One of the many benefits of hybriponic Gardyning is experiencing fewer pests and diseases than outdoor gardening. Growing with Gardyn’s indoor, AI-assisted design lets you take more control of your growing environment and optimize plant health.
However, when growing any plants, there is always a risk for tiny invaders! Knowing how to prevent, identify, and treat pests early will help keep your Gardyn healthy and your plants happy. We’re here to help!
Integrating preventive techniques into your daily Gardyning routine is the best way to protect your plants. Below, you'll find our best tips to deter pests from being attracted to your Gardyn, reducing the risk of an infestation.
1. Observe and monitor your plants regularly
- Early detection and diagnosis of infestations will allow you to make the best control decisions before the problem feels unmanageable.
- Sticky traps are an excellent way to proactively monitor specific pest populations because they can help catch the first few pests and alert you before an infestation grows too large. Sticky traps come in different colors based on the most commonly attractive colors for specific pests.
2. Keep your plants and device healthy and refreshed
- Healthy plants have a strong immune system and can naturally repel many pests and diseases.
- Refreshing your tank monthly and topping it off weekly will help you avoid stressing your plants. Neglecting either can stress your plants and make them susceptible to attacks from diseases and pests.
- Keep your Gardyn clean by performing a quarterly Light Cleaning (and bi-annual Deep Cleaning) to sterilize your device. Also perform a Light Cleaning when you are ready to start fresh with all new plants on your Gardyn after a pest infestation.
3. Identify and remove pest habitats
- We recommend keeping your Gardyn area tidy, as pests are attracted to dead or dying leaves. Remove unsprouted yCubes, any plants that have bolted and are no longer producing, as well as dead leaves regularly. This includes leaves on your plants, and any bits that may fall on or around your lid as a result of harvesting and care. Removing decaying material from around your Gardyn gives pests less incentive to visit your device.
4. Minimize the risk of pests coming from outside or nearby potted plants
- Be mindful of where in your home you place your Gardyn. Pests can easily be drawn in from outside near open windows or doors. Assess your area for paths pests could use to enter, and block off any you see. Look for small gaps near windows or doors, as these are common entry points.
- Pests can live in the soil of potted houseplants. Placing soil-based houseplants near or on your system can transfer these pests to your Gardyn plants. Keep plants in soil away from your Gardyn to reduce the chance of cross-contamination.
5. Wash your hands and forearms before handling plants
- Pests can be very small and can travel throughout your home on your clothing or skin. Washing your hands and rolling up your sleeves (literally!) before handling your Gardyn is a great practice to prevent pests.
6. Monitor your pets
- Pets that move outdoors and indoors frequently can bring pest hitchhikers with them. If you have pets, we suggest you closely monitor your Gardyn for any signs of pests and act quickly at the first sign.
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