Introducing Method 1-pps

Growth Efficiency Technologies is proud to introduce Method 1-pps to the world. This initial offering is one of a series of products with ingredients that are generally considered harmless and non-toxic, targeted for use in Integrated Pest Management. By not incorporating any poisons into this product we are assuring that your plant products can be free of dangerous volatile chemical compounds for the protection of growers, processors and end users.

Method 1-pps is primarily intended to address the major pest and disease problems that are common, namely spider mites, thrips, whiteflies, aphids, mealy bugs, mold, and mildew. In coming articles we will discuss these specific issues and how they can be controlled without the use of dangerous chemicals.

In the US, each year close to five billion pounds of these dangerous compounds are dumped into our environment to control various pests. Yes, I said five billion. It has increased every year. Now, it stands to reason that if they actually worked then we wouldn’t need to increase that every year. While they do initially kill most of the pests in a specific location, there are always survivors and unhatched eggs. Beneficial insects and microbes are also destroyed at the same time. These pests develop resistance and without enemies will soon bloom into a bigger problem. This in turn necessitates new poisons and ever increasing frequency and quantity of applications, an undesirable spiral of events. At Growth Efficiency Technologies we are going in the other direction.

Method 1-pps is a plant protection system (pps) that is used via foliar application. It kills living spider mites on contact and will also kill some of the eggs. What’s that? you say. It only kills some of the eggs? Yes, that is the truth. The rest of the truth is that there is nothing that you would want to put on things humans consume that kills all of the eggs. So how does this work then? With a little knowledge of the pest you are dealing with it is not that hard. We can help.

Dangerous methods and materials don’t make any sense and present a clear danger to end consumers. In future articles we will address what can be done to deal with these problems in a way that is more safe and attuned to nature.

51 Responses to Introducing Method 1-pps

  1. Anthony March 4, 2016 at 8:43 am #

    I have what appears to be the beginning of powder mold. And its spreading. Its on a clone I only had for 1 week. Will this help?

    • david March 5, 2016 at 8:03 pm #

      Hi, Anthonyvapes7711. First things first. Don’t let that plant anywhere near your grow space. Isolate it where it cannot infect the rest of your plants or the space they’re in. Powdery mildew or powder mold will release spores and once they are in the area others will become infected. Now, will Method 1-pps help with that problem? Possibly. But, I have not tested it for that purpose and I hope I never get the chance. I do know that can be a difficult problem. It would be interesting to try it if you are interested in doing the testing and sharing the results with everyone via my website. I will supply the product if you will follow a regimen of treatment and share the results. Interested? David, at Growth Efficiency Technologies

      • Reyes August 28, 2016 at 9:05 pm #

        How affective is method 1 against russet mites? ??

        • david August 29, 2016 at 3:18 pm #

          Hello Reyes,
          We have always been reluctant to make claims that have not been verified. Until recently we have not had the opportunity to test Method 1-pps on russet mites. Recently, a large grower in my area had a bad infestation of russet mites and used Method 1-pps to treat them. Well, the great news is that is saved his crop and proved to be very effective against the russets. So far we have now verified that Method 1-pps is effective against all of the three mites that plague cannabis, spider mites, broad mites and russet mites. Hope you beat them.

          • Paul Reins September 20, 2016 at 2:08 pm #

            I need to try this product but the shipping is nuts!!

          • david September 20, 2016 at 3:13 pm #

            Hello shadowcree1, where are you located? Maybe I can recommend a less expensive shipping method. Also consider that we have constructed our business to keep the actual product cost as low as we can to help absorb the shipping. David

  2. Joshua April 5, 2016 at 4:15 pm #

    I am also experiencing a minor mold issue and a small spider mite issue. I’ve already placed an order, but am interested in the regimen you spoke of above? I’d be willing to post the results if you’d share your recommendation? Please let me know Thanks! Order id # BSPPE226A1CE.

  3. Rich June 13, 2016 at 8:51 pm #

    Have a small mite issue.Just started M1 PPS today and will share results.Hoping to win this battle then maintain clean plants.Thanks guys. Rich. Order# 883.

