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Old 05-01-2015, 10:04 PM
 
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You're the six or seventh person this year I've heard complain about fungus gnats in Miracle Grow potting mix. This is a nationwide issue.
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Old 05-01-2015, 10:09 PM
 
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Hi all well I got hit by fungus gnats apparently in a bag of potting mix . everything is dead including my tomatoes so miracle grow aka scots got a scathing nasty email and phone call from me but they are making it good . Including reimbursing me for my tomatoes ....Im done for this season maybe next year and all will be good ...NO MORE MIRACLE GROW in this house at all . all my tomatoes and peppers are gone gone gone ...Im so disappointed .

How about one container for the tomato and one container for the pepper?
That will give you something at least and the cost is much less.

I'm sorry you lost your entire garden.
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Old 05-02-2015, 06:32 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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How about one container for the tomato and one container for the pepper?
That will give you something at least and the cost is much less.

I'm sorry you lost your entire garden.
I had 5 separate containers with a tomato each and 1 container with a green bell pepper in it so Im not sure what you are getting at here ...so I will leave it at that .

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Old 05-02-2015, 06:55 AM
 
Location: NC
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Fungus gnats should not be a problem unless your soil medium is kept too wet. That high moisture level on top of an organic medium (potting soil) promotes algae and water molds, and the fungus gnats have a field day. Fungus gnats do not eat the plants, they are evidence of a certain growing condition that promotes the water molds.

Bottom line is that it is unfortunately the fault of the user that the fungus gnats take hold. It is worse in an enclosed space (greenhouse, sunroom) where the humidity is also high. So pease do not blame the companies who supply the products. That is not fair. And this is not an attack on the OP, many of us have over-watered our plants thinking we were helping them.
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Old 05-02-2015, 04:34 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Fungus gnats should not be a problem unless your soil medium is kept too wet. That high moisture level on top of an organic medium (potting soil) promotes algae and water molds, and the fungus gnats have a field day. Fungus gnats do not eat the plants, they are evidence of a certain growing condition that promotes the water molds.

Bottom line is that it is unfortunately the fault of the user that the fungus gnats take hold. It is worse in an enclosed space (greenhouse, sunroom) where the humidity is also high. So pease do not blame the companies who supply the products. That is not fair. And this is not an attack on the OP, many of us have over-watered our plants thinking we were helping them.

sorry but you are wrong


Quick Facts...
  • Fungus gnats are small, delicate bodied flies that commonly develop in the growing medium of houseplants.
  • Larvae of fungus gnats feed on algae, fungi and plant roots in growing medium. Adults do not bite or feed.
  • Fungus gnats can be controlled by allowing the growing medium to dry between watering.
  • Some insecticides and biological control agents can be used to control fungus gnat larvae in growing media.
They do eat the plant roots ....therefore killing your plants . The product of MG is indeed bad and I have done research and yes scotts is putting out a bad product I have run into other people in other parts of the country who have had the same problem and it is nationwide sorry do you work for them ? is that why you are saying we should not blame them ? just curious .

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Old 05-02-2015, 04:39 PM
 
Location: NC
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I don't see what is wrong. The larvae feed on the algae and water mold (fungi) that thrive when the potting medium is kept too wet. They only would feed on roots if the roots were dead. Let's not try to cloud the issue. Too much water! Accept responsibility.

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