Let’s find out how to battle Broad Mites

by Rincon-Vitova Insectary

Broad Mites (Polyphagotarsonemus latus) 

This destructive pest lives on a wide host range. Broad mites secrete and inject a toxic growth regulator into plants as they feed. The toxin causes twisted, hardened and distorted growth and terminal leaves and flower buds become malformed. The reason broad mites are such a problem is they often go unnoticed until they are out of control. Damage can resemble watering deficiency, herbicide damage, a viral disease, micronutrient deficiency or pH imbalance. 

Identification 

Adults are almost microscopic (less than 0.2 mm long), oval, and look swollen in profile  

Light yellow-amber or green (females have a light, median stripe. Males lack the stripe).  

Two hind legs of adult females are reduced to whip-like appendages.  

The male is smaller and faster moving than the female. The male’s hind legs are enlarged for mating  

Eggs are colorless, translucent, elliptical and covered with scattered white tufts on the upper surface  

Life Cycle 

Broad mites reproduce prolifically between 70-80º F.  

Eggs hatch in two-to-three days and each female can produce 40-50 eggs.  

Female broad mites lay 30 to 76 eggs on the leaf surface. 

Un-mated females lay male eggs; mated females usually lay four female eggs for every male egg.  

The larvae hatch in 2 or 3 days, are slow moving and do not disperse far to feed.  

In 2 or 3 days, the larvae develop into a quiescent larval stage.  

Quiescent female larvae become attractive to the males, who pick them up and carry them to the new foliage. 

Females emerge & males immediately mate with them.  

Males live 5 to 9 days; females live 8 to 13 days. 

Monitoring 

Broad mites are so small – virtually invisible on the host plant even with a good hand lens. 

A 60-100x microscope is best to observe broad mites. 

Mites are usually seen on the newest leaves and terminals.  

Mites tend to crowd into crevices and buds and feed on the growing tips. 

Populations of broad mite tend to be most severe in warm, humid conditions. 

Leaf edges tend to cup up or down, become brittle and show signs of scarring. 

Leaves generally curl near the base at the petiole.  

The entire plant will lose its vibrant green color. 

Internodal growth is stunted and overall growth is underdeveloped.  

New growth can blacken and die. 

Cultural Practices 

Broad mites are difficult to control with sprays because they are protected by their habit of feeding in buds or within distorted tissue. 

Hot water treatments can control the mites without injuring the plants: use water at 109.4-120.2°F for 15 minutes. 

Heat treatments: Raise room temp to 115°F for 20 min to 1 hour. 

Take measures to improve overall plant health: compost, compost tea, beneficial microbes to support the plants 

Dust with Diatomaceous Earth: these jagged particles cut the insects and expose to desiccation & disease. It will need to be reapplied as it gets wet. [DE particle size: 10-200 micrometers (μm). Males are 100 μm, females are 200 μm]. 

Plant bean, eggplant, pepper trap crops 

Use Soap & Oil Sprays 

Avoid using pesticides: Triazoles (myclobutanil), spiromesifen, abamectin 

Abamectin: active ingredient occurs naturally, is derived from the soil micro-organism, Streptomyces avermitilis. 

PyGanic is a broad-spectrum insecticide, containing Pyrethrin that is organically compliant. 

Spider mites exposed to carbaryl (Sevin) in the laboratory reproduce faster than untreated populations.  

Carbaryl/some organophosphates/some pyrethroids favor spider mites by increasing levels of Nitrogen in leaves, which stimulates spider mites’ reproduction. These materials are highly toxic to natural enemies and pollinators  

Can cause spider mites to become abundant and damage plants after its application. Insecticides applied during hot weather usually cause dramatic spider mite outbreaks within a few days. 

Cinnamaldahyde, extracted from cinnamon also kills beneficial insects 

Bio-Control 

Predatory mites  

Application Rates: 

A good guideline is that one predator is needed for every 10 spider mites to provide control. 

More than one application may be required if you want to reduce pest populations rapidly.  

Concentrate releases in hot spots where spider mite numbers are highest.  

