Paperwhite Narcissus - flies

I bought some paper white narcissus bulbs just before Christmas and planted them in pots indoors using multi purpose compost.  They started growing well but I've just noticed the plants and pots are covered in what looks like tiny little flies.  I've put them straight outside as I don't want the flies getting into anything else!  I was wondering whether the flies have come from the bulbs or perhaps the compost?


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,271

    Probably  compost flies. Give them a quick squirt with flykiller. Spray the compost rather than the plants.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • Thanks, I'll give it a go!

  • Just seen this - I also had the same problem last year, was thinking of trying them in a large vase with pebbles this year

  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,183

    Put a layer of grit over the compost.......that should greatly reduce the fly problemimage

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