A couple of days ago I posted an update about the indoor garden, and how it was under attack by thrips, (a small winged creature that feeds on the plant foliage.) and wasn't really sure what to do about it with what I have at my disposal for getting rid of pests.
Some great suggestions were given to me, thanks all of you. Turns out I had some diatomaceous earth, which @drutter suggested I try. I had forgotten that I had some and that it can be used to eradicate pests from indoor plants. I purchased it last summer to get rid of fleas that my cat Covid brought in from outdoors. It worked like a charm!
Since topping the soil of my indoor plants with some diatomaceous earth, I haven't seen any new signs of the thrips, and the new plant growth is looking very healthy.
Here is the current condition of the garden:
There are no drastic differences yet, but the important thing is that it is looking pest free and new growth is occurring.
I went pretty heavy on the diatomaceous earth, which is noticeable in the photos as a white powdery looking substance on the top soil. It is comprised of some aquatic creature called diatoms that have become fossilized and are ground up into a powder that will obliterate bugs that come into contact with it.
Every time I use it, the bugs seems to disappear real fast.
Let's have a look at some more photos.
Thrips can't hold this one back, it has some pretty lush new growth starting, and I suspect the fan leaves will get big very fast.
Nice and green, looks a little rough in some spots but I think we will be ok.
The canopy is not as even as I would like it, but I can work with this and probably manipulate it a bit during this growth stage, which should increase in speed now that the fan leaves are getting large, and repotting will be necessary one more time with these, as I'm planning to grow them a little larger than usual due to losing a few plants from the trips attack.
I have high hopes for this one, because it came from very strong purple stuff that was labelled "purple cheese." It stands out compared to the others and looks quite different in my opinion, so it will be interesting to see what happens. Hopefully it is a female because it's the only one I have growing of this particular strain, but I still have a few seeds left of it anyway that I will start next batch.
Overall the cannabis plants are looking pretty happy, and so is the graptosedum bronze.
Here's a close up of the graptosedum bronze:
Looks like a scabbed up mess after the thrips, but it is still a very healthy plant and will recover just fine.
I have some lettuce sprouting here, and a variety of wild flowers that came in an assortment pack.
This is a 3D printed seed starter that I found on Thingiverse. Seeds Hydration Jar by Taskino April 05, 2021
Its intended as a hydrator for seeds, but I use it for a seed starter with the soil. It's one of the most used and most practical prints that I've produced thus far with 3D printing as far as indoor gardening is concerned. I like that I can pop out single seedling containers if some need transplanting before others, very convenient.
More very healthy looking flower sprouts. I don't know what any of them are, they are just labelled as a variety.
They kind of look like some sort of dandelions to me, maybe they are genetically altered :D
Usually I keep the tent wide open, but for now I'm keeping it zipped up as a means to keep the pests out.
That's all for today, thanks for stopping by.
Have a great day! -@futuremind