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ViolaSebastian

I have a lovely houseplant given to me as a gift when I left a job two years ago. As far as I can tell, it's a Flowering Kalanchoe, but I could be wrong. It's the first plant I've ever owned, so be patient with me here, I'm learning. It did really well until a few months ago, when I started to notice that it was getting overcrowded in the pot it was in. I replanted it two months ago and thought everything was good. It then developed this weird, light-colored coating on its leaves and a sort of black rot type issue, which I interpreted to be some sort of fungal situation. I treated it for fungus and all the leaves fell off, but the stem is all good and now it's growing tiny little baby leaves, so I think it's going to be okay. However, a new issue has arisen in that I've gotten a massive infestation of fruit flies. I discovered today that this particular plant is ground zero for what can best be described as a fruit fly brothel. I've managed to kill many of them using my hands and a paper towel, but there are still some left flying I couldn't get to. Does anyone have any advice for me in this situation? The plant seems to be on the mend, and I'd really like to keep it alive as it has sentimental value. Also, are there are pest sprays I can safely use around it to combat the fruit flies?

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Bethella

It sounds like you've got fungus gnats rather than fruit flies. This site explains the differences and tells how to get rid of the gnats. I've gone with the reduced watering in the past.

https://www.planetnatural.com/pest-problem-solver/houseplant-pests/fungus-gnat-control/

 

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laPapessaGiovanna
On 7/3/2019 at 9:17 PM, ViolaSebastian said:

I have a lovely houseplant given to me as a gift when I left a job two years ago. As far as I can tell, it's a Flowering Kalanchoe, but I could be wrong. It's the first plant I've ever owned, so be patient with me here, I'm learning. It did really well until a few months ago, when I started to notice that it was getting overcrowded in the pot it was in. I replanted it two months ago and thought everything was good. It then developed this weird, light-colored coating on its leaves and a sort of black rot type issue, which I interpreted to be some sort of fungal situation. I treated it for fungus and all the leaves fell off, but the stem is all good and now it's growing tiny little baby leaves, so I think it's going to be okay. However, a new issue has arisen in that I've gotten a massive infestation of fruit flies. I discovered today that this particular plant is ground zero for what can best be described as a fruit fly brothel. I've managed to kill many of them using my hands and a paper towel, but there are still some left flying I couldn't get to. Does anyone have any advice for me in this situation? The plant seems to be on the mend, and I'd really like to keep it alive as it has sentimental value. Also, are there are pest sprays I can safely use around it to combat the fruit flies?

I appreciate it!

 

A solution with Marseille soap and water sprayed on the leaves, it's a very good pesticide. Repeat after a few days until you are sure that you got them all.

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Grimalkin

   I don’t know if Marseille soap is the same but oil based soaps like Castile or even Murphy’s oil soap mixed with water in a spray bottle works well. I also put those mosquito dunks in my watering can. It kills off any larvae in the soil. You may be overwatering it too. Let it dry out a bit in between wayerings.

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