    • david June 13, 2016 at 9:54 pm #

      Thanks Rich. If you have any questions about using Method 1-pps don’t hesitate to contact me. Glad to help any way I can. David

    • Joe July 16, 2016 at 2:43 am #

      Hey Rich, have you seen any results as.of yet?

      • Rich Shep July 30, 2016 at 7:44 pm #

        Absolutely love Method 1 PPS. When I first started using it I had mites pretty bad.After the first application I saw a major improvement in the reduction of mites and overall health of plants,they really do like Method 1.Ive been using it once a week after using it 2-3 times a week for the first 2 weeks when I had mites bad.I occasionally see one or two here and there but they do not have the ability to keep reproducing.I would recommend this product to anyone who is having an issue with pests before spraying dangerous chemicals on their plants. Thanks Dave and all the staff at Growth-E-Tech. Rich Shep.

        • david July 30, 2016 at 8:06 pm #

          Thanks for the kind words Rich. Stay tuned…. There is another great product in the works that will make a big difference in your grow and as always, we keep it clean and organic. Hope to announce it within the next couple of weeks.

  4. Jason July 31, 2016 at 3:23 am #

    With method 1, can you treat up until harvest? Meaning cannabis. Im already 6 weeks into harvest. Worried about pushing it much and effecting taste.

    • david July 31, 2016 at 5:06 pm #

      Mariah, Speaking from personal experience, I have sprayed the day before harvest with no effect on taste or quality. That would not be my first choice but it did happen. The ingredients of Method 1 are mostly volatile, meaning that they will evaporate within hours of application. There is hemp seed oil in it so that would probably have the most residual presence, but even that seems to disappear fairly soon. Method 1 is about as benign as you can make it and still be an effective treatment. Assuming an eight week bloom cycle you would be very safe using it at six weeks. Good growing!

  5. Michael Parasky August 4, 2016 at 5:51 pm #

    Hello David, I really like your product. Thanks to BrownGuy420. If you need anyone to test anything and give results, please inform me. My plants couldn’t be any happier. Thank you for making a wonderful product.

    • david August 4, 2016 at 10:04 pm #

      Michael, I am humbled by your kind words. I will be in contact with you in the near future to see if you want to test a new product that I have in the works. I am highly excited about this and think you will find it very helpful. Thanks.

  6. John Sutherland September 2, 2016 at 2:19 am #

    Is method 1 available in Canada

    • david September 2, 2016 at 4:16 pm #

      Yes. Method 1 can be ordered from our website or on for delivery to Canada.

      • DrBlaze November 13, 2016 at 7:22 pm #

        Just looked at… this product does NOT ship to Canada.

        • david November 14, 2016 at 5:41 pm #

          DrBlaze, Thanks for letting us know that is non-functional. You can order from the website for shipment to Canada. We will address the Amazon shipping situation today.

  7. Paully Tree October 11, 2016 at 11:39 pm #

    Love the brownguy420. I got your product for ipm but I want to know when I should start with the regimine. As in should I wait until the plants reach a certain age or size with this product. Would it be detrimental to seedlings?

    • david October 12, 2016 at 1:45 pm #

      Hi Paully, We recommend starting early in the growth process. Young healthy plants should handle getting sprayed with Method 1 very well. It is also very easy and economical when the plants are small and as they grow through veg stage. This will keep them free of mites etc. so that they are clean entering flower. Use it for as long as you feel comfortable in flower. The whole idea is to prevent an infestation before it gets started rather than trying to control a problem after it gets going. You will find the cost to be minimal compared to crop damage and loss that occurs by waiting until you see damage. Good growing!

  8. cassandra November 17, 2016 at 4:30 am #

    Can you tell me the ingredients of this product i dont wanna buy anything that i dont no what ls in it. But i am very interested. Brown guy 420 recommend it and was told all organic

    • david November 17, 2016 at 8:45 pm #

      Hello Cassandra,
      As a 25b pesticide (EPA classification for minimum risk product), we are required to list all ingredients on the label. It also requires that all ingredients be on their list of ingredints referred to as GRAS (generally regarded as safe). Here is the listing from the label.

