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  posted on 7/25/2010 at 11:14 AM
Number of lady bugs I put in my garden last night. Outdoor grows have bugs, and mine is no exception. The plants are extremely healthy, with one approaching 10 feet tall. It is the only one I didn't top, just to see what it would do. But I've seen white flies flying around, and I can see other bugs on them through my magnifying glass. So I bought lady bugs from two sources yesterday, 1,500 to a bag, and put them in the garden last night. I'm going out in a little while to see how they are doing. I put one bag on them a month or so ago, and they went to town. I was hoping they laid eggs and I'd have some in residence for awhile, but those were gone after a few days. Hopefully I can get a full-time crew working out of this batch.

 

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  posted on 7/25/2010 at 11:18 AM
Do they eat ants? I have an onging ant problem, and yes I even had a professional spray and use Delta Dust, but they still prevail.

 

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  posted on 7/25/2010 at 11:22 AM
How do you get rid of panty crickets?

 

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  posted on 7/25/2010 at 11:30 AM
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Do they eat ants? I have an onging ant problem, and yes I even had a professional spray and use Delta Dust, but they still prevail.


Are they coming in the house?

Before you spend one more dollar on sprays or poisons, to a very careful walkabout around the foundation of the house outside. Every single time we've ever had ants I've found a large anthill housing a large colony. As soon as I've kilt them all, no more ant problem for that year. Ya gots ta find where they are coming from.

 

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Number of lady bugs I put in my garden last night. Outdoor grows have bugs, and mine is no exception. The plants are extremely healthy, with one approaching 10 feet tall. It is the only one I didn't top, just to see what it would do. But I've seen white flies flying around, and I can see other bugs on them through my magnifying glass. So I bought lady bugs from two sources yesterday, 1,500 to a bag, and put them in the garden last night. I'm going out in a little while to see how they are doing. I put one bag on them a month or so ago, and they went to town. I was hoping they laid eggs and I'd have some in residence for awhile, but those were gone after a few days. Hopefully I can get a full-time crew working out of this batch.


10 feet tall??? What are you feeding those things? Are you under a tree canopy? Any spider mites hitting your plants? Those things are little ba$tards.


That big one was sprouted from seed in April, put in the ground in early May. The two others of that strain that I pinched are probably 7 feet tall. I've been assuming the tall one was a male, and I'd be pulling it up. But I don't think that is going to be the case. I think it's a girl.

I give them Foxfarm Grow Big and Big Bloom, and have recently given them Alaska fish emulsion. Some foliar feeding. I dug big, deep holes, and put in four bags of Foxfarm Ocean Forest for each plant. Full sun from about 10:30 to 5:30, but that will increase as the sun drops some in the sky, and as I get some more branches cut out of the way. Trees blocking it in the morning now, the house in the evening. This is just July. I'll post some photos when the fun starts.

 

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  posted on 7/25/2010 at 11:40 AM
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Th red ones or the crunchy ones?

 

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  posted on 7/25/2010 at 04:35 PM
Where do you buy 3,000 ladybugs?

 

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  posted on 7/25/2010 at 05:03 PM
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http://www.arbico-organics.com/product/Live-Ladybugs

for example, there are many (i just googled 'buy ladybugs online')

 

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  posted on 7/25/2010 at 05:14 PM
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Do they eat ants? I have an onging ant problem, and yes I even had a professional spray and use Delta Dust, but they still prevail.


what is an "onging ant" ? Watch alot of PBS and I've never saw any footage of that particular species.

 

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  posted on 7/25/2010 at 05:32 PM
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They come in bags of 1,500. I bought one bag at my local lumber yard, and the other at a feed and pet supply store. I bought the last bag they had at the lumber yard, and wanted to try a different source, so I got one from a place I like to go for clay pots and succulents, as well as cat food.

You are supposed to let them loose at night. I spray misted the plants real well, and sprayed the ground under them with the hose. then I tore the bags open and distributed the bugs among all the plants. this morning they are all over the plants, and crawling all over the place. I misted them this morning to give them some water, before the sun got on the plants. I'll mist them every evening, too, for the plants and for the lady bugs. Hopefully they'll hang around for awhile.

charlie, I think the light has a little to do with the height, but not that much. It has a nice thick stalk and lots of vegetation. Huge fan leaves, and growing straight and tall. This morning I looked real close at that one and the other two that came from seed, and I believe they are all females. All my plants that came from cuttings are showing their pre-flowers quite well. You can see little white antennae on all of them. They are obviously girls. They are cuttings from female plants, that might have even been flowering when they were taken, so the pre-flowers are not unusual. When I look closely with a 30X magnifier, in the right spot, I'm convinced I'm seeing female calyxes that don't have pistils yet on my seed plants. They don't look at all like male pre-flowers. I'll know for sure when I start seeing the little white pistils. It isn't unusual to have some very tall plants when growing outdoors, especially in this climate.

