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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Some you just can't kill!

My gardenia bush is sprouting new leaves again...after I took it outside to freeze out the fruit flies that had decided to infest the dirt.  As you can see, that's a lot of dirt, plus my use of fallen leaves to mulch it.  The fruit flies were really sad, lethargic little beings that kind of sat on a windowsill.  But they would flicker in my eyesight and bother me.  And there were a constant hundred of them.  I was mopping the windowsill of bodies constantly.

So we put a shower curtain over the plant, and left it outside a few nights below freezing...maybe for a day and 2 nights.  Then it was actually warm outside for a few days above freezing.  Then with the latest cold front, I brought Madam Gardenia back inside. I let it sit for a day before watering it.  So far no fruit flies!  Fingers and toes crossed.




2 comments:

  1. maybe not fruit flies, but ones that live on compost/bark chippings in pots...I cover the compost with expanded clay granules, hold the moisture and deters the flies

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    1. Oh, what are "expanded clay granules"? Kitty litter maybe? I have always covered the dirt with wax paper, loosely, when the plant is inside, so kitty doesn't think it's a new litter box. So far that's worked. Now I have it uncovered.

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