Ask a Question forum: Worm castings (or some kind of feces?) under house plant

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Atlanta, GA
Jun 23, 2017 1:31 PM CST
Help!! I have this lovely pathos that I keep in my house. I am having a gnat problem with it, so I lifted the pot off the tray to make sure it was clean, and found a scary sight (see picture)!! I dumped it and scrubbed the tray clean. Three days later, the pile is starting again. Any ideas what this could be???

Thanks in advance!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Jun 23, 2017 3:45 PM CST

I think you have a colony of earthworms living in your plant. Smiling

The gnats are caused by overwatering.
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Jun 24, 2017 8:11 AM CST
Daisy is right on. It is not a good idea to use garden soil for your indoor plants. Better to stick with indoor soilless, potting mixes that are primarily peat moss and perlite. Compost and other garden soils are too dense for most houseplants and also are sources of insects and other pathogens.
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