How to Get Rid of Fungus Gnats with Ease

Get Rid of Fungus Gnats With Ease

Fungus gnats are tiny mosquito-like bugs that are attracted to the moisture in the soil. They like to make plants like yours their home and lay hundreds of eggs in the soil. Rude! Read on to learn how to get rid of fungus gnats with ease!

Left unchecked, a fungus gnat infestation can damage and even kill your plants. That’s why you have to get rid of fungus gnats as soon as you notice them! 

To help you get rid of fungus gnats, we’ve written up this short post on how to stop fungus gnats in their tracks without too much effort on your part. Keep reading to learn how to kill fungus gnats and keep them from coming back in the future!

Get Rid of Fungus Gnats With Ease
Fungus gnats are tiny mosquito-like bugs

How to Stop Fungus Gnats 

Adult fungus gnats only live for about a week, but in that time, they may lay up to 300 of their eggs in your plant’s soil. Yikes… that’s a lot of eggs! 

The adult gnats themselves are generally harmless, but the larvae that hatch from all those eggs will feed on the roots of your plant and start to hurt it. As your plant’s roots become damaged, you may start seeing dropped, yellowing leaves, a slowdown in plant growth, wilting, and other signs of root damage. If the infestation continues, your succulent may even die! So the key to preventing damage to your plant is stopping the fungus gnat infestation as soon as you notice it around your garden. 

Set up a trap

To stop the gnat infestