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hydrogen peroxide?

Post by oppalm » Thu Dec 08, 2011 6:26 am

I was determined to find a way to keep the fungus gnats at a minimum this winter. About a month ago I was googling some stuff on the internet and found a cannabis website in which some dude (get it, a weed website) posted some information about hydrogen peroxide's magical powers to aerate the soil and kill fungus gnats. About a month ago, I started watering all indoor plants each week with 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide mixed with 1 gallon of water and the results have been great. Granted I have been watering very sparingly this winter, but I seriously hardly ever see a fungus gnat in my house. Whether the stuff is working or I am watering properly (which I doubt), I'm pretty happy because I hate fungus gnats. If you want to read the post, just google "fungus gnats and hydrogen peroxide". I didn't post the link here cause ....... well just because.


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Post by TerdalFarm » Thu Dec 08, 2011 7:12 pm

Thanks for not linking to that :lol:
Have enough plants for a random ized experiment? Half get it, half get water?

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Post by lucky1 » Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:11 pm

Kent,
Thanks for that idea.
Makes sense if it's effective above ground that it might also work in the soil.

Trust a stoner to come up with the best ideas :?
He probably already tried candy bars and chips in the soil.

Had to laugh about your inadvertently stumbling on that website... :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post by CTPalm » Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:52 pm

I've been using one part hydrogen peroxide to 3 parts water and it does work!

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Post by lucky1 » Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:07 pm

one part hydrogen peroxide to 3 parts water
Wow, that's a heck of a lot.
Do you feel it aerates the soil too, i.e. makes it more porous?

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Post by canadianplant » Sat Dec 10, 2011 12:00 pm

IF i found bugs in the soil, i mix a few drops of dish soap in some water, then water the plant with that, let it soak through for abotu 5 minutes, then flush the soil with clean water. In my experience, its never effected my plants. Something to think about at least!
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Post by CTPalm » Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:56 am

lucky1 wrote:
one part hydrogen peroxide to 3 parts water
Wow, that's a heck of a lot.
Do you feel it aerates the soil too, i.e. makes it more porous?

Barb
Yeah I think it does Barb you can actually hear it sizzle. although I don't soak the plants
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Post by lucky1 » Sun Dec 18, 2011 3:00 pm

obviously no harmful effects from that 1:3 concentration?
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Post by CTPalm » Sun Dec 18, 2011 6:04 pm

lucky1 wrote:obviously no harmful effects from that 1:3 concentration?
No harmful effects yet. I figured if you can use it full strength to help whiten teeth . . . :D
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Post by lucky1 » Sun Dec 18, 2011 6:33 pm

Teeth are a lot tougher than palms... :lol: :lol:
Just don't swallow.

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Post by CTPalm » Tue Dec 20, 2011 4:50 pm

lucky1 wrote:Teeth are a lot tougher than palms... :lol: :lol:
Just don't swallow.

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Too Funny! I am having good results though. Going to be buying a lot more peroxide for the winter. The dryer sheets don't really work.

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Post by CTPalm » Tue Dec 20, 2011 4:53 pm

Barb like we said before . . . Don't buy the miracle grow soil - it comes with the critters!!!
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Post by lucky1 » Tue Dec 20, 2011 5:37 pm

Plus the dryer sheets hanging all around the place look really stupid...wannabe in Nepal???

Especially that moisture-retentive MG soil mix...
I mean...really....who has plants and can't get around to watering. :withstupid:

Like everything else, don't believe the marketing BS.

Hydrogen peroxide it is then.
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Post by oppalm » Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:24 am

I am sorry to report the hydrogen peroxide thing is not working on the fungus gnats. My teeth, however, are as white as they were in second grade.

Not sure what happened, but last weekend I had an explosion of fungus gnats in my basement grow room. I literally filled up 3 of those yellow hanging sticky traps in 24 hours. Resorted to using the BT and knocked back the number pretty good in just 24 hours.

Back to watering with BT.
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Post by lucky1 » Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:27 am

:lol: White teeth.

Too bad it didn't work on fungus gnats, Kent.
Means my basement seed starting area will explode with 'em too.

There's a new strain of BT developed for larvae of flies, etc. including fungus gnats, because the regular stuff works chiefly on needle and leaf-feeding bugs like caterpillars.

Good info here: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05556.html

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Post by sashaeffer » Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:19 pm

Ok, where do you get this BT at or what is it's trade/marketing name that it goes by. Have fungus gnats too. Not bad, but enough to be pesky
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Post by lucky1 » Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:18 pm

Bacillus thuringiensis israeliensis strain--called Bti.
That's the one that nails fungus gnats..

You Americans are lucky.
You've got "county extension agents" for advice.
Try phoning him or call a farm supply company.

We've got government horticulturists and they're all laid off :|

I don't have Bt or Bti either.

But I noticed today I've got soft-bodied scale AGAIN on a couple of palms :evil: :evil:
Even AFTER Dimethoate 480.
Maybe I didn't use enough (cough, cough).

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Hydrogen Peroxide use chart/amonts for the garden and plants

Post by sashaeffer » Sun Jan 22, 2012 4:23 am

Found this application chart for both 3% and 35%(food grade) Hydrogen Peroxide use for plants.

3% is easy to get at any grocery or drug store. 35% may only be found at health food stores where I buy mine. I will say to wear protection on hands and on any surface you plan to add drops, or transfer into bottle with dropper. It WILL burn your skin, and delaminate/discolor most counter surfaces. Also, 35% needs to be stored in freezer, or refrigerator at the very least.

Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide it seems is endless.

http://www.using-hydrogen-peroxide.com/ ... oxide.html
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Post by lucky1 » Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:50 am

Yeah, tons of uses (kinda like WD-10) :lol:

Today, I'll be using the Q-tip/hydrogen peroxide on the soft-bodied (beige) scale on the small Brahea armata and Sabal minor.
Same thing for the mealybug on the Cocos nucifera.

Beats the heck out of vacuuming... :|
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