Bringing them indoors - Insect Control?

mes111(5b -Purling NY & 7b -Nassau County NY)September 17, 2013


I have 4 citrus and 2 Poms that I will have to bring indoors for the winter.

What do we do about any insectoids that took up residence in the potting soil over the summer.

Thanx, Mike

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drew51 SE MI Z5b/6a

One method is to find a large tub that the whole pot will fit in. Fill it with water and submerge the plant, and the pot in the tub. I have never done this, and I would think you may lose some soil. But many gardener's do this. Keep in there for 5-10 minutes. Any bugs will die. The plant will be well watered, but should be fine! No chemicals!
I live in MI and I usually bring my pots in very late just before frost, and most insects have left or are dead already.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 10:24AM
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mes111(5b -Purling NY & 7b -Nassau County NY)


I was planning a series of hort oil sprays for the leaves and trunks but was stymied by what to do with the soil.


    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 1:25PM
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The problem I have every year is spider mites, which seem to be inside pests, not outside, at least I never see them while the trees are outside. Spritzing them regularly with water helps keep them off.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 3:04PM
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