useful for everyone, but especially for newcomers, who can protect their plants in this simple way.
Another widespread way of creating a natural insecticide for crops is to boil a cup of tobacco (it can be rolled, in leaves or even ash-free cigarette butts), add a little soap and spray it. However, this concoction is not specific to marijuana, and although it is used for multiple fruits and vegetables, the best option is to run it through a blender. With these tips, we will get diseases such as aphids, red spiders or tripes away from our crops.
Other beneficial plants for growing cannabis
But tobacco is not the only plant that naturally protects our plantation. As we well know, nature is wise and makes other varieties available to us to keep at bay and reduce the likelihood of our favourite herb falling ill.
Among the aromatic herbs, rosemary is a good choice that protects all kinds of vegetables from pests such as flies, aphids and chrysomelah. The only thing to do is to place it next to our little ones and let it do its job.
You can do the same with thyme, mint, basil or tarragon. They all help to reduce the population of spiders, fungi and aphids. You will also prevent these insects from entering your own home. Thyme and chamomile attract beneficial species such as bees, which repel flies and the white butterfly in your buds. The smell of these varieties, especially basil and jasmine, is the perfect ally to keep away flies and mosquitoes. Therefore, in addition to placing them near your marijuana crop, it is also a good idea to add some near windows and terraces to avoid unwanted bites.
Wormwood plant is another option to get a natural pesticide without chemical components. In the form of an infusion sprayed on the crop, it repels a large number of insects such as aphids, ants, mites, caterpillars, flies and slugs. You can also get your hands on capuchin and sage, both of which are effective against flies and aphids.
It’s also proven that if you plant different aromatic varieties together, the insects will be more confused and will have a harder time identifying the location of the marijuana. As an anecdote, it is worth mentioning the case of a red spider infection in an indoor crop, which was eradicated with the help of a corn plant. This happened because the insects quickly turned to yellow food and abandoned cannabis.
Meanwhile, other products more common in our daily lives, such as aloe vera, can also serve to eradicate garden termites and prevent them from devouring our plants. In addition, foods such as garlic and onions infused and sprayed on the crop are useful in protecting the roots of cannabis.
Finally, another option is to reuse the ashes from a tree or plant that we have had to burn (in case we grow fruit, vegetables or salad stuffs). This dust, scattered around the crop, can slow down the passage of snails and slugs. However, hygiene in the cultivation of cannabis is essential to ensure that it remains intact. Thus, we cannot overlook it, despite the use of insecticides.
All these remedies, besides tobacco, help to protect our crop in a completely natural, economical and organic way. Thanks to them, we can breathe easier and let our cannabis plants grow healthy and strong.