Trasitioning plants fromoutside, and buggy, to inside...

by Kathleen
I can't seem to find the post about putting outdoor plants on plastic bag, then bring inside, as it kills the buggies. I need instructions about how long, and if I need to spray hem first with something, and should I seal the bag completely, as well as where to put it after the plants are in...eek!
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  • Tabby Tabby on Aug 18, 2013
    I haven't seen that post but what I do is get a 5 or 6 gallon bucket, fill halfway with water, then slowly dunk the whole plant into it. If you do it gently enough, the potting soil won't come up very much, (you could always put a layer of tin foil wrapped around the plant's stem to cover the pot and keep the soil there.) You literally dunk the entire plant and leave it for 15 minutes. You may have to put a brick alongside the plant over the pot rim, to hold it down under the water. Any bugs come gasping up swimming to air, so you can kill them as needed, or they drown under the foil if you used that. Then slowly remove plant and pot and let drain somewhere off the ground, so less likely to get more bugs before you take it inside. It's messy but effective and you are not using potentially-harmful pesticides that your kids or pets might get off of the plant leaves later. It also gets dust off the leaves, so the plant can breathe better.

  • I think that is good for getting the top foliage bugs, but many are living in the soil. Because of that I tend not to bring many plants indoors.

  • Kathleen Kathleen on Aug 19, 2013
    Thanks soo much Tabby:) Very useful to me, and definitely do not want to use any chemicals!

  • Kathleen Kathleen on Aug 19, 2013
    I live in PA, so have to take some plants inside, especially the ones I had growing inside to begin with:) I just read about putting the plant in a plastic bag, spray with a mix of liquid dish detergent and water, and piercing holes for air, leaving it in a shaded area outside for 2-3 days.

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Aug 19, 2013
    Clemson University Extension recommends spraying the plants outside with a commercial insecticidal soap several days before bringing them indoors. Then spray them again a day or two before you bring them in:

  • Catherine Smith Catherine Smith on Aug 19, 2013
    Agree with Douglas. I've found that to be the best way to deal with ride along pests, although I use homemade insecticidal soap.

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    • Catherine Smith Catherine Smith on Aug 20, 2013
      @Douglas Hunt No problem, Douglas I have had a heck of time finding Fels Naptha in my area for some reason, so I went together with a couple of my MG buddies and we bought a case online and split it between us. I normally store bar soap in both my pantry and my bathroom shelves. The soap will "harden up" that way and makes it easier to shave it.

  • Kathleen Kathleen on Aug 20, 2013
    Thanks all for the great suggestions:)