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?
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.)
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.