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How to Use: Sierra Natural Science

 

How to Use:  Sierra Natural Science

 

So, you have gnats. Or aphids. Or spider mites. Or powdery mildew. Or any of the multitude of pest and disease problems that comes with growing stuff. You want a natural solution, but you don’t know what to use. No problem. Sierra Natural Science has a huge line of natural products and a comprehensive guide to using them. For those of you who don’t have access to the product application guide, I’ll walk you through it.

FUNGUS GNATS: tiny flying bugs that look like a cross between a house fly and a mosquito

  • SNS 203 (either as a foliar spray or a root drench to thoroughly wet all infested areas; if growing hydro and if possible, remove plant, place in a bucket, and pour over roots)
  • SNS 209 (applied to the root area)
  • SNS 217 (wet thoroughly or fog)

FUNGUS GNAT LARVAE: little clear worms with black heads and a brownish/yellowish core

  • SNS 203 (if using coco or soil, pour over infested area)
  • SNS 244 RTU (if using coco or soil, thoroughly wet all infected areas)
  • SNS 244 C (if using coco or soil, wet thoroughly or fog)

ROOT APHIDS: look kind of like a tick with two little spikes coming out of the butt area, and they can be winged or not (crawlers)

  • SNS 203 (if winged, thoroughly wet all infested areas; if crawlers, if you’re growing hydro, and if possible, remove plant, place in a bucket, and pour over the roots; if crawlers and you’re using coco or soil, pour over the roots)
  • SNS 209 (apply to root area)
  • SNS 217 C (if winged, wet thoroughly or fog)
  • SNS 244 RTU (if crawlers and if you’re using coco or soil, thoroughly wet all infected areas)
  • SNS 244 C (if crawlers and if you’re using coco or soil, wet thoroughly or fog)

SCALES: will often resemble a fish or reptilian scale due to a waxy defense coating

  • SNS 203 (thoroughly wet all infested areas)
  • SNS 209 (apply to root area)
  • SNS 217 RTU (thoroughly wet all infested areas)
  • SNS 217 C (wet thoroughly or fog)

WHITE FLIES: resembles a little white moth

  • SNS 203 (thoroughly wet all infested areas)
  • SNS 209 (apply to root area)
  • SNS 217 RTU (thoroughly wet all infested areas)
  • SNS 217 C (wet thoroughly or fog)

SPIDER MITES: these also look like ticks, can be an orangish-red color, and often spin a silky web

  • SNS 209 (apply to the root area)
  • SNS 217 RTU (thoroughly wet all infested areas)
  • SNS 217 C (wet thoroughly or fog)

THRIPS: look kind of like an earwig with wings and no pinchers on the butt, and can range in color from white or yellowish to dark

  • SNS 209 (apply to root area)
  • SNS 217 RTU (thoroughly wet all infested areas)
  • SNS 217 C (wet thoroughly or fog)

LEAF WORMS: hairless caterpillar; use SNS 209 (apply to root area)

LEAF CUTTERS: reddish ant; use SNS 209 (apply to root area)

ANTS: use SNS 217 RTU (thoroughly wet all infested areas) or SNS 217 C (wet thoroughly or fog)

POWDERY MILDEW: white, powdery spots on the leaves and stems

  • SNS 244 RTU (thoroughly wet all infested areas)
  • SNS 244 C (wet thoroughly or fog)

DOWNY MILDEW: blocky yellow areas on the top of the leaves with purple-brown spots on the yellow areas

  • SNS 244 RTU (thoroughly wet all infected areas)
  • SNS 244 C (wet thoroughly or fog)

BLACK MOLD: sooty black splotches or coating on leaves

  • SNS 244 RTU (thoroughly wet all infected areas)
  • SNS 244 C (wet thoroughly or fog)

LEAF CURL: deformed young leaves, reddish blisters, and ultimately a whitish bloom that covers the leaf; use SNS 244 C (wet thoroughly or fog)

SNS also has a fruit and vegetable wash (SNS 311) that, while meant to clean dirt and oils, can help with bacteria/fungus, insects, plant shock, and virus by either thoroughly wetting the infected areas or fogging.

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