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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; I recently discovered that one of my plants has fungus gnats. When i took some ...

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    Default A little help please

    I recently discovered that one of my plants has fungus gnats. When i took some bark pieces off, I saw little flies, about 2 mm long, whiteish, (not whiteflies!!), walking around. I'd like to know what to use to get rid of them. I don't want to use chemical insecticides, so some natural remedies would be great. PS I live in Romania and don't have the products you folks in USA have. Thanks a lot! Gabi.

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    Do you have those "sticky" traps in the plant stores? It is like a small square piece of cardboard with a sticky glue surface. Also; You could try a few drops of plain dishsoap added to your plants water as well to help with the ones below the surface. The soap feeds the plant and kills bugs. There are many common remedies for bugs...if you do a search on this website you should find an abundance of ideas, many readily available at any supermarket.

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    I would be more concerned about the condition of the bark. It is my experience that fungus gnats are more prone where the bark is in the process of breaking down. Usually I just replant in fresh bark and they leave.

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    Connie- any special brand of dish soap??? and can it be used on all house plants??? I've tried some granuales, but the darn bugs just keep on comming back...this sounds great

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    I use dish soap that is inexpensive and doesn't have any added hand softener or bleach, etc. Yes, you can use it on all your house plants (and yard plants), as well. My favorite use for soapy dish water; drench rose bushes infested with aphids, it will work wonders. Dish soap is mild and I haven't found a plant yet that didn't like it. You can use the water left over after doing dishes...the food particles will also be nutritious to your plants. But I only use left over water for outside.

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    I've attached a picture of the medium the plant is potted in. To me it still looks ok, but I have little experience in growing orchids. (The picture is taken a few hours after watering).
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    Also, do you think the plants are getting enough light? These are my other 2 plants (the healthy ones). The picture was taken without a flash, only my shadow as I was takeing the pic.
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    I catch the water running out of my pots. When I see what looks like coffee grounds coming out the bottom of the pot with the water I know that the plant is in need for repotting because the bark is breaking down.,

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    I'll pipe in alittle and say that I'd take them out of those plastic outer pots and let the roots and mulch breath...it might be that the bark just is to stagnant...at least that's my 2cents...

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    Those are ceramic pots, not plastic, and I read it's ok to keep the plants in ceramic pots, although there is about 1 cm between the plastic and ceramic pot. But those plants are doing fine, they bloomed nicely, the third one has those nasty bugs!

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