I have 2 hibiscus, some tulip bulbs growing foliage, a camellia twig that I'm trying to root, some morning glories from seed that are still young, and some clover growing indoors. I'm noticing all sorts of flies when I touch the soil to see if things need watering. Also, the hibiscus buds have black pepper looking mites or something. I always thought aphids were white..... So, I have a gnat problem and a aphid problem? Spraying the plants with Safer insectiside has not helped with the black spotted areas of infestation. The leaves of the hibiscus aren't "spotted" but the bugs or mites appear as little black polka dots all over the buds and in areas that don't get direct light. The only thing that helps is to take them outside and use the pressure hose nosel. I do have an issue with one of the hibiscus plant having yellow leaves frequently.
The tulips growing in the containers are now showing signs of the little black dots on the green, large leaves as of today.
Any suggestions? I have to soak the soil? The gnat/fruit fly problem is growing.