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Earthworm in orchid pot?

This is a discussion on Earthworm in orchid pot? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I went to repot a plant today because it was looking a bit cramped and ...

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    Default Earthworm in orchid pot?

    I went to repot a plant today because it was looking a bit cramped and first found fantastic looking roots! Yay for that! Then I found an earthworm? It moved and startled me a bit because it was of pretty good size. I can't imagine how it could have survived for so long in there. True, the plant is in sphag, but there isn't much of it. I am repotting into sphag...well potting up actually. Should I get rid of this little guy? Seems that if he died in there it could cause problems.
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    Jason, worms are considered to be the good guys in gardens and normally eat dead material. However, they are not stupid enough to starve should the supply of dead stuff run out.

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    Can certainly relate to the the 'startled' reaction. Do it all the time outside and have to walkaway. I would certainly be pre-emptive with the risk factor of death, decay and possible presence of pathogens which may lead to the many bacterial or fungal infections that can at worse spread through plants within its vascular/ cell tissues killing all bit by bit roots, bulbs and leaves. Im sure hes loving the mini eco system that the sphagnum moss creates though, its own rotational subsistence farming. Great mutual alliance they have.

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    Keep it there is really very good here in Malaysia there are fertilizer related with worm activity,

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    Oh I am more than familiar with an earthworms benefit to gardening. The reason why I am concerned with it dying is that this plant is indoors under lights on a wire rack. In the event his food supply ran out or the media became too dry, he'd have virtually no escape route. I suppose I am just overthinking it. Also, I wanted to post this particular thread because after searching here and googling, I found almost no information...could help someone in the future. Posted via Mobile Device

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    Living in Florida you wouldn't believe the gross bugs that come out of our old potting. One local nursery's plants no longer come in the house as they have singing things in the pots. I'm not sure what kind of beetle it is, but they look like a fat cockroach. I get tiny frogs, beetles, geckos, ants.... But so far not one single earthworm. That is interesting.

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    Glad you posted this thread. I look forward to seeing what others think. I would probably just move him to outside.

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    Hi Connie. I have read reports of a Hyla species of small frog native to Africa has spread through Florida. provided as exotic pets here but the high pitched calls changed my mind especially as they are nocturnal driving many people insane and absolutely deranged due to the disturbance. Gorgeous critters though ina picture anyway.

    When i first entered the world of herpotology crickets were a main easy staple live food supply for the many that dine freely on them after they have fed copiously on veg and fruit. I no longer use crickets and the odd escapeee in residence in another tub is killed immediately. Comical characters but will thrive living as a free soul feeding off scraps and even carpet. Pre moving from previous residence neighbours in the apartment block commented on the presence of them darting about. This was a serious threat to my dragons as pets werent aloud but circumstances arose and had to move anyway! Phew!!!!!!!!. The adults perform in symphony with each other as their back legs are used to generate high pitched tweets and calls, it was easy for me to dream of being on holiday, HOWEVER there was frequently always one in situ somewhere that whistled so loudly it could break glass, even the wild bats took interest and a non stop search/ nocturnal hunt armed with torch and rolled up newspaper commenced as we sleep deprived mortals battled for peace. They were soon banned!

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    I'd move him outside...find him a nice flowerbed or similar area.

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