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  • PeterMatanzas
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    grouchyoldman those are excellent comments and the practice you describe works well for me with my very high degree of paranoia.

  • grouchyoldman
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    Hi PeterMatanzas, I know you are an experienced and talented grower so in the situation you describe you no doubt are already planning to put your harvested branches through a serious three-bath wash before bringing them indoors to dry. Done properly, that will get rid of most bug, birdshit and other nastiness. I've done this with all my outdoor grows and haven't imported any contaminants to the grow room. When I saw mold I sprayed them down heavily with a sulfur-based product then washed it off in the baths.

    Didn't see it in the comments and thought it deserves mention.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDgd5lhMRvw

  • DeadlyFruit
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    Wow, 75% is a huge hit. You should be sainted for continuing to grow outside with that degree of loss from factors that are difficult to control. That has to be really frustrating. I’m going to stop giving advice because if you have been fighting with it this long you clearly already have more knowledge on the subject than I do. I hope you have better luck with it this year.

  • PeterMatanzas
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    DeadlyFruit taking my lumps is a good way to put it because mold and caterpillars every year means a lot of lumps. I have to accept a 75% loss if it happens. Moving favorite plants into a screened patio really helps with the bugs but not mold. If I'm crazy I guess I could roll a dehumidifier into my bedroom, find somebody to help me install a window air conditioner, move the outdoor crop in there and then *I can live with the bugs* !!

  • oldjarhead100
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    they sell white Tyvek suits I would wear one either outside or put one on before going inside ,2 years ago I had my green house completely enclosed I fought wpm all summer with pests as well I dumped about 4000 lady bugs it took them about 2 weeks and I stopped seeing aphids, this year I have been using silver Bullitt (sulfur) I started with 1/2 tsp in 1 gallon of water sprayed them down twice 14 days apart then went up to 1 tsp and yesterday I sprayed them with 1 and 1/2 tsp . Now I dont have the sides on the green house so theirs plenty of air flow but I haven't seen any wpm (even my squash plants are clean of wpm), I did see 1 leaf that had been chewed on so I think its working as far as the mold lollypop them and pull the sides out so there is more air flow . I understand your concerns but the best we can do is what we can do years ago I bought some soil and all of a sudden I had aphids I don't know if the soil had them but I don't buy that kind under any circumstances, I learned to make my own super soil. as a grower I've seen lots and lots of problems and all you can do is research and keep trying .

    are we talking wpm or bud rot if its bud rot when I see it I find a clean spot under them and cut I cut all the good bud off above and below and toss the affected bud
    Heres a wild idea buy one of those 10x10 easy ups with sides and hang them in there lol

  • DeadlyFruit
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    That definitely makes it a little more complex. If the key is to avoid spreading pests you might dry the weed inside as usual but in the screened in hanging drying racks, to keep the little pests from escaping, and then when you want to do something with it just hang the tube in your garage until you close it back up again and bring it back inside. Not foolproof but it’s something if you can’t find another option.

    EDIT just read you are more afraid of mold and spores - I don’t think a mesh screen will contain that. You also have a fair number of plants to process so you might have needed multiple drying tubes. If it were me and I had no other option I think I would probably just take my lumps and cut the bud from the stems to help the process and dry it on racks in the garage or garden shed, possibly with fans blowing on it if it starts out damp from rain. I have run an extension cord and carried out a dehumidifier to my shed once when it got really bad. The shed is a long way from airtight but it was enough to lower the RH to a more manageable level.
    Last edited by DeadlyFruit; 07-09-2021, 12:08 AM.

  • SoOrbudgal
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    Oh i believe you PeterMatanzas my Dad was from Tenn. yes it's terrible humidity during summer. Only thing i can do is canopy when they get tall so i keep them under 8ft. Mostly 6ft and under. I'd have a problem in my greenhouse with humidity if i had to shove them in there but only can fit 2 do to width of these damn plants LOL. I have a nearly 4x4 photo outdoors who's still growing wider it's a pre 98 Bubba Kush she's already being supports with bamboo poles around her an tied down. Ohhh the life of outdoor grower

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  • PeterMatanzas
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    We're burning up here in NC, plus drought, didn't get much rain from Elsa either. My cousin in TN says he already has mold. I found some mildew on the fat trunk of one outdoor here. "Some" not the right word. There was a band of it, must've been an inch wide, a band wrapped around the base of the trunk. The rain will come and it will be a deluge nearly every day. EDIT: I have fans blowing on these outdoor plants. I kid you not.

  • PeterMatanzas
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    I also feel I cannot trust my eyes to identify small insects like mites and aphids. If there were thousands, yes I'd see them. But a dozen of a new infection? I might not catch that. When I was young and dumb, I brought a clone that had been lounging on a table in a screened in patio into a grow room. There were no visible insects. I dunked the entire plant into a solution of organic pesticide. I drenched the soil with it. Next thing you know I have a locust like plague of aphids in the grow room. Now, those aphids might’ve been on my clothes and then I brought them in. The source of that trauma was impossible to determine. I’m not bringing any plant dead or alive into the grow room but I am super paranoid.
    Last edited by PeterMatanzas; 07-08-2021, 09:17 PM.

  • PeterMatanzas
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    I like this idea but I don’t have a spare bathroom.

  • SoOrbudgal
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    Man we are total opposite 15% humidity here in our area. Hot an dry.

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  • PeterMatanzas
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    Hello OJH, there's two dozen outdoor plants, they are not plagued by visible insects however mold typically destroys 50-75% of my outdoor crop. The air becomes stagnant, humidity is extremely high, and it rains like a biblical torrent. I'm much more afraid of mold spores getting on my clothes or somehow making its way into the indoor grow room. I am extremely paranoid about it because there is quite a few plants indoor, also.

  • PeterMatanzas
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    DeadlyFruit The humidity is so damn high here, and variable, to dry outside. EDIT: One day the humidity is 89% (that's today, and it's not raining), the next day it might be 60%.
    Last edited by PeterMatanzas; 07-09-2021, 10:29 AM.

  • DeadlyFruit
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    That’s a great idea OJH, I’m going to give that a try next harvest.

  • oldjarhead100
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    thats a good question ,Ive never had a problem with cross contamination and you shouldn't as long as you dont have issues before you harvest ,just check your plants first
    I cut my buds off from the stem and use a bud spinner then dry them in a nylon net how you tell when there ready for jars is to separate 100 grams from the rest and weigh that hundred grams every day when it gets down to 25 grams your ready for jar curing

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