6 plants and herbs that naturally protect marijuana plants from insect attack.
Outdoor cannabis cultivation often suffers from insect attacks that can potentially interfere with their development. This is completely natural because the environment contains a great deal of biodiversity that is essential for the balance of the Earth. However, sometimes the solution is found in nature itself. We've rounded up six of the most effective natural insect repellents.
- Basil and Citronella
Citronella and basil
The citronella herb is known for its pleasant and intense smell, rich in limonene (Δ-limonene), a terpene that is also found in lemon and other citrus fruits.
Most importantly, citronella is an excellent repellent that effectively repels flies, mosquitoes, aphids and many other flying insects that can harm our plants.
Thus, citronella is not only ideal for making delicious herbal infusions, but also helps to repel certain pests.
Basil has similar properties and can be used for the same purposes. It gives any dish a charming aroma and protects plants from attack by insects.
A very popular aromatic plant belonging to the mint family. It produces mauve or purple spiky flowers whose strong scent is effective in repelling many kinds of flying insects.
An attractive and fragrant perennial plant with a strong insecticidal effect, which can also be used to treat severe nervous disorders, sleep problems, and joint and rheumatic pains.
It is also a perennial in the mint family, in this case with slightly rounded leaves similar to those of indica-dominated cultivars, a light green color indoors, and a mixture of darker shades outdoors. Its size could vary from 30 to 80 cm.
The flowers can be white or pale yellow, with a subtle but appetizing lemon scent. Melissa acts as a natural repellant against ants, mosquitoes and many other insects. In bouquets, it is more effective, as its aroma is more concentrated, as is the action.
It is widely used in teas as a sleep aid and to reduce anxiety and pain. Natural protector of fruit trees, plant products in general and ornamental plants.
Another culinary star of the mint family (Lamiaceae). Its action against slugs, snails and other soft-bodied invertebrates is amazing. For best results, we recommend choosing a dark location for growing rosemary.
Moderate moisture levels are preferred, so be sure to consider soil and environmental moisture levels when planning your watering schedule.
Mint is also loved for its overwhelming and pleasant aroma. The active ingredient in this refreshing herb, known as menthol, is responsible for its powerful repellant properties.
Menthol is a natural full spectrum repellent. It effectively repels a wide variety of parasites such as spiders, bedbugs, aphids or mosquitoes. Mint is indeed one of the best natural repellents on Earth, able to protect the entire growing space from insect attack.
Its leaves are widely used in making delicious tea. There are many different varieties of mint, but the most effective repellents are squaw and spearmint.