      Active Ingredients:
      Rosemary Oil 7%, Peppermint Oil 3%
      Other Ingredients: 90%
      Lauric Acid, Polyglyceryl Oleate, Hemp Seed
      Oil, Isopropyl Myristatem Isopropyl Alcohol,
      Total 100%

      Hope that helps. Good growing!

  9. Jeff December 8, 2016 at 1:05 am #

    Did anyone have good results with powdery mildew? I am having a issue and I’m about 6 weeks into flowing and really interested in this product and would like to try it. Please let me know if anyone has had good luck with this for PM.

    • david December 8, 2016 at 1:24 am #

      Hi Jeffery, We have had feedback from our customers that Method 1-pps is quite effective on PM. We admit this to be a happy coincidence because we originally formulated it to use on mites. We have had the opportunity to test it on thrips and mites including two spotted, russet mites, and broad mites with great results. Look further down in these comments and see the comments to Solosicko. At six weeks into flower don’t waste any time. Best of luck and good growing.

  10. Erich December 30, 2016 at 2:12 am #

    After two sprays in two weeks my fungus gnats are all but gone. I’m not even using it as directed. Awesome product.

    • david December 30, 2016 at 5:12 pm #

      Good to hear Method 1 is working for you. There are many situations that we have not tested for so it is great to get feedback like yours. Method 1 is proving to be very versatile and proven to be effective on mites, thrips, powdery mildew and now fungus gnats. It can be used on a variety of plants. One that we have found to not be a good use on is succulents. For whatever reason it is not compatible for that group of plants. Thanks for the feedback.

  11. chris December 30, 2016 at 6:10 pm #

    Hi David, we are having great success using Method ! It is a great relief to have an organic product that the plants love, and is so successful at keeping the plants free of Mites, Thrips, Fungus gnats and Powdery Mildew. Great Job.

    Rebel Spirit

    • david December 30, 2016 at 7:42 pm #

      Thanks so much Chris. We look forward to working with great growers like you in 2017. You know, growers who care enough to create the highest quality, organic. and clean product that they can. Here’s wishing Rebel Spirit a wonderful and rewarding new year.

  12. Michael January 14, 2017 at 4:05 am #

    How late into flower can method 1 be sprayed to control white flys

    • david January 15, 2017 at 2:25 am #

      Generally speaking, method 1 can be used all the way through flower but everyone would like to avoid that. We have not tested the product on White flys so cannot offer sound advice. Would very much like to have your feedback on that if you use it as such. Can’t harm anything to try.

  13. Dom January 23, 2017 at 6:59 pm #

    Will method 1 be effective against root aphids. I am currently fighting them off, and considering using method 1 as root drench. Thoughts?

    • david January 23, 2017 at 7:34 pm #

      Hi Dom, We have not had occasion to test Method 1 as a root drench application enough to give you honest guidance. It was tried once (to my knowledge) with a very strong solution and was detrimental to the plant. If you want to try it I would recommend it as a very weak solution and try it on only one plant. By weak solution, I mean less than 1/2 oz per gallon of water. By doing only one plant at first it wouldn’t put your crop at risk until you know the result. Not knowing your grow method leaves some questions that I can’t answer. There could be negative effects on the microbial community in your grow medium which would need to be bolstered after such an application. Addition of nematodes to your grow medium will help get root aphids under control. They can be ordered online. There is a product called MET52 that may work. The IPM approach is to know more about your pest and its life cycle, then modify conditions to make the grow medium less desirable for them. Whenever possible use natural enemies (nematodes) to help control or eradicate them. Method 1 is at least a non-toxic means of dealing with pests but I know of nothing that is a 100% guaranteed way of eradicating root aphids short of complete removal and disposal of the grow medium along with sterilization of the grow space then starting fresh. Let me know more about your grow methods and medium as well as the stage of growth and I will be able to help more.

  14. Subcool February 3, 2017 at 4:58 am #

    Subcool here. I have been told that Method 1 works well on fungus Gnats what is your take on this?


