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Moss maggots?

Post  Neil Jaeger on Sun Aug 22, 2010 6:41 am

I just bought a San Jose Juniper from a nursery that was in a very high humidity green house. It had moss growing about 2 inches up the trunk. I used an old toothbrush to remove it and kept seeing these little maggot looking things moving rather quickly to hide in another crack or crevice. I than saw another that was a little bigger and sort of looked like a mini pill bug or rolly poley. Does anybody know what these are? Or are they harmful to the plant?

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Sun Aug 22, 2010 11:19 am

The bugs are probably eating decaying matter not your tree, BUT that much moss says to me, TOO WET.

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Post  Neil Jaeger on Sun Aug 22, 2010 3:04 pm

Yes i just bought it yesterday, and the nursery was way to wet. I was just wondering if now that the moss is gone will the bugs go away? Is this a big problem?

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Post  JimLewis on Sun Aug 22, 2010 3:11 pm

I'd guess that they will. If the tree has been too wet for a long time, the soil is probably pretty well shot, so it may take some time. But those kinds of critters generally need excess moisture to thrive.

Just let the soil get drier and see what happens. I wouldn't spray anything at this point.

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Post  bonsaisr on Sun Aug 22, 2010 3:19 pm

I wonder why he didn't have the junipers outside? Since San Jose is pretty hardy, you could take it out of the pot & stick it in the ground over the winter. Use a rose cone.
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Post  Neil Jaeger on Sun Aug 22, 2010 4:30 pm

Thank you very much for the advise. I bought the tree at Hollow Creek NY and while it is a beautiful place, i just think he has WAY to many trees. He works a full time job and has 4 large greenhouses and tables built everywhere. So the tree will need love to get it back to par, but i got a great deal on it. here is some pics.

Here is the san jose, to wet for sure.















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Post  JimLewis on Sun Aug 22, 2010 8:12 pm

I think I would remove it from that small pot and plant it in one about twice that size. Wash away some (not all) of the old soil around the roots, then fill in with Tuface or whatever you use for bonsai soil. That'll give it a bit more comfortable recovery.

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Sun Aug 22, 2010 8:25 pm

JimLewis wrote:I think I would remove it from that small pot and plant it in one about twice that size. Wash away some (not all) of the old soil around the roots, then fill in with Tuface or whatever you use for bonsai soil. That'll give it a bit more comfortable recovery.

I would not mess with the roots here in Florida.

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Post  Neil Jaeger on Sun Aug 22, 2010 11:53 pm

Thank you both so much for your replies. The owner at Hollow Creek and my club said to leave it alone for the winter. Then in the spring go at it.

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Post  alexdestin on Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:56 am

Maggots make a very effective bait when it is large enough, they are an excellent bait for trout, protect it in case of tin with holes to admit air filled with sounds, where they travel a bit and keep alive a few days.

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Post  andre on Sat Sep 11, 2010 10:58 pm

those guys at hollow creek are good guy i met then at the mid atlantic.

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Post  dominicjoe on Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:49 am

Use good cultural practices are the best way to control fungus gnats. Leaving the ground as dry as possible without harming the plants that you can effectively kill many maggots.

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