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white jumpy things in indoor plant pot

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 22:07

Thank you Fleurisa, my daughter decided to repot all her bulbs - she said she washed all the roots and changed all the soil and hopes she didn't damage them.  The problem seems to be in the bulb pots which have no holes at the bottom.  No doubt lack of  drainage has caused the dampness then.  They were originally pre-potted from M&S which she has replanted this year.  She will get some sticky fly paper too for the flies but I think she will have to find another use for the lovely little pots when these bulbs have finished because they are obviously impractical.

Thank you so much everyone for your advice.

white jumpy things in indoor plant pot

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 22:14

Thanks Bob - I think the wet soil might be my fault - she had googled the problem and thought they might be spring-tails and when I looked them up it said to soak the pots and they would come to the surface.  Then I realised she was looking at US sites and thought I would try my trusty gardeners world forum. When I visit her I have to stop myself from telling her that her plants could do with a waterin general they are much drier.  Could the eggs for both blackfly and aphids have been in her compost bag?  She recently potted up some bulbs.  Anyway thank you because if it is blackfly and aphids then they are unwelcome but not too sinister.

white jumpy things in indoor plant pot

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 21:31

Pansyface, I think she will be very relieved to hear that is what they are.  She has had those little black flies every summer, in fact so have I - although it's the first time she has noticed anything in the actual soil.  In your experience does that also explain the mess round the pots?  I don't think she will have a problem using the bug killer.  Amazing that the maggots are bigger than the actual flies - but eurgh.  I hope this doesn't put her off.  I'm delighted that she is acquiring green fingers.

Thanks very much for your help.

white jumpy things in indoor plant pot

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 20:58

My poor daughter has been emailing this evening with photos and even a video of long thin  white beasties in her plant pots in her bedroom and living room.  I don't know if you can see them in the photo attached they are about an inch diagonal from the stem in  the first picture and the second picture shows a mess round the pot on the windowsill which has really upset her.  She said it's like crumbs?  Has anyone seen this before?


My wee garden!

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 17:15

Yes Fairygirl - Scottish through and through but have lived just outside Paris for the last fourteen years. You can take the girl out of Scotland but you can't take Scotland out of the girl as they say (and thank goodness too) I should confess that I'm using the word 'girl' VERY loosely

Percy-Grower wrote (see)

.......... maybe we are just thick in this country, 

Ooh how very dare you


My wee garden!

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 11:59

Ohhh .  I did say my brain was giving cause for concern.  It is still a lovely garden.  Gosh, a very neat oil tank then? 

My wee garden!

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 11:45

It is lovely Loganberry very pretty but full of serious gardening too - ie your water butts and hand made structures. 

The title caught my eye and since I love looking at other's gardens, I popped in - but I couldn't for the life of me get what you meant Verdun and I read and re-read everything for anything that might be synonymous with toilets - duhh then I finally clicked.  Being Scottish I use the wee word so often that I didn't notice it .  I really think my brain is seizing up.

Little lemon tree

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 11:31

Sorry to bump this back up but I just want to say thank you!!! for all your help and advice - and laughs - subtle as they were Steve .  I have googled copper sulphate Marinelilium and will try to buy some 'bordeaux mix' to have on standby - I don't have the wherewithall to make it myself as some sites suggest. I am learning a lot from having this tiny little lemon tree.  It is looking quite stable at the moment - so hopefully it is a case of onwards and upwards as Philippa says.

Little lemon tree

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:58

Thank you Marinelilium - a Cleopatra Bath it has been given and I've repotted it....and actually has beautiful roots, tiny, but numerous - et la piece de resistance has a teensy weensy new leaf

Hmmmm -  Steve, Is this where I say "Excellent!!" and you reply that it is merely"elementary"


Little lemon tree

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 18:11

As it is not doing anything I will re-pot in potting soil with some grit and bring it back in for some TLC. I can picture the scenario with the roots and water (hopefully it does have some roots.  Thank you both very much

- but - Steve...please help me - I don't get the pun I keep reading your reply and I thought you were saying the equivalent of 'what's growing here? - eh nothing"

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