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Has anyone any suggestions on how to get rid of whitefly on indoor cyclamen? Mine are covered

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,410

    I have been known to fill a washing up bowl with cool water and a little washing up liquid and, holding my fingers over the base of the plant and the surface of the compost, slosh a plant upside down around in the water for a few moments - it's worked with various houseplants, but I've not done it with cyclamen so don't know how they'd react. 

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  • Thank you. I am not sure about cyclamen as they do not like getting their corms wet. Could work if I let them dry off a bit before putting them the right way up.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,410
    Agilityamber wrote (see)

    Thank you. I am not sure about cyclamen as they do not like getting their corms wet. Could work if I let them dry off a bit before putting them the right way up.

     

    Agilityamber wrote (see)

    Thank you. I am not sure about cyclamen as they do not like getting their corms wet. Could work if I let them dry off a bit before putting them the right way up.

    Yes, that's why I'm not sure.  image

     

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    Inedible indoor decorative plants are the only things I use chemical sprays on, and as whitefly can be an absolute bu**er to deal with indoors, I would use a bug spray in this instance but would do the actual spraying outdoors.  That way the cloud of whitefly which will take off will not settle inside your house and find their way back to your plants. image

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  • Thank you. I have tried one of the plants with washing up liquid but will get a bug spray & try that.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,864

    Indoor plants I use ordinary fly spray.(pyrethrum based)

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  • My Son has had a hibiscus for 20 years and for some reason got white flies this year,so I decided that I will get rid of them,here's how.Before I take a shower I pack a plastic garbage bag in the top of the pot  (to protect soil) then plant gets a one or two minute shower which washes off the white flies which go down the drain.I started doing this four weeks ago and from 10.000 flies today I found two.The thing is get rid of them before they can lay eggs and keep doing it until all old eggs have hatched. I keep the plant by itself in a closed bathroom.

    Bill

  • Thank you for both suggestions. I will try both & see which one works the best

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