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Outdoor potted plants brought indoors for winter?

Kathybrunin Last reply on Sep 12, 2014

does anyone know of ways to rid bugs from the soil of potted plants i had outdoors but need to come inside for the winter?

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  • Joanne
    Joanne Rochester, NY
    on Oct 2, 2013

    I give the pots and plants a bath using Dawn detergent and water. Rinse really well. I've never had a problem bringing plants indoors.

  • Evaniderstine2hotmail.com
    Evaniderstine2hotmail.com Manlius, NY
    on Oct 2, 2013

    if you use a solution of 1 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water it will kill fungus knats and most other creepy crawlies.

  • Diane Renaud
    Diane Renaud Canada
    on Oct 2, 2013

    I used water with soap and some mint essential oil

  • Gu3mom
    Gu3mom Stockbridge, GA
    on Oct 2, 2013

    I have a HUGE, old African Milk Tree that has to come in soon for the winter. Repotting is just not realistic as the thing is gigantic and difficult to handle. Wrapping it is also questionable due to size and prickly surface. Ideally, it would live year-round in a greenhouse so that it doesn't have to be moved seasonally but I don't have one. I would be very interested in tips about de-bugging specifically and dealing with such a large plant in general. (I am willing to consider selling it to someone who will do right by it.)

  • Tabby
    Tabby Orem, UT
    on Oct 2, 2013

    I slowly dunk all my plants down in a bucket of water. (moving slowly keeps soil from being disturbed too much, I have rock mulch on them.) Any bugs come up for air, ready to be killed. I leave plants in about 10 minutes or so. They don't mind being completely submerged for that long. Let them drain well, of course, before dragging into your house.

  • April E
    April E Oklahoma City, OK
    on Oct 2, 2013

    I have always used a mix of dawn dish detergent and water I run it through the soil after a watering and let it set a couple of days then bring them in and have never had a issue

    VALERIE Southfield, MI
    on Oct 3, 2013

    I apply a systemic houseplant insect powder and water it in, in case there are eggs in the soil. If there are are any visible pests, I use a combination of fly tape (to catch any thing movin around) and quarantine for a few weeks before bringing into the house.

  • Jan B.
    Jan B. Crossville, TN
    on Oct 3, 2013

    Very good idea to check your plants before they come inside....my daughter's friend had a small snake appear on her kitchen floor which came out of her outdoor plant!

  • Noel cathey
    Noel cathey
    on Sep 12, 2014

    probly in the soil-- so reot it before bringing it into house , and add chili poweder into the soil,,,, this will get rid of any bug except those with egg sacs,,,,

  • Kathybrunin
    Kathybrunin Saint Marys, KS
    on Sep 12, 2014

    you can soak them in a bucket or pan of water for about 10 minutes. Drowns the bugs!

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