Insect ID in pots of cut flowers

ModthrythApril 19, 2012

I work in a grocery store chain and occasionally fill in for the regular floral specialist. Most of our flowers are cut and placed on the floor in black, plastic pots. Sometimes when I come in, the water in these pots has not been changed in at least a week, and there are tiny, light brown insects approx. 1-2mm long that fly up out of the pots when I lift the flowers. I can't provide a photo b/c they're too small and probably too quick for my camera. This happens in all the flower pots that are neglected, no matter the type of flower. The water is usually the same light brown shade and sometimes there is a slushy ecru-colored deposit in the bottom of the pot. I know how to get rid of the bugs (clean the pots and refresh the water), but I am just curious to know what they are. The floral specialist does not know.

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Fungus gnats?

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 1:58PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Further, don't buy any such flowers.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 6:30PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

The floral specialist does not know. Odd.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 9:09AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Those pots of water should be changed out at least every other day. The flowers would certainly last a lot longer. I'm sure that that chore is a pain in the you-know-what for your 'specialist' but it's an important part of the job.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 1:46PM
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Seeing that the water sits so long could it be mosquitoes?

    Bookmark   April 24, 2012 at 1:10PM
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Could even be drain flies. Fungus gnats need a terrestrial environment for part of their life. Yuk. Drain flies live in the slimy gunk inside drains. Old rotten flower water is full of slimy gunk. I'm surprised management hasn't gotten complaints or noticed. That's cutting short the life and quality of your flowers. When I handle cuts, the stems are trimmed under running water each night, and replaced into fresh water. How many droopy flowers does your establishment suffer?

    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 3:48AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

You know, calliope...drain flies are a good possibility.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 4:33PM
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