Growing cannabis outdoors brings with it the possibility of producing enormous plants with equally generous yields. Indoor cannabis cultivation is great, but take things outdoors and you could be looking at anything up to 2.5kg of cannabis per plant. With just a handful of quality cannabis seeds, you could ultimately be looking at more weed than you know what to do with.
That said, outdoor cannabis cultivation also opens the door to a wide variety of potential issues. One of them being the frenzied and relentless attacks of various bugs and beasties. Make no mistake about it - there are millions of bugs and microscopic critters in your garden that are out to get you.
Of course, resulting to weird and wonderful pesticides is an option. But it’s far from the ideal option - particularly if you’d prefer not to then ingest these toxic chemicals yourself. One alternative option being to make your own organic pesticides, but it’s also perfectly possible to let nature do the hard work on your behalf.
If you want to protect your outdoor cannabis plants in a safe and effective manner, growing the right companion plants really can make all the difference.
So whether you’ve an outdoor grow up and running or are planning to set up in the near future, here are some of the best companion plants to defend your cannabis from attack:
It’s always good to have some chamomile growing outdoors, which on its own can be used to make a wide variety of herbal goodies. In addition, it also represents an effective “No Entry” sign for your cannabis crop. At least, as far as nematodes and white flies are concerned, which for one reason or another hate chamomile. Along with growing chamomile close to your cannabis plants, you can also make some chamomile tea, allow it to cool and spray it lightly on your plants as an extra layer of protection.
Like it or loathe it (as many do), dill is an incredibly easy-to-grow herb that can also be great as a protective plant. Not only is it known for attracting beneficial wasps, hover flies and honeybees to your garden, it’s also quite repulsive to caterpillars. If you’ve cultivated cannabis outdoors before, you may already know that caterpillars can wreak havoc on a cannabis plant in no time at all. In addition, evidence suggests that dill can be great for deterring aphids, mites and other bugs. Once you have a few dill plants up and running, they pretty much take care of themselves.
The intoxicating aroma of lavender alone is enough reason to grow a whole bunch of it around the garden. Instantly recognisable and exceptionally versatile, lavender is known to do a great job repelling moths, ticks, fleas and even mice. It’s also an absolute magnet for the more beneficial bugs you actually want in your garden.
The benefits of growing sunflowers in and around your cannabis grow space are twofold. Firstly, some flowers are powerful deterrents for a variety of insects that would otherwise lay waste to your crop. Secondly, they are so imposing and eye-catching that they could ensure your cannabis plants do not attract any unwanted attention. A distraction that’s as effective on human eyes as it is on the tiny eyes of bugs.
Last but not least, yarrow brings a colourful burst of colour to the garden, while at the same time attracting aphid lions, hoverflies, ladybirds and other beneficial insects. All of which have a taste for the kinds of insects and pests you’d rather be eaten than eat your cannabis plants.