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    "Oh, now he's a philosophizer" Baylorguy's Avatar
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    yikes, sounds bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baylorguy View Post
    Well I can't prove it 100%, but there is a strong chance the ants were the reason for decline. There is nothing else that would have made brand new growth from my Stone Co, MS alata simply flop over. When I dug the rhizome up and saw ant eggs embedded in the rhizome... I was pretty sure I knew what I was dealing with.
    i would check the "eggs". Perhaps they were not ant eggs and were mealybugs or some other sucking insect that they would be farming. I have not tried flooding to control ants. i have ant problems all over the place but not in my CPs. But then I do keep them on the wet side and flood occasionally.

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    I've had ants make their nests in pots. It's a real pain. Flooding as others have suggested works the best for me. Initially it's not too bad as they keep the plants fed but they tend to accumulate their refuse in little volcano piles that can drown out smaller specimens. For me, they also seem to stratify the medium - they like digging up the sand and all that ends up at the top of the pot.
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    Thanks everyone. I think I will try to flood them out. Unfortuantely it'll be expensive because I'll have to do so with just distilled water. The water here is harder than concrete.

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    Well, as far as I can tell problem solved thanks to mother nature. We have been getting lots of rain and when I came home today all of my minibogs were literally overflowing with water. I don't think an ant colony would be able to survive that. We'll see.

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    a little late but...
    i have not had problems with ants in my cps but i will mix liquid dish soap with water and drench my veggies pots and it really does the trick nicely, im guessing it makes them all stick together and immobile? who knows...i know after about 10-20 minutes, i dont see ants anymore when i dig in to look for them. they just kind of disappear.

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    I wish you the best Baylor!

    I'm really sad to hear you lost a plant with location data.

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    Thanks everyone -

    Hopefully the others pull through, but they are definitely set back this season. My other 3 minibogs are doing great though.

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