 

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  posted on 7/26/2010 at 01:23 PM
That is wild. I had no idea that ladybugs eat mites, aphids, etc. My daughter loves ladybugs. So a few weeks ago she caught one and asked if she could keep it in a little plastic container. Of course I said yes. I stuck a leaf in with it figuring the ladybug would eat the leaf. I was left with nothing but a dead ladybug and a leaf. I have learned something new now!! Can’t wait to pass along the information to my daughter.

So now, in lieu of a bug, I got her a plant that eats bugs, a Venus fly trap!! The thing is actually pretty cool. So far it has caught several flies in the house, and yesterday I found a bug on the floor of my kitchen. So I picked up the bug and called my daughter over to the new “pet”. I dropped the bug into the leaf blades and…snap!! Bye bye buggie!! My daughter thought that was very cool. To be perfectly honest, so did I!!!

 

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  posted on 7/27/2010 at 01:18 PM
To rid crickets and other unwanted insects, try frogs and lizards. Also, a safe spray is a mixture of dishwahing detergent and water. About 70/30, water/soap. Dissolve in bottle and spray on leaves and stems of plants. wont hurt. Also, coffe grinds drive away unwanted insects and also help the Ph of the soil.

 

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  posted on 7/27/2010 at 01:30 PM
Damn, Santa......That's one tall sister for late July. Is that typical in Cali.? Tallest I ever got was about 8 1/2 feet. She was a beautiful purple lady. Still enjoying her fruit nearly four years later. And I gave away much of what I picked from her. Haven't been lucky enough to get anything as close since.
 

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  posted on 7/27/2010 at 02:37 PM
9 feet 9 inches tall this morning, Chain. It was the tallest of the babies I got, and first to go in the ground. I never pinched it or cut any fan leaves. I've actually been having some trees cleared to give me more light, and they will be growing even more now. The one next to it has 4 branches 7 feet tall. Cannabis stops growing when the temp gets over about 85, and that doesn't happen very often in this garden. Maybe that is why. I'm not an expert grower, but this is my third crop. I know a little about it. Big holes, good soil, good nutrients. Lots of TLC. Maybe a little divine intervention.

@skyponydogboy...Lizards don't stand a chance around here with my feline hunters. You are right about the soap and water, especially for aphids. There are also sprays that have the ingredient from chrysanthemums that repels plants, or you cant put the actual plants in the garden, if they are flowering. I'd like to find a few praying mantises to put in here, too.

 

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  posted on 7/27/2010 at 03:02 PM
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I've been assuming the tall one was a male, and I'd be pulling it up. But I don't think that is going to be the case. I think it's a girl.
Um. I think at 10 ft you would know the sex at this point!

 

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Um. I think at 10 ft you would know the sex at this point!


I won't know for sure until I see some pistils, but I'm 99% sure it's a girl.

 

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  posted on 7/28/2010 at 12:19 PM
If it doesn't mess with your crop, I heard planting mint will keep the ladybugs thriving in the area.

 

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  posted on 7/28/2010 at 09:53 PM
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If it doesn't mess with your crop, I heard planting mint will keep the ladybugs thriving in the area.


I don't see how it would hurt. I might give that a try. I like the smell of mint.

 

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  posted on 8/3/2010 at 07:55 AM
Is she a lady, Santa?
 

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  posted on 8/3/2010 at 09:45 AM
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She's no lady, Chain. She isn't even a she. She's a boy, along with the other real tall one. I've been watching the preflowers real close. The males flowers I've seen in the past looked like a little ball, but mainly they were on a little stem. These never did that, but never sent out any little "white hairs," either. Well, now all three of that strain have started to flower, and I can see that the little things I was looking at were indeed male preflowers. I'll know in the future. That joker stood 10'6" tall before I took him down, and shaped like a Christmas tree. The one female I have left from that strain is huge and bushy, but only about 6 feet tall.

So now I have 4 Blue Willie Dog, 2 L.A. Woman, 1 Snow Cap X Northern Lights, 1 OG Kush, and 1 Endless Sky. The Endless Sky is a Dr. Greenthumb creation. Mine just started showing white pistils this week, only they aren't white. They are pink!

 

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  posted on 8/3/2010 at 09:57 AM
Sorry for your loss. But is sounds like you have plenty of other ladies to keep you busy. And pink pistils! Never seen those.
 

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  posted on 8/4/2010 at 10:51 AM
At what stage of growth can you tell male from female? Is there a time frame, or just when they start to flower?
 

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jim, they have little "preflowers" that you can see pretty early. Some people say they can tell the sex of any plant when it is 4 weeks old. Now that I've been staring at male preflowers for weeks, I think I'll be able to do that, too. I've only been growing cuttings that I knew were females. I'll stick to that routine in the future. I put a lot of work and money into those two lads. The good news is the girls seem happier without the boys around.

 

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  posted on 8/4/2010 at 01:36 PM
Go ahead and let them pollinate. I need seeds!!!!

 

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