Termites in 5-1-1

Beach_bums(8a)February 22, 2014

I just moved my two bird of paradise plants outside today so they could enjoy the sun and balmy temps. In the saucers, under the containers, there was what looked like fine, brown sand. On closer inspection I found termites running around in the saucers. The plants stay outside nine months of the year sitting on shredded pine mulch, so I'm sure that's where they came from. My question is, will the termites damage the plants during the next two months before I repot them? I'm pretty sure they don't eat healthy roots but I'd like some other opinions.

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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

I think the fine particulate that results from their feasting will compromise the drainage characteristics and structural integrity of the mix, but I think the plants will survive. I would set the containers in saucers/drip-trays, and then thoroughly flood the containers and the termites, too, just as you would if the container were infested with ants. Good luck!

Josh

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 3:37PM
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Beach_bums(8a)

Thanks Josh, I flooded them with FP while they were outside. I don't think there are too many termites in the mix, just a few dozen workers that wandered into the pots over the summer.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 4:00PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

As long as you don't have the whole colony, it should be ok, IF they don't send radio signals to their friends to come and have party. LOL

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 3:05AM
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