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Old September 24th, 2010, 09:48 PM
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Default Ants in the rootball

Hey, I just received my pygmy date palm from RPT and I just have a question. Under the base of the trunk, where the root ball is there were a ton of what I assume to be ants. They weren't carpenter ants because they weren't black. They may have been a reddish black color. Either way, I'm curious if they're bad for the plant. I've attached a picture of where I'm speaking about. Thing is, when I looked again they were not visible. They must be living deep in the root ball.. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Old September 25th, 2010, 01:54 PM
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Default Hmm,

Ants are good for making the dirt more airy and making the soil more draining. I couldn't see any ants on the picture though. I have had several of my plants get ants on them and they do fine, I like the black ants, red ants don't like so much.
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Old September 25th, 2010, 03:01 PM
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Default Ants in or around palm trees

Hey Peter,

No worries my brother. Ants live and co-exist in nature. They are there to clean up the mess we don't want too. Ants in general eat some decomposing material and then poop out food for the palm. In this case no one really likes ants in there pots, so you could get rid of them and it will not hurt the palm at all. They are not bad for the palm what so ever, unless its a fire ant or really big ants. Sometimes when food isn't available they might start eating the dying roots. so a little ant trap should get rid of them if you have the large ants present.
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Old September 26th, 2010, 12:35 AM
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Default Ive had ants in my plants...

They dont do any harm and it hurts to have to kill them. One time I put them near a ledge and they left through my apartment window. I didnt realize it til I woke up one night to get a drink of water and saw them lined up towards the window in a small crack. I didnt think anything of it until the next day I realized there were no more ants...lol. Funny. But they did live in my plants for a while so dont worry be happy. Smoke a joint... only if your prescribed it of course, and only if you live in California of course...otherwise you might get a knock from the cops and youll be like and then your going to look at your friend and hes going to look at you like this and say something to get you like this and the police are going to do this

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Old September 26th, 2010, 11:35 AM
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Default Ants are okay but spider mites are not...

Spider mites grow on the leaves and usually spraying some fungicide will get them off.

@ Wacka Wacka very funny with the smiley faces but I think the guy that opened the door will look like when he gets to jail and when he goes to take a shower the other inmates will look like and then hes going to look like .... lol...

@ Peter dont do drugs! also just put a basic ant killer if they are out of hand if not let them be...

Now, off to do some Sunday gardening my favorite!
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Old September 26th, 2010, 06:43 PM
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Default Re:

Thank you all for the words of wisdom. The ants aren't of any size so large as to consider them giant and they're not really leaving the pot so I guess it's all good. I appreciate your help.

I repotted the guy today and hopefully it wasn't too traumatic. Used the rooting hormone and fertilizer. I watered it a couple times throughout the day because the instructions said watering needs to be done daily within the first two weeks of a transplant. Looking forward to having a happy palm. Here's a pic. will keep you posted
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Old September 27th, 2010, 09:17 AM
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Default Good Morning Jacob

Hows it been going?, I thought you had ants in your plants, my bad. Its mister peter88 that has some ants in his palm. Well Peter88, looking at your photos looks like you got a pygmy date palm tree and it looks very nice against the window. I haven't ever seen a pygmy date without ants.lol. Some are Microscopic and unseen to the ***** eye, they are the building blocks of soil and compost at a molecular level. My only concern having the Pygmy Date Palm there, is the amount of water its going to need, remember AC removes water from the air so depending on the level of AC you might have to water more frequently. The great thing about pygmy dates is that they go a long time without watering! Also, make sure there is no AC vent blowing on the palm, this will lead to very saggy branches.

That was funny Wacka Wacka, and that song keep playing everywhere and FIFA has been over for a long time! Control yourself.
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Old September 27th, 2010, 09:40 AM
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Default Also a quick palm note

After a palm has been shipped, it will eventually loose the first bottom leaves because of stress, also because of re-transplanting. Just don't want you to be alarmed when your palms will start to loose some fronds. It's no worries.
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Old September 28th, 2010, 02:00 PM
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Default I was out gardening

and I found also some big red ants in my flower patch next to my roses. I wanted to know what insecticide would you suggest I use for ants. I don't want them to eat my roses.
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Old September 28th, 2010, 03:07 PM
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Default Hey Ally, whats goin on...

No, no ants here, just giving some friendly advise to Mister Peter, did you read Wacka Wacka's remark... Funny... Well just hanging out taking some online courses for photoshop and learning how to take outside pictures. Hows it going over there?

Hey Retired Veteran, heres a link that will tell you the best type of insecticide for your roses, I quickyly skimmed through it and found some good stuff, stuff I didnt think would work, might work. Here is the link just click on any blue part. Its about homemade insecticide, controlling aphids, killing beetles, and eliminating the dreaded spider mites (which also affect palms).
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Old September 30th, 2010, 03:20 PM
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Default After transplanting

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After a palm has been shipped, it will eventually loose the first bottom leaves because of stress, also because of re-transplanting. Just don't want you to be alarmed when your palms will start to loose some fronds. It's no worries.
..A quick couple questions: how many fronds would you expect to really start going? I feel like more than a few are looking a bit worse (browning tips and sagging) since the transplant.
Also how much water would you recommend for this plant? The paperwork it came with said to water daily for 2 weeks then taper off. I've given it a different amount each day ranging from 1-4 liters.

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