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tomato seedling question

Post  jazzycat on 3/19/2013, 8:52 pm

I have a TON of tomato seedlings growing. I repotted a bunch of them yesterday and the day before into their own little pots (large plastic cups) and used that Fox Farm Ocean Fertilizer Mix. I just noticed when I went to check on them that a couple of little sand gnats were flying around them in the dirt. Sand gnats are pain in the butt but they are indigenous to Savannah and probably got in the soil when I was outside repotting them. They like dirt. Anyway, my question is, will they hurt the plants? Is there something I should do to get rid of them? (preferable to me as I'd rather not have them in the house) Not sure what to use on baby seedlings though. I JUST transplanted them and don't want to shock them any more than is necessary. They appear to be doing fine. Help?

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Re: tomato seedling question

Post  Farmer Don on 3/19/2013, 11:18 pm

Hi Jazzycat,

Sometimes overwatering attracts bugs especially gnats. You said your plants were in plastic cups. Do they have drainage holes in the bottom? Try to cut back on watering a bit so that just the soil surface gets dry. The lack of moisture will sometimes convince them to look for a better home. You might also call your local ag extension service. They probably are well versed in sand flies. I buried a few while I was stationed in sunny Parris Island, SC! They're tough critters! And we usually buried the wrong one! LOL!
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