|Plants Killed in 2012 Except One|
|Miniature Garden/Planted and Killed in 2012|
I brought the African violets from the flower show. They lived for over a year and continued to bloom.They require a certain amount of light to keep blooming. They did well until spider mites got to them. I tried not to use chemicals on them to kill the mites. I don't know how I love plants and flowers so much but I'm afraid of insects. I've gotten better. Lady bugs, gnats, and flies I'm not afraid of. I even like bumble bees on the flowers. I guess I should since if they don't pollinate the flowers we would not have some vegetables. My mom suggested I wipe the white patches off. Me, actually touch a plant with bugs! I don't think so. I did eventually wipe them with alcohol. I read that suggestion in a garden forum. I even changed the soil and repotted them but they weren't the same and I eventually threw them out. This fall or Winter I may try again. I have seeds I purchased from Parks Seeds maybe I'll try them. I wanted to buy some from the flower show this year but I didn't want to risk bringing new plants into the house since I was having problems with fungus gnats on my seedlings. This is the first time I've had them. Fungus gnats, that's a long conversation. I laughed reading post on the Garden Forum Web from others trying to get rid of them also. I believe the amaryllis and paper whites started them. The soil was covered with them. Of course they had to go. They were beautiful. I will try them again this year. From opinions I have read on the web it is thought that peat and too much watering contribute to gnats. I tried everything to get rid of them, insecticidal soap, neem oil, different types of teas. What eventually worked was yellow sticky tape and beneficial neematodes I ordered off line. I watered every plant in the house with it. I'm afraid to sit my plants outside this Summer for fear of gnats getting into the soil. When the temperature is warm in the house and new seedlings or bulbs are around they attack from other houseplants. I have one African violet left that was a baby from a previous plant. It is now adult size but for some reason has not bloomed yet.