Once established on perennials, predatory mites may reproduce and provide biological control indefinitely  

Re-augmentation required if nonselective insecticides are applied (which kill the predators). 

Neoseiulus californicus: Persea, Avocado-Brown, Two-spotted spider mite, Pacific, Broad, Cyclamen, Eriophyids 

55°-105°F 40%-80% RH 

*Best in warm/humid conditions   

*Tolerate hot/dry G.H.                            

*Susceptible to pesticides    

*Eats other predatory mite eggs (especially Persimilis)   

Amblyseius fallacis (=Neoseiulus fallacis): Tetranychid mites, European & citrus red, Two-spotted spider mite, Spruce, Broad, Cyclamen, Pacific, Bamboo, Southern red, Bank’s grass mite 

48°-85°F >50% RH 

*OK w Persimilis & Stethorus   

*Can reproduce at cooler temps    

*Can overwinter under snow    

*Best in dense canopy  

*Avoids webbing    

*Can survive at low pest densities   

Scolothrips sexmaculatus: Six-spotted thrips: this is a predatory species of thrips 

Adults and larvae are entirely predaceous, feeding on European Red mite, cyclamen, and Tetranychus species. 

Predaceous adults can be distinguished from phytophagous thrips by three dark spots on each wing cover  

Adults are mostly pale-yellow adult.  

Nymphs are translucent white to yellow and difficult to discern from other thrips species.  

Six spotted thrips can rapidly reduce high populations, but don’t become numerous until after mites have become abundant and damaging. 

Application Rates: 

500-2,000 per acre 

Summary of Strategies 

Diligent monitoring and early detection! 

Sanitation! 

Overall plant health 

Diatomaceous Earth  

Bean, eggplant, pepper trap crops 

Soap & Oil Sprays 

Heat treatments 

Beneficial Insects 

IMGS #158: Connecticut renames cannabis.

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Show Notes:  Welcome to Ep 158.  I want to start this episode by acknowledging the passing of Frenchy Cannoli.  He was a master hash maker.  I’m glad we’re still able to learn from him because of the internet.  Later I’ll show you the small cannabis plants I’m going to cut down today.  I went to an open house for the new proposed “Tree Factory” dispensary.    

Strain of the Week: White Papaya OG is a cross of the White Widow and Papaya Punch.  It has a sweet, fruity, citrus, gassy with a dash of pepper at the end, and potent daytime hybrid.  This batch came in at 23% THC and the buds looked beautifully frosted and supple.  The high was perfect for a daytime ride, really energetic and euphoric.  

Social Media: 

Report from the cannabis front line: 

More Olympics and cannabis https://www.marijuanamoment.net/world-anti-doping-agency-says-u-s-bears-responsibility-for-marijuana-ban-that-led-to-richardsons-suspension/ 

Nevada sports and cannabis https://www.marijuanamoment.net/nevada-sports-regulators-ditch-marijuana-testing-for-fighters-days-after-richardsons-olympics-suspension/ 

Colorado report https://hightimes.com/news/colorado-releases-report-on-legalization/ 

Terp Street shut down https://www.courant.com/business/hc-biz-marijuana-websites-end-20210721-vlj3vq2tgrcgvgtet56jj3vt4u-story.html 

https://www.leafly.com/news/strains-products/connecticut-medical-marijuana-strain-name-guide 

New York airport cannabis https://wibx950.com/new-york-airports-will-now-allow-small-amounts-of-marijuana-on-airplanes/?mc_cid=1e3063a5a8&mc_eid=cdb017092f 

Harvesting the grow locker.  The OK, the bad and the ugly, mostly OK and ugly.  

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IMGS 157: What is Scromiting?

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Show Notes:   Welcome to Ep. 157.  I was in San Diego this past week.  I stopped by San Diego Recreational Cannabis SDRC for a sativa pre-roll.  I spoke to a couple of budtenders Ryan and Madiella or Madiana, I don’t remember her name.  She helped me pick a Hella Dank pre-roll, they should give her a raise.  If not sure what you want ask the budtender what people keep coming back for and what they prefer.  

