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AbdurRafay
May 4, 2020 3:48 AM CST
So I found a worm in my snake plant when I was fertilizing it, can anyone tell me what type of worm it is and if it's dangerous and if so how to get rid of it
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Name: Di
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rosebuddy2
May 4, 2020 5:56 AM CST
It looks like an ordinary earthworm. Did you by chance use any soil from the ground outside? I made the mistake many years ago of digging up a cute little plant from my garden and putting it in my terrarium. All of a sudden I was seeing baby worms along the glass. Had to pitch the whole thing and start fresh. Sighing!
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gardenfish
May 4, 2020 6:13 AM CST
I has a beautiful peace lily that was very healthy and had many blooms on it all the time. It eventually outgrew it's pot, and when I repotted it, I found nightcrawlers in it! It spent the nice weather outside; I suspect that's where they came from. I'm attributing the plants health to the worms; peace lilies can be hard to grow. They won't hurt your plant.
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AbdurRafay
May 4, 2020 8:06 AM CST
Is it something of concern, should I try to get rid of them, and no I bought it potted not from soil outside
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rosebuddy2
May 4, 2020 9:10 AM CST
I did a bit of a google search as I had no idea, but found the topic interesting. They shouldn't do any damage if they have enough organic matter to eat, but a lot of potting soil is low on organic matter, and they may go after the roots if they get overcrowded. If you get too many worms they may start to leave the pot to search for greener pastures as they would do outside. I'm afraid the Yuck factor would get to me personally and I'd have to replace the soil. Interesting topic and wondering what other peoples opinions are. Apparently some people do put them in their pots.
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kniphofia
May 4, 2020 9:23 AM CST
Insects and worms are normal. Most, especially things like earthworms will not harm your plants. When we put our plants outide it is inevitable that critters will find them.

AbdurRafay
May 4, 2020 12:28 PM CST
rosebuddy2 said:I did a bit of a google search as I had no idea, but found the topic interesting. They shouldn't do any damage if they have enough organic matter to eat, but a lot of potting soil is low on organic matter, and they may go after the roots if they get overcrowded. If you get too many worms they may start to leave the pot to search for greener pastures as they would do outside. I'm afraid the Yuck factor would get to me personally and I'd have to replace the soil. Interesting topic and wondering what other peoples opinions are. Apparently some people do put them in their pots.


Thank you soo much for your replies. And what I've been doing is I've been putting all my organic waste material (such as peels) in my plants, so I hope they are fine with that
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kniphofia
May 4, 2020 11:18 PM CST
If you're putting "waste" into your plant pots you've answered your own question. Earthworms help break down organic matter in soil, so they would be attracted to the pots. There is no need to do this, and Sansevieria in general don't need fertilizer.
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Stush2019
May 6, 2020 8:49 AM CST
First time I'm hearing this in a snake plant. First it's got to be red worms not earth worms. Earth worms need cool or cold soil to live. It's the red worms that is used to recycle waist to soil and it's very good. But the soil must be kept moist not wet for the worms to survive. In my snake plants, the soil is kept too dry for them. The basic question is that it's not harmful but is very good for the plant. So if the plant is doing well in this moist conditions your keeping it in them keep it up. One hard drying time is enough to slow or stop the worms life cycle.
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gardenfish
May 6, 2020 9:22 AM CST
I think when you say earthworms needing cool soil you are really talking about night crawlers. Red wrigglers don't typically live through the winter in many areas. There is a common earthworm that lives nearly everywhere.
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Stush2019
May 7, 2020 9:59 AM CST
Yes Lynda that's exactly what I meant. Thank you.
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gardenfish
May 7, 2020 4:15 PM CST
You're very welcome! I thought that was it. I use the nightcrawlers from my garden to fish with! They catch a lot of fish. Whistling
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Stush2019
May 8, 2020 7:49 AM CST
Seems nightcrawlers (earthworms) are a favorite for many animals. My turtles would stand up on two legs for one. Red worms are good too but got to watch out for the dun worm. Looks almost like a red worm but brownish and stinks. Nothing eats it twice.

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