House Plant Tips

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by Chicabee19, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    My hobby is growing house plants. I used to have a business selling tropical and garden starts.

    2 months ago I was at a friend's house and soil gnats were flying up my nose. Everyone was waving their hands in the air the whole time we were there.

    I told her about a method to get rid of them, and when I went back recently I noticed her house was free of those bothersome gnats!

    Here is my method to get rid of them:

    When it's time to water your plants, use hot water. Turn on the tap and get it just at the point where it's as hot as possible but you can still stick your hand into it.

    Water all plants in the house at the same time with the hot water. If the water in the container cools as you are walking around watering the plants, replace it with fresh hot water so that each plant gets the hottest water possible. Repeat every 7 days for a month. Repeat in future if soil gnats appear again.

    The hot water will not hurt your plants any more than it hurts your hand. It will not hurt the leaves or roots at all... in fact, hot water has some things in it that are beneficial to the plant, although you don't want to use it all the time.

    This is a good method to get rid of scale, mites and aphids w/o using chemicals:

    Fill a spray bottle with 30-35 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract and bottled water. Spray the entire plant - top and underside of every leaf, stem and woody cane, and spray the top of the soil. Repeat every 7 days for a month. For large, resistant scale patches, wipe with a baby wipe after spraying, then spray again (always wash hands after touching any plant with these diseases).

    A water+alcohol or water+vinegar spray will also do the trick.
  2. amysue2012

    amysue2012 Songster

    Oct 6, 2007
    Montpelier Ohio
    Thanks!! Good to know.
  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    If anyone out there wants their plants murdered send them to me. I have a black thumb. [​IMG]
  4. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
  5. cyanne

    cyanne Songster

    May 19, 2008
    Cedar Creek, TX
    How do you get rid of mealy bugs? They are the ones that look like tiny bits of white fluff.

    I brought home a sick plant from the store (knew it was sick, but it was the prettiest pattern of porthos ivy I had ever seen) and they have spread to nearly ALL of my house plants.

    I tried spraying with house-plant pesticide and it didn't phase them at all. Apparently they have a waxy substance and fuzz that keeps poison from penetrating down to where their bodies are.

    I read you can control them by picking them off and regularly spraying the plant with a high pressure stream of water. It works to keep the numbers down, but it's a pain and they never go away entirely.

    Is there anything that can kill these?
  6. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    Substitute "mealy bugs" where it says "mites" [​IMG]

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