Strain of the Week:  Pre-roll flower review and comparison. Ready to roll shake, Screaming Trumpets vs. Baker  Close up and side by side.   GMO 

Social Media: Rodney and I did an IG live on Sat for the new radio show Talking Plant on 99.3.  We also went down to check out the studio.  We did get a chance to take any pics of the studio because someone was in there recording.  

Report from the cannabis front line:

Psilocybin and depression https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-07/yu-psg070121.php?mc_cid=1908607e38&mc_eid=cdb017092f

Oklahoma is the wild west of cannabis right now

https://www.kgou.org/oklahoma-news/2021-01-22/enthusiasm-for-oklahomas-medical-marijuana-boom-tempered-by-concerns-of-a-bust

 —https://oklahoma.gov/omma/businesses/business-application-information3.html#:~:text=At%20least%2075%20percent%20of,processors%2C%20and%20dispensaries%20is%20%242%2C500.

Scromiring https://www.health.com/mind-body/scromiting 

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IMGS 156: A 5th of July quickie

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Show Notes:  Greetings everyone, I hope you’re enjoying the long weekend.  We actually had a fireworks show in Ojai.  The committee pulled it together, it was great.  This is short show today, I’m just going to do a strain of the week and a report

Strain of the Week: Malawi Gold – is a 100% pure sativa and is a landrace strain from the South-East of Africa that has been grown and used in Malawi for generations. With a 22% THC, the high didn’t weight me down or leave me feeling anxious or paranoid. It was energizing, uplifting and was a perfect daytime smoke.  Malawi Gold has a classic sweet sativa aroma with a minty banana and a wet dirt taste at the end of the exhale.  The internet says it’s a good choice for fatigue, mild depression, chronic stress and nausea.  

Report from the cannabis front line: 

Olympic runner https://www.marijuanamoment.net/white-house-declines-to-defend-runner-suspended-from-olympics-over-marijuana-test-while-lawmakers-step-up/ 

Supreme Court https://norml.org/blog/2021/06/28/supreme-court-justice-questions-whether-federal-ban-on-marijuana-remains-proper/  

Mexico and cannabis https://www.weedworthy.com/the-news/press-releases/cannabis-law-in-mexico-what-does-the-declaration-of-unconstitutionality-approved-by-the-scjn-mean 

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IMGS 155: Mike Siegel from Ground Game Texas.

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Show Notes: Welcome to Ep. 155  Later I will talk with Mike Siegel from Ground Game Texas.

Strain of the Week: Blue Banana – Is a cross of Blue Dream Haze x Banana OG and is sativa-dominate with a 26% THC.  This flower has a smell and flavor of overripe bananas and sweet berries.  This weed is a bit of a creeper so be aware, it sneaks up on you and it gave me the munchies.  The internet says it’s that patients use it for swift relief of symptoms associated with chronic pain, depression, nausea, appetite loss and insomnia.  

Social Media: 

Report from the cannabis front line: 

NJ gifting cannabis https://www.ganjapreneur.com/new-jersey-warns-five-companies-against-cannabis-gifting/ 

Jerusalem study https://m.jpost.com/health-science/medical-cannabis-may-be-effective-for-young-epilepsy-patients-671674/amp?mc_cid=6dc687a6b9&mc_eid=cdb017092f 

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IMGS 154: Rolling a Joint with a Rolling Machine.

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Show Notes:  Welcome to Ep. 154  Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads out there holding it down.  Later I’ll show how I roll a joint by hand and with a rolling machine.  

Strain of the Week: Hell Fire – a.k.a the “Hellfire OG,” is an indica dominant hybrid (70% indica/30% sativa) strain which is a cross of Rascal’s OG Kush X SFV OG Kush and came in at 27% THC.  The high from this smoke came on quickly and it gave me some fierce couchlock.  Which made it  great for the end of day when I was ready to let it all go.  Hell’s Fire is said to be perfect for treating conditions such as chronic stress, muscle spasms or tremors, inflammation, and chronic pain. This bud has a sweet lemony, piney diesel flavor and aroma.  

