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Columbia, Missouri
Mrgnrf
Apr 28, 2018 1:07 PM CST
I bought my schefflera in January about 3-4 months ago and i have kept a careful eye on it since. This past week i noticed little insects coming from the bottom of the pot and in the soil. I've never repoted it, but i think it might be time because the insects just keep coming. I've noticed the leaves are pretty droopy too with some spotting. Any advice?
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Name: Will Creed
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Apr 29, 2018 11:22 AM CST
Amate is the best choice among Schefflera species. Yours appears to be healthy and the centipedes you are finding are not doing any harm to the plant. Their presence simply means that the nursery grower did not use a sterile potting soil.

One choice is to ignore them (assuming they don't gross you out!) and they may eventually die off.

Otherwise, you might try setting the pot in a tub filled with water for several hours. The flooding of the soil may drive them out in search of air.

There are systemic pesticides that can be added to the soil, but I don't particularly recommend them because they are toxic.
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