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Offlinezer0vega
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san pedro problems
    #3376263 - 11/17/04 09:59 PM (12 years, 22 days ago)

sigh..
I've got a 12" tall pedro in some of nan's cactus soil mix. Was growing outside, now it's inside... i guess it brought some pests with it. Bad fungus gnat problem... bought some Knock Out Gnats and drenched the soil with it today and 4 days ago as the directions/guy at the hydro shop instructed. Got fly traps hanging aroudn the cactus too..

the gnats are still there, not horribly, but still present.. and i just noticed some rolly pollies and millipedes crawling around in the soil.. i just want to give up and repot the pedro.. (i just realized that the soil drenches i've just done will probably lead to some rot)

advice? should i give up and repot with fresh soil (starting off indoors) as to prevent pests? should i just let it ride out and hope for the best? i'm lost and frustrated... help :\


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Re: san pedro problems [Re: zer0vega]
    #3376283 - 11/17/04 10:03 PM (12 years, 22 days ago)

I'd definately repot.


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Re: san pedro problems [Re: Koala Koolio]
    #3376319 - 11/17/04 10:11 PM (12 years, 22 days ago)

should i do it asap? what's the best way to go about repotting?

-dig it up, clean off roots, let dry for a week or so, repot?


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Re: san pedro problems [Re: zer0vega]
    #3376406 - 11/17/04 10:30 PM (12 years, 22 days ago)

yeah, I'd definately repot, wash the roots of the old dirt


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Re: san pedro problems [Re: blink]
    #3376644 - 11/17/04 11:18 PM (12 years, 22 days ago)

well i just ripped the pedro out of the pot.. pretty depressing... did my best to wash off the dirt.

there is still some dirt on it.. pretty hard to get off.. should i just wait and pluck it off once it's dry?

and i have the pedro wrapped in paper towels sitting in a window sil.. what is the best method of letting it dry out? and for how long?


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Re: san pedro problems [Re: blink]
    #3376647 - 11/17/04 11:18 PM (12 years, 22 days ago)

I don't see why it would need to dry for a week.


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Re: san pedro problems [Re: Koala Koolio]
    #3379002 - 11/18/04 12:44 PM (12 years, 22 days ago)

in your place i would let the cactus dry for a while and nuke the little bastards to the end, if you knew how quick they can reproduce themselves... no one can be left.


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Re: san pedro problems [Re: zer0vega]
    #3379067 - 11/18/04 12:59 PM (12 years, 22 days ago)

A few bugs wont hurt a cactus.

Cactus are the tanks of the plant world,tougher than MR T.


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Re: san pedro problems [Re: Hanky]
    #3379324 - 11/18/04 02:12 PM (12 years, 22 days ago)

Ive had fungus gnat problems too in my cactus. It dosent effect the pedros much but its not fun having tons of gnats in your growroom. And when you want to start some other plants the larve eat up the taproots of the sedlings.

Your best bet is to cut down on watering, its dormant anyways, this should lower the amount of gnats. Then give a few chem treatments and throw up fresh traps. Then repot outside and put the cactus in another room where no gnats can get to it. Put sticky traps in the orriginal room and surrounding rooms and kill any you see flying around. Throwing some plastic wrap over your soil to keep gnats out isnt that bad of in idea. make sure you bag up and throw out the orriginal soil because it still may have eggs.


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Re: san pedro problems [Re: Gr0wer]
    #3379395 - 11/18/04 02:31 PM (12 years, 22 days ago)

I wonder if a little detergent,diluted in water would help,it should coat the larve and prevent them from breathing/transpiring(whatever larve do)?


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Re: san pedro problems [Re: Hanky]
    #3379404 - 11/18/04 02:35 PM (12 years, 22 days ago)

it also clogs up the roots. But yes it should help.


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Re: san pedro problems [Re: Gr0wer]
    #3379532 - 11/18/04 03:01 PM (12 years, 21 days ago)

Those soil wetting agents are surfactants aren't they?

I didn't realise they clogged roots,I know they can cause issues if used excessivly but is conservative use of such things a problem?


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Re: san pedro problems [Re: Hanky]
    #3380188 - 11/18/04 05:31 PM (12 years, 21 days ago)

as i posted before i just uprooted the cactus, gonna wait for the roots to dry out and try to start again.. too many gnats, didn't like the other bugs crawling around either.


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Re: san pedro problems [Re: zer0vega]
    #3381041 - 11/18/04 08:38 PM (12 years, 21 days ago)

Neem oil poured over the soil helps. A very good thing to use is BT bacteria which comes under various names like Thuricide. I got some at Lowe's. Mix it and pour it in the soil and it'll take care of the critters better than neem.


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