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A little help please

This is a discussion on A little help please within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Fungas gnats grow in decaying organic matter. it is usually a sign of excess water ...

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    Fungas gnats grow in decaying organic matter. it is usually a sign of excess water or of being watered overhead. With orchids it is tough. I usually remove the top inch or so of potting media and replace with fresh DRY media. They only fly when it is wet. Good luck, and that is my 2 cents worth.

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    Thanks for your answers. Since then I've repotted my plant in fresh new pine bark that I've collected myself, boiled for half an hour and left it to soak for 24 hours. I have to water more often though, because this fresh bark dries out more quickly. When I removed the old medium, it was full of gnats, so I'm glad I've repotted, and that I kept this plant far away from my other 3, wich are doing great.Hope for the best, Gabi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabi_borza View Post
    Thanks for your answers. Since then I've repotted my plant in fresh new pine bark that I've collected myself, boiled for half an hour and left it to soak for 24 hours. I have to water more often though, because this fresh bark dries out more quickly. When I removed the old medium, it was full of gnats, so I'm glad I've repotted, and that I kept this plant far away from my other 3, wich are doing great.Hope for the best, Gabi.
    I hope it all turns out good too, Gabi. Nice going.

    Cheers,
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    Default Dish soap works.

    Dish soap works. You can fill a pail or your sink with soapy water & submerge your plant. Alternatively, you can squuze somr full dtrenght where the little buggers are. Either works, and dish soap doesn't hurt you plant.

    I use the purest soap I can find. In Canada, that's "Sunlight".

    Good luck!

    Best -- Pat

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