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Thread: Aphids are crawling best way to kill them while it's still cold

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    Repotting is pretty much entirely up to you. Factors to consider - size of the pots vs the size/maturity of the plants. How old is the media? Flytraps do better in more acidic conditions than Sarracenia and many Drosera. As peat moss ages it starts to break down and gets less acidic. If the media is 2+ years in the pot I would replace it.

    You might want to pull out the grass or whatever that is that is growing in the pot as the roots can cause problems in time. The moss can be pesky too. Repotting might get rid of the moss temporarily but most likely there will be enough propogules transferred along with the flytraps for it to re-establish.
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    Aphids are fortunately one of the easier bugs to control..
    they dont live on or in the soil, they only live on the leaves, so just drown the plant for a few days!
    completely submerge it underwater, for 48 hours or so..it will do no harm to the plant, and it will kill the aphids..you can also manually remove the bugs from the leaves when its submerged, they will float to the surface, and you can scoop them away..

    Some eggs will likely survive the dunking however, so you might have to repeat the submerging..
    but overall aphids are about the easiest bug to control..sometimes just wiping all the visable bugs off with a damp paper towel is good enough! I dont fear aphids at all..

    scale on the other hand...
    I have had to actually throw away a rfew houseplants because of scale..I have to bring out the strong stuff (sevin, or other heavy pesticides)..then sometimes the scale seems to be gone, for a year or more! then it comes back!! I have simply thrown away some very nice houseplants, such as:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murraya_paniculata
    because I simply cant defeat the scale!
    but aphids..no problem!

    Scot

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    Can you just drown aphids then? Wish I'd known that a few weeks ago! Saw a healthy S. purpurea var. venosa massively reduced because it had aphids, only 75p! Didn't touch it because I didn't want aphids to spread to other plants, but if I had known then...! :/

    Thanks for the info though... very useful!

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    I wanted there eggs to die also...

    I think I need a nice green house... to prevent those types of things going on...

    Noddy

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