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    Ok I've been seeing lots of springtails in my VFT pot(pure peat). I'm thinking it may be beccause I'm using pure peat. Would it be better to mix in some sand into the peat? Also, how does one prevent mites? Since summer is coming I have a feeling if I keep the plants outside they will attack sooner or later. I already killed a few aphids today.
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    Hay Hellz here,
    y does every one but me always get these springtails to bless them?
    they make suh good denizens of CP pots, eating detritus, and being nice snacks for dews, what a great bug!!!
    as for your soil mix, yes, add some sand, and for the mites, im not sure about that, i heard theyre hard to get rid of [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img]
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    Ahhh, that's what they are! I've noticed quite a lot in the pots of my VFTs and sundews, I was worried sick they were aphids or some other bad bug (I haven't had experience with these before). Best news I've heard today [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    Not only are springtails good for the substrate, they're fun to watch bounce around! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    The springtails are fine, but about the aphids... even if you kill the adult they have usually already laid their eggs. I'd suggest spraying them with a good insectacide. I use Orthene(also sold as orthonex(sp)) and Sevin. I think both are also usefull against mites. Orthene would be most reccommended because it is systemic and is absorbed by the plant so as to poison things for many months.

    Stiffler, are you sure you have springtails? If they bounce like warlock said then yes, but if the are sorta slow and TINY and green then more than likely they are aphids.
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    Again, sand is not necessary. Not as necessary as good drainage. Sand will keep the soil loose, but peat that is not packed, and watered via the tray method, will work every bit as well as any sand in the pot. Springtails?? yawn and snore!! No thing! Aphids? EEK!!!! Orthene quick!! And as Wesley pointed out, sevin for mites as a topical spray. Now get growing!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Wesley @ Mar. 31 2005,5:45)]The springtails are fine, but about the aphids... even if you kill the adult they have usually already laid their eggs.
    Aphids actually give birth to live young.

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    and females are apparently born pregnant......if thats the case then it baffles me who the father is
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