How to keep your crop pest-free with Kannabia Seed Company

Bring medieval answers to your insect problem with their free illustrated bestiary

If there's one thing that keeps home growers awake at night, it's pests. Mites, mold, fungi and all sorts of nasty diseases can turn a bountiful harvest into a crushing disappointment in an instant. It is worthwhile for every grower to familiarize themselves with the most common pests and learn how best to protect their garden from these micro-invaders that are determined to turn the buds into duds.

Luckily there is Kannabia Seed Company. This award-winning supplier of fine cannabis seeds from Europe recently crossed the pond and began offering its incredible seeds to US cannabis growers. Kannabia has a particular dislike for all the creepy crawlies that can infest a home of any size, a sentiment we greatly admire here at Leafly.

They have more resources than almost any other place for learning how to save a pest-infected plant and how to protect your garden from the murderous array of mites and molds. Additionally, they have a handful of varieties specifically bred to withstand an onslaught of pests that any grower could use in their arsenal.

We're excited to tell you all about some of the pest-resistant specialty strains Kannabia has in stock, but first let's take a quick trip back to the Middle Ages and take a look at Kannabia's exclusive cannabis pest bestiary.

Fantastic Beasts and How to Kill Them

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When it comes to protecting your garden of valuable cannabis seedlings from pests, the first rule is always: “Know your enemy.” To this end, Kannabia is proud to present their “Bestiary of Cannabis Pests,” an unparalleled guide to the whole thing Crowd of creepy crawlies eating cannabis leaves, stems and roots. From the common garden caterpillar to the dreaded Fusarium fungus, this guide provides information on how to quickly identify invaders in your garden and determine whether they are harmless visitors or pests that need to be removed.

In case you're not familiar, a bestiary is a medieval work depicting various actual and mythological animals, from dogs to unicorns. Think National Geographic for serfs. Kannabia has revived this format to give an extra touch of old-school flavor to the knowledge gathered within it.

While the information provided by the guide alone is invaluable, knowledge is only half the battle. Kannabia's guide is also superbly illustrated in the style of an illuminated manuscript by Daniel Montero Galán. Galán is a talented artist and his enchanting depictions of cannabis pests elevate this guide from a useful reference point for home growers to an essential conversation piece for anyone passionate about cannabis cultivation. A printed copy of the guide makes a perfect illustrated book that will both entertain guests and terrify pests.

For the quality of the art in the bestiary, in addition to the helpful growing tidbits, you can expect to shell out a pretty penny for the Kannabia guide. Shockingly, Kannabia's commitment to winning the war against pests means that they are giving away the exclusive “Bestiary of Cannabis Pests” completely free. That's right, all you have to do is send Kannabia your email and they'll instantly send you a free PDF of their bestiary to your inbox. Click the link below to transform yourself from a cannabis gardener fighting pests into a real dragon slayer.

Seeds bred for success

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While the Cannabis Bestiary offers you a top-notch guide to identifying pests once they've already arrived in your garden, the best option is to avoid seeing the little monsters in the first place. For experienced growers, it can even be difficult to save a plant that has a pest problem, and many pests spell the end of your cannabis. Your grandmother was right when she said an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Fortunately, cannabis itself is a grower's greatest ally when it comes to preventing pest infestation of your cannabis plants. Weeds have been fighting pests for thousands of years longer than humans and have developed some natural defense mechanisms, both direct and indirect, that help drive the beetles away. Thick trichomes, specific terpenes, and select physical properties can help ward off all sorts of creatures that might try to make a meal out of your cannabis plants.

Kannabia has taken these natural processes and accelerated them, selectively breeding promising varieties to produce a range of super seeds tough enough to withstand some of the worst pests. Under the watchful eye of Kannabia's experienced breeding team, the desirable properties of these seeds have been enhanced over dozens of generations, making them a truly impressive range that will enhance your indoor or outdoor grow.

Now that you know the theory, let's take a look at practice and learn about three of the best anti-pest strains of Kannabia.

Cherry dream

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Meet Kannabia's Cherry Dream, a beautiful indica-like strain descended from Cherry and a pure Afghan landrace that Kannabia recommends to both beginners and experts. Cherry Dream is definitely a looker, with dark greens bordering on black and deep reds, but don't think for a moment that Cherry Dream is just another pretty face.

Hardier than a gas station hamburger, this variety is particularly resistant to whiteflies, a persistent pest of gardeners from coast to coast. If you are one of those who struggle with whiteflies, planting Kannabias Cherry Dream using the SOG (Sea of ​​Green) method will protect your crop without having to resort to pesticides.

White dominatrix

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Another outstanding Kannabia strain is White Domina, an indica for true indica lovers. A backcross of the legendary Black Domina strain, White Domina has taken Europe and South America by storm, winning multiple championships and building a loyal following with her peppery flavor and fearsome couch-locking properties.

White Domina's thick layer of frosty trichomes that has so excited growers around the world serves a dual purpose; They also make White Domina a proven linebacker against pests and mold. It takes a special kind of alchemy to create a strain that is successful at so many things at once, and Kannbia has one of the few teams in the world with the genetic mastery to pull it off.

Micromachine car

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The final strain in our Kannabia selection is a sweet and spicy sativa-dominant strain called Mikromachine Auto. With a royal pedigree that includes DNA from famous autoflowering strains such as Northern Lights, AK-47 and Critical, this strain is one of Kannabia's proudest achievements.

They've equipped Micromachine with a fierce arsenal of natural defenses, making it one of their most resilient and highest-yielding strains. Mold, mites and insects dreaming of the micromachine awaken sweats. If you're looking for the hardest strain available, look no further. The only question now is where to plant them.

This is just the tip of the iceberg; Kannabia has a dozen pest-resistant varieties to choose from alongside the wide selection of other seeds to protect your crop. In addition to their charming, unique bestiary, they also have a large amount of reference material on their website for plants of all types and sizes. You can also follow Kannabia on social media to stay up to date with promotions, limited editions or other exciting developments from the team. Have fun growing!

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