Report from the cannabis front line: 

Young brains https://www.inverse.com/mind-body/marijuana-influence-on-teen-brains 

Cali giving $100 million to cannabis industries https://www.thedailyworld.com/northwest/california-offers-100-million-to-rescue-its-struggling-legal-weed-industry/ 

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IMGS 153: Pt. 2 The cannabis plant in Veg and a radio show.

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Show Notes:  Welcome to Ep. 153.  The radio show  

Strain of the Week:  Banana Dream:  sativa dominant hybrid strain (80% sativa/20% indica) It’s a cross of Blue Dream X Banana Cheese strains.  It has a fruity, piney and funky cheese aroma and flavor.  This flower has a 25% THC and the high started out in the back of my head swept forward to my eyeballs. I like it for that middle of day smoke break and the high wasn’t distracting.  The internet says that Banana Dream is often chosen to treat conditions such as chronic fatigue, depression, chronic pain, and migraines or headaches.

Social Media:  Friday Aug. 6 has Cheech and Chong at Libby Bowl.  Tickets are still available.   

Report from the cannabis front line: 

More about the M.O.R.E Act https://www.marijuanamoment.net/trump-clemency-recipient-says-federal-marijuana-legalization-bill-will-leave-many-prisoners-behind/ 

Driving and cannabinoid blood levels https://norml.org/news/2021/06/10/analysis-thc-per-se-thresholds-are-unreliable-indicators-of-psychomotor-impairment/ 

Conversations with:  Cannabis in Veg Pt. 2

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IMGS 152: Those Rabbits

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Show Notes:  Welcome to Ep. 152.  Thank you for hanging out.  I know the show schedule has been a little erratic.  It’s been busy around here and I’m dealing with a family medical issue, so all my time has been dedicated to dealing with that.  So thanks again for taking the time to watch and listen.  Later I will talk a little more about the cannabis plant in veg.   

Strain of the Week:   Durban Poison – Has a piney, wet dirt almost wet forest smell and taste and originates from the South African port city of Durban. It’s said that Ed Rosenthal, an American cannabis activist, discovered the original strain and brought in back to the United States in the 1970s.  It has a strong, energetic happy head high that’s great for creativity and daytime use.  It didn’t get in the way of my day but you gotta be careful.   It has a 23% THC so paranoia may be a possible side effect if you’re new to cannabis.  The internet says that Durban Poison is an effective treatment for depression and anxiety, as well as chronic pain, and it can also be helpful with nausea.  

Report from the cannabis front line:

Job Corps. https://www.marijuanamoment.net/stop-kicking-young-people-out-of-jobs-training-program-for-marijuana-congressional-chairwoman-says/ 

Get fit https://www.marijuanamoment.net/frequent-marijuana-consumers-are-actually-more-physically-active-than-non-users-study-finds-smashing-stereotypes/

Colorado new cannabis law https://norml.org/blog/2021/06/03/colorado-senate-lawmakers-advance-measure-amending-states-medical-cannabis-access-law/ 

Conversations with: Rabbits 

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Let’s talk about Root Aphids.

By Rincon-Vitova Insectary

Root aphids feed on the root system, sucking so much sap that the plants do not receive proper sustenance. Leaves turn yellow and little new growth occurs. They can move from plant to plant via the drainage holes in pots, or through irrigation water that drains from one pot to another. Root aphids tend to congregate on the outer edges of the root ball.  

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What to expect when your cannabis plant is in the Vegetative (veg) Stage.

by Alex Robles

     Take a moment to pat yourself on the back because that seedling you agonized over is now a plant in the vegetative (veg) stage.  Most new growers usually make mistakes and their plants pay with their lives before they get to veg.  So again, good job on getting your plant this far.  Now that we’re done celebrating we have to plan our work and work our plan because that plant is going to need more of our attention now. 

     I’m going to talk in some broad general terms about the cannabis plants.  The reason for this is because there’s so much variety in cannabis, it’s easy to get tangled up in the small details.  Before we start talking about the veg stage, the importance of pH, nutrient needs and pest control, let’s get to know this amazing plant a little better. 

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