So near and yet so far… This is my first serious grow and a few decades. Sure I tried growing some “Bag Seeds” back in the day, but never did I get to sample any as each time they either did not survive or were ripped from the ground before I could harvest them. I was determined this time would be different. I had knowledge at my finger tips and a great source for beans (TY HCC)!
Months for hard work and time spent caring for my girls, Two GDP and two Pure Indica. I read about pest management, thought I had all my bases covered. Never saw this one coming until it was almost too late for the bunch.
Yesterday while observing the girls I noticed on the largest PUI one of the tops had flopped over. As I wrapped my fingers around the top it literately crumbled in my hand and fell off. WTF? I thought. Grabbed the loop and inspected the flower. At first it appeared to be the dreaded “Bud Rot”. I check the whole plant and found two more flowers with what appeared to be bud rot and sure enough they fell apart like the first. I set the tops aside and did some research while I cried to myself inside.
Today I mustered the strength to go out a survey the situation with a clearer head. Sure enough I found two more tops on the same plant. When I checked the flowers again I was able to identify the root cause. This time it was staring me in the face…
The damage is extensive on the inside however, the outward appearance of the flowers looked great!
These little eating machines work from the inside, destroying the flower and leaving alot of poop behind. By the time the outer parts of the flower show signs of damage it is too late. I had to remove several tops. Such a bummer cause even though she is very sticky and sparkly and sweet smelling still has four to six weeks to go…
So far the other three plants do not appear to be affected but I am sure they are as I saw and killed this today…
appears to be a Cabbage Looper https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabbage_looper
Also after dissecting one of the flowers I found seeds. A few look to be fertile and others not so much. I did find a few nanners on her and pull them as soon as I see them but we did have a week or 100 degree temps here. At this point anything is possible.
I did salvage two tops for a quick dry and short cure just to test. Not sure if I should cut my losses with her and focus on the other three or try to save what I can. What does the community think, flush now and chop or stick it out?
Next step: Ordered BTK (Bacillus thuringiensis var. Kurstaki) OMRI approved to combat caterpillars. Only problem is they must consume/ingest it, then they starve to death because it blocks the digestive track which takes 2-7 days. Also ordered Spinosad which I understand work on contact or ingestion and also on other bad insects not just caterpillars. Should be here in a day or three. If anyone has any experience with either I could use your input.
Thanks for reading this far!