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lebmung

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Earthworms in pots
« on: November 20, 2020, 07:22:44 AM »
Any idea how to kill earthworms from pots?
I get this problem every fall they eat my humus rich potting mix. Their casting affect my soil making it heavy and waterlogged.
I know most of the people think they are good, yes they are in soil outside not in pots.

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Re: Earthworms in pots
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2020, 12:19:45 PM »
all my pots are full of earth worms.  I never thought of it being a problem.  I have grafted my trees to rootstock that do well in heavy wet clay soil.  Seville sour orange,  US897,  Poncirus trifoliata, and Flying dragon.

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Re: Earthworms in pots
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2020, 07:46:32 PM »
earthworms are beneficial.

killing them would only hurt your soil.

manually remove them if you don't like them

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Re: Earthworms in pots
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2020, 07:55:16 PM »
I assumed the worms were good to help airerate the soil.

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Re: Earthworms in pots
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2020, 11:39:19 AM »
Lebmung, I think you are probably tilting at windmills.
If your soil is heavy and waterlogged in the fall, the plants are saying they need less water at that time of year.

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Re: Earthworms in pots
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2020, 02:39:26 PM »
I have worms in all my potted plants, have never had any problems with them, I also add every dropped leaf from my plants on the surface of the pots to feed them. Every once in a while I fing one that escaped the pot confinement and got mummified on the house floor.
I think for removing them u should really try to pick them , and not pour any chemicals for killing them ,since those may set the biological balance on the soil off. One trick with which u could stimulate them to show up is to shake or slap the sides of the pot, making vibrations or sometimes the slightest movement of the pot sets the biggest specimens running out of the soil, dunno the reason but this has always happened for me.

 

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