    • david February 3, 2017 at 5:38 pm #

      Hello Subcool, thanks for the question. My take on fungus gnats and Method 1 is that first of all they aren’t the worst pest we deal with. They don’t do a lot of harm but they’re irritating as hell. They are attracted to the moist surface of grow mediums so that is the first line of defense against them, have a dry surface (by mulching or 1/2 inch of sand or not overwatering) and they are much less likely to be a problem. Method 1 will kill them on contact. But as a flying pest it is unlikely that you get them all with one application. The IPM approach would be to make conditions less desirable for them and use Method 1 to reduce their numbers. We have had positive feedback from Method 1 users eliminating fungus gnats with Method 1 only but my previous advice still stands. Using Method 1 as a preventive as intended (foliar spray) will keep them from getting started by the drippings from the plant.

  15. Beooke February 4, 2017 at 3:52 pm #

    Hi David,
    Loving your product getting ready to reorder and can’t find anywhere WHEN to spray…sunrise or sunset? Should I spray with lights on or off?
    Thank you again for what appears to be my new weekly spray!
    Hey Bud

    • david February 4, 2017 at 8:04 pm #

      Hello Brooke, thanks for contacting me with your question. Definitely recommend twilight for spraying. In other words just before the lights go out (since it’s hard to do it in the dark). This is a best practice for any kind of foliar spray as it will prevent any prism or magnification effect from the lights or sun shining through a liquid. Alternatively, just make sure there is no bright light for two or three hours after spraying. Hope that helps.

  16. Johnny February 9, 2017 at 10:25 am #


    I was wondering how method one interacts with predatory mites? Specifically, Phytosejulus Persimilis. Will it kill them along with the spider mites? Would it be better to incorporate them first, then treat with method one?

    Also, I’m a little confused on the application rates. The bottle says one thing and then the “what we have learned” article has some different application rates. Would you suggest to adhere to the 2 oz a gallon for all conditions, but increase the frequency?


    • david February 9, 2017 at 8:01 pm #

      Hello Johnny,

      Yeah, the instructions on the label are outdated and we are trying to use up that stock. The instructions in “What we have learned” are the correct ones. Please accept our apology for the confusion. There seems to be no need to mix it any stronger than 2oz per gallon. During hot dry conditions mites and other insects speed up everything so those are the times when increased frequency of applications become necessary.

      We do NOT recommend spraying Method 1 on predatory mites as it will kill them. Preferred practice would be to use Method 1-pps well into flower and finish with beneficial insects to reduce the need to spray. Or Method 1-pps can be used through the entire process. Hope that helps.

  17. MiCraftCannabis April 2, 2017 at 4:32 pm #

    could you use your product as a soil drench?

    • david April 4, 2017 at 4:13 pm #

      Generally not recommended. We have been asked this question several times so we have decided to run some tests to determine efficacy and safety of the plant. Our thinking is that it would require a diluted dose to be feasible. After testing we will post a notice on the website.

      • MiCraftCannabis April 5, 2017 at 6:44 pm #

        what would break down your solution if put into coco at full strength? any of the widely available cleaners or flushing agents? do a quick search for my name on instagram and you can see what i am dealing with. Looks like the roots are choked out and everything is dying.

  18. Luis hodge April 26, 2017 at 3:04 am #

    How much for method 1

    • david April 26, 2017 at 4:03 am #

      Method 1 comes in several sizes, 16oz, 1gallon, 55 gallon. Retail pricing is $29, $198, $90, respectively. Alone that doesn’t mean very much. Method 1 is a concentrate so it needs the context of how much “ready to use” it makes when mixed as specified. Those numbers are 8 gallons, 64 gallons, and 320 gallons, also respectively. How much one uses to accomplish the job is a function of plant size, environmental conditions, and number of plants, etc.

  19. Luis h May 8, 2017 at 5:50 pm #

    10 percent for the brownguy 420 website

  20. Ernest Medina May 21, 2017 at 3:41 am #

    Will method-1 kilss larve that comes from moths? Hence caterpillars!

    • david June 12, 2017 at 5:56 pm #

      No, it will not. It is better suited for mites, thrips, mealy bugs, aphids, and surprisingly powdery mildew. For caterpillars I would use something like actinovate.

      • Ernie / growing green July 20, 2017 at 6:18 am #

        Thank you brother

  21. Bob December 30, 2017 at 9:26 pm #

    Hi would like to know how to order to Canada

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