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Offline Janine

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Hippi help!
« on: February 16, 2011, 08:03:04 AM »
I did some repotting on my H. Papillo on the weekend and discovered to my horror that there was a whole (or seemed like a whole) colony of ants making themselves at home in the bottom of the pots among the roots.

I read somewhere the the H papillo like being in clumps and figured maybe they had not yet flowered for me because I planted them in separate pots.  Two of the three have made off sets but no flowers yet.

Anyway, I digress...  So I planted all three into one pot and took a chance and drenched it in water to try and flush the ants out or at least dissuade them from making themselves at home in my hippi roots.  I noticed yesterday that they are still there. 

Any suggestions for getting rid of those darn ants?  (I hate ants!)

One of the leaves also seems to have some rust on the bottom side / underneath.  How does one get rid of rust on hippi's? 

Any help will be appreciated!

Thanks!

Janine
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Re: Hippi help!
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2011, 16:53:51 PM »
Do you have "grits" there? If you put uncooked grits near the post the ants will eat them and when they take water it will kill them. Just google grits, it would be a good organic waty to get rid of the ants. Sorry I can't help you with the rust.
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Re: Hippi help!
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2011, 21:47:09 PM »
Thanks for the tip John
Ants are such pesky little creatures - I wll definitely give it a go
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Re: Hippi help!
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2011, 07:20:14 AM »
Thanks John - will have to google it  ;D and I do prefer organic to chemical - chemical is always my very last resort!
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Re: Hippi help!
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2011, 07:39:26 AM »
Janine, get a bottle of Maxforce, and they are gone. :mean:
It is expensive(around R200.00) and can be used very sparingly.
It is taken into the nest, and kills the colony from inside.
Spread with a teaspoon around the outside area, where you see active ants.
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Re: Hippi help!
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2011, 07:42:43 AM »
Thanks for that Stef!
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