Oh My-Planta! Gnats Attacked Our Plants!

Oh My-Planta! Gnats Attacked Our Plants!

We are plant people! We love our plants. Over the years, we have been building our plant family one at a time. Presently, we have between 30-40 plants that we have either bought, inherited, or propagated. Recently, we have discovered our propagated tiny Swiss Cheese Monstera had gnats flying and running around in the soil.

closeup of gnat

macro close-up of gnat taken with my iphone 13 pro max

Our baby Monstera plant

We tried several home remedies such as using hydrogen peroxide mixed with water to water the soil, completely drying out the soil, setting apple cider vinegar and dish soap traps and more; all to rid the soil of these nasty pests to no avail. Soon, we noticed other plants started having issues. It was time to go up a notch in our pest control.

Bring out the heavy-duty pest control.

After several days of researching some of the best ways to rectify this issue, we found that most plant enthusiasts used various sprays or water treatment that did not harm the plants but combatted only the bug issue. We hoped that their tips would help so we went to Amazon and ordered a few things to help tackle our issues.

  1. Sticky gnat traps: These traps are placed into the soil and have a VERY sticky surface to capture the gnats. You can find these HERE.
  2. Neem Oil: Kills eggs, larvae, and adult stages of MANY plant invader insects. You can use it safely on plants and is more organic than some other plant pesticides. Find product HERE.
  3. Bonide Systemic House Plant Insect Control: Granules that can be applied both via watering or sprinkling on your soil to effectively treat your insect issue. Find this product HERE.

We are currently treating our plants with the three above products and have seen some mild results initially. We hope these products work and we look forward to happy and healthy plants for years to come.

Any Advice?

Now that you are learning about our plant issues, tell us what you would do. How would you treat this issue? Do you have any tricks or tips to share with us? Have you dealt with this before? We are always trying to educate ourselves and look forward to your feedback!

Happy Planting!

Shannon and Fuad

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FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Hanging Planter Basket

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Hanging Planter Basket

In the recent past, I have become quite the plant enthusiast.  In keeping with my new passion, I am always on the lookout for new plants and ways to showcase them. I saw these hanging baskets pop up on my plant pages, and I knew it would be something that I could make myself. This is the result of my “can I make this myself” discovery. So many of us crocheters catch ourselves saying that from time to time when we see projects like these. Below, find the written pattern to this hanging planter basket. I hope it is as easy to whip up as it was for me! Also, please note, you don’t have to be a plant enthusiast to enjoy these baskets. You can find so many uses for these around your home. Enjoy!




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Materials you will need:

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-Any cotton yarn (use 2 strands held together) or use 1 strand of bulky yarn
Size H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle

-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-You can use any size 4 medium, worsted weight yarn for this project (Use 2 strands held together to make it thicker, or use size 5 bulky yarn to make this basket)
-This basket is approximately 8 inches wide and deep.
-You can check out yarnsub.com to see yarn substitutions that are equal to the yarn I used in this project.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
DC: Double Crochet


There is no video tutorial for this pattern.

Using 2 strands of yarn held together to make a bulky yarn, OR use bulky yarn

Start with ch 3, work in continuous rounds for the whole basket (no sl sts at the end of the rounds) and DO NOT turn your work.

Rnd 1: 10 DC in 3rd Ch from hook. (10)

Rnd 2: 2 DC in each st around. (20)

Rnd 3: [2 DC in next st, DC in next st] 10 times. (30)

Rnd 4: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 2 sts] 10 times. (40)

Rnd 5: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 3 sts] 10 times. (50)

Rnd 6: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 4 sts] 10 times. (60)

Rnd 7-9: [DC2TOG, DC in next 4 sts] 10 times. (50)

Rnd 8: [DC2TOG, DC in next 3 sts] 10 times. (40)

Rnd 9: [DC2TOG, DC in next 2 sts] 10 times. (30)

After Rnd 9, HDC in next st, SC in next st, Sl st in next st.

Loop for hanging: Ch 15 or 18, sl st back into the same st. Fasten off with LONG tail.
Wrap long tail around base of loop for extra support and good looks! Weave in the end.


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