As more countries move to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, dispensaries are increasingly getting more and more prevalent to fulfill demand. Since the business of growing marijuana for medical use grows, serious consideration must be given to methods of improving crop yield, automation, and decreasing the cost of growing. One of the most preventable causes of lost profit in a hydroponic dispensary is a form of fungus called powdery mildew.
Powdery mildew is a very common disorder, and is well known to a lot of farmers and gardeners. It poses a particular difficulty to growers of marijuana, however. The fungus thrives in an environment marked by high humidity and mid range temperatures. Sadly, this makes bud plants extremely prone to powdery mildew, as these are also the conditions under which cannabis grows finest. Plants that are infected with powdery mildew will begin to display white spots that will gradually spread to cover the plant if not treated. As the fungus continues to reproduce, the mildew will eventually cover the plant, killing it in the process.
Needless to saya parasite of this variety can cause a great deal of harm in terms of the crop yield and profitability of a health dispensary. Certain types of commercial fungicide exist which may kill of the mould before it evolves too much. Unfortunately, these substances may only be applied through certain phases of their life cycle of marijuana plants without negatively impacting their health. In the conducive environment that a hydroponic dispensary supplies, one plant which becomes infected with powdery mildew will quickly allow it to spread to other people, raising the general business expense of making use of these fungicides.