Re: Succulents (HELP!!!!!)

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Posted by Newt on May 31, 2003 at 19:35:30:

In Reply to: Succulents (HELP!!!!!) posted by Melissa on May 29, 2003 at 05:57:11:

: I recieved a whole potful of succulents for my birthday. I am not sure what have of them are. Anyways they have gotten this little silver bugs in them. The little silver bugs eventually turn into gnat-like looking bugs. I have tried everything I can think of to get rid of them. Does anybody have any ideas?

Hi Melissa,
Happy Birthday! Sorry your succulents are not feeling well. It sounds like you have fungal gnats. They would be dark when they are mature enough to fly around. If the little silver bugs are the ones doing the flying, then you have whitefly.

For the whitefly you can use an insecticidal soap that is nontoxic and can be gotten at any big box store or nursery.

If you have fungal gnats, take a look here for descriptive info.
http://www.pestproducts.com/fungusgnat.htm

For nontoxic remedies you can always go to www.gardensalive.com and do a search there. When I had fungal gnats, I removed all the soil and threw it away (your succulents can easily take that) and washed the pot in a solution of one part bleach to nine parts water. Use fresh soil and repot them. Succulents have so much water stored in their little bodies that you could leave them sitting out of soil for 4 days and they would survive. Actually, that's how you propagate them.

Hope this helped,
Newt


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