Yeah! It's Bud Worm Season. Pics

CrazyChester

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Chowing down on your buds at this very moment. At least their chowing down on mine. I hit them with some with some BT this evening.

I have a question or two for those who have used BT in the past. Does it effect the quality of the weed. (Taste, Buzz....) And is it really safe for smoking. How long do you have to wait after spraying before you harvest. I've been using BT on my garden for decades without any problems but I always wash the food I grow before I eat it. But I'd have to be crazy to wash my weed before smoking it. Though I could give it a little spray down a few days before harvest. Any suggestions?

Here's some pics of my two plants progress. You can see the damage done to one of the buds and one of our crawly little pests.

If anyone has any idea of the strains I'm growing I'd sure like to know.
 

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KushKing949

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i hate them bastards i have to go out into my garden every morning with latex gloves and tweasers and pick the fuckers outta my sweet smelling buds and clean up the mess they made if that means chopping and throwing away buds i also find tons of eggs as well and fuck its just so many..good thing i got alot of colas that arent infested yet im not afraid to dig into my sticky buds to make sure they are clean this is my first grow and i will be prepared for em next yr.
 

bterz

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wtf I thought this was all stuff up north.

If your plants are in pots does this reduce the chance of getting them....

Damn im scared now!!
 

potroast

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For budworms, you should spray your plants every 3 weeks with BT, a beneficial bacteria, throughout their veg state, and the first half of flowering. That will keep the worms from growing on your plants. And that way, you don't have to spray your ripening buds.

BT will affect the taste of your bud if used too late in the season. It's just fine to wash your plants before harvest. Even my indoor plants are sometimes taken outside on harvest day and sprayed down well with a fine spray, and then dried for a couple of hours and harvested.

HTH :mrgreen:
 

CrazyChester

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The buds on my infested plant are about three weeks out from harvest so I'll hit it again in about 10 days then let it finish. My other plant is about 4 to 5 weeks out so I might have to hit it twice. If I remember correctly fdd sprayed his last year up until about two or three weeks before harvest. Am I correct on that fdd?
I've sprayed my tomatoes with BT in the evening and harvested the next morning with no problems. I'm not to afraid of toxic problems because BT is considered an organic pesticide. I'm more worried about flavor.
 

Seamaiden

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For budworms, you should spray your plants every 3 weeks with BT, a beneficial bacteria, throughout their veg state, and the first half of flowering. That will keep the worms from growing on your plants. And that way, you don't have to spray your ripening buds.

BT will affect the taste of your bud if used too late in the season. It's just fine to wash your plants before harvest. Even my indoor plants are sometimes taken outside on harvest day and sprayed down well with a fine spray, and then dried for a couple of hours and harvested.

HTH :mrgreen:
I couldn't quite determine how big that bud worm was. A week or two ago I found a little brown caterpillar thing in one of my girls, and I picked it off. Now I'm noticing that I have what locals call "meat bees" picking through my plants, and I'm wondering if they're finding and eating more of these little things I found. It was between 1/4"-18" long.

What's the BT, or the bacteria that are in it?

Are the GrowFAQs back up yet?
 

DIRTHAWKER

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I had to chop the colas off of two of my best plants and harvest early beacuse of these bud worms. What happends is, butterfly moths lay there eggs in the bud and a week or so later you get the worms that eat your bud and there excriment is what rots the bud from inside out.
 

fdd2blk

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i've been spraying Bt at least once a week. i will spray until the last 2 weeks or so. we have foggy evenings in the fall so it rinses everything.
 

stonerbean

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wow dude ur plants are nice. wouldn't mind smokin that lol
but negative on the worms n moths, i dont know about them but those aren't our friends. =(
thats gotta suck.
 

otisroundtree

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BT to the rescue...no worreis man it will work..you need to really drench those buds with a sprayer. This is also a good time to find the weak spots that may break off when those things pack weight the final 2 weeks and the wind and rain picks up...just tie em up if they get to leanin'. You see how that thing is embedded in the bud so really get them soaking wet!
 

blackout

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man i have never seen bugs like that in my buds in oz ,fucking horrilble litter critters.
we do get cabbage moths though ,but i put down large broken eggshells ,and they are supposed to think they are other cabbage moths so stay away,that could be utter crap ,but the shells are good for the garden eventually ,and i have never seen them in my plants ,and hope never too ,maybe we dont get them here.??
 

CrazyChester

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The first two pics show the type of damage done to the three buds in question. Now that I've sprayed, should I remove the damaged buds?

Thanks fdd for your comment. I remembered correctly your advise from last year.
 

fdd2blk

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The first two pics show the type of damage done to the three buds in question. Now that I've sprayed, should I remove the damaged buds?

Thanks fdd for your comment. I remembered correctly your advise from last year.
yes, remove any damaged bud. if the dead or damaged bud gets wet it starts to rot. you have to get all the bug poop outta there as well. it will cause rot and mildew.
 
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