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#1 Old 11-18-2005, 05:34 PM
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Well, I've started bringing my classroom plants home because the temperature ranges from the 80s during the day to freezing at night in that room and I don't think they can take too much more of that.



I've been checking each plant over carefully before letting sit near any of my current homeplants. One plant has a very mild infestation of bugs. It's not bad yet, but I know that they will eventually kill the plant, and try to infest all my other plants.



So, what is the vegan thing to do?



1. Kill the insects so that the plant may live?

2. Allow the insects to live and murder my plant/s?

3. Put the plant back in the classroom so that my other plants won't get infested even though that would be a death sentence for both the plant and the insects?

4. Give the plant away to a student who can swear that there are no other plants in his/her house and let that family make the decision? (Yes, I'd be honest about the bugs...some kids would find that to be the most interesting part of the plant.)
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#2 Old 11-18-2005, 05:36 PM
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you could put the plant outside and let nature take it's course...I dunno
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#3 Old 11-18-2005, 05:37 PM
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oh, and removing the insects and setting them free is not an option either. For one, it's freezing out there and they'd die anyway. For another, I've already killed one when I tried to take it off the plant for a closer look. They are entirely too squishable.
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#4 Old 11-18-2005, 05:39 PM
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If I put the plant outside and let nature take its course, the plant and the bugs will die. It freezes at night.
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I'd choose number 2.

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#6 Old 11-18-2005, 05:41 PM
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I'm really attached to these plants. Some of them have been with me through several moves across the country.
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#7 Old 11-18-2005, 05:58 PM
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Kill the damn bugs.
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Insecticidal soap. Kill the bugs.
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#9 Old 11-18-2005, 06:11 PM
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personally?...



i'd off the bugs.. use insecticidal soap...
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#10 Old 11-18-2005, 10:46 PM
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I see the following scenerios:



1) Put the plant outside: bugs die, plant dies.

2) Do nothing: bugs kill plant, then die due to lack of food.

3) Kill the bugs: bugs die, plant lives.



No matter what you do, the bugs are going die. Save the plant, kill the bugs now.
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Option No. 5: Drag all of your bug-free plants over to a neighbor's house, then enjoy a happy co-existence with your buggy plant, until bugs kill said plant and die of starvation.
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The Vegan thing to do? ...Eat the plant.
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If the bugs are going to kill the plant, I'd say that pesticidal soap would be justified. You're already doing the same if you purchase fruits and veggies (including organic ones).



Or squish them to speed it up. While it'd be nice to find a way to keep both alive, I don't think there's a solution that would be beneficial to both parties.



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#14 Old 11-19-2005, 01:38 AM
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Eat the plant. HAHAHAHAHAHA~! I think it's a toxic variety.



MorningCalm~ You are still perfectly welcome to come and take that big plant. Yes, I'm attached to it and worried that your dog will kill it, but it needs more space than I can give it. It hasn't been happy for months now. It's just too heavy for me. Meant to have you and Vince take it while his car was available.... And, stop hankering after my wall plant. No way on earth am I giving up that beauty! :P There are some classroom plants that wouldn't mind wintering with you.



Okay....I'm going to try to kill the bugs. I'm hoping that they aren't in the roots or this is going to take a lot of time and effort...
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One things is you can let the dirt dry out until the bugs are gone, I have done this and it works for me. I have had a plant at work that had bugs and I didn't nothing more than let the dirt dry out, the bugs thrive in a moist environment.



Or take your plant outside and change the dirt and clean the pot. Put the plant in new dirt and a thoroughly cleaned or new pot. The bugs will be outside of your home and off your plant though the bugs will probably die in the cold. You may want to put your plant in another room for a little while to be sure that the bugs don't come back.



What kind of plant is this?





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Well, I've started bringing my classroom plants home

So, what is the vegan thing to do?



1. Kill the insects so that the plant may live?

2. Allow the insects to live and murder my plant/s?

3. Put the plant back in the classroom so that my other plants won't get infested even though that would be a death sentence for both the plant and the insects?

4. Give the plant away to a student who can swear that there are no other plants in his/her house and let that family make the decision? (Yes, I'd be honest about the bugs...some kids would find that to be the most interesting part of the plant.)

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I use a brand called Safer to get rid of those buggies.
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#17 Old 11-19-2005, 04:39 PM
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I'm thinking about having the plant take a nice, long shower. Then, I throw away the soil and wash out the pot with soap and water. Then, report the plant.



Just need to buy some soil now.
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I'm thinking about having the plant take a nice, long shower.



I was unaware of that sexual fetish.
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Then, report the plant.



To the proper authorities?

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#20 Old 11-19-2005, 09:47 PM
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Yeah, and after that, put it in a new pot.
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#21 Old 11-19-2005, 10:19 PM
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I wash my infested plants in a warm shower. Then, I clean them with a soapy water solution. Then, I spray them with a soapy water solution w/ tabasco sauce (a couple drops) every day (just lightly) until the bugs are gone. I give the plant another shower and then it's usually clean.



(I can't use bug spray, not to mention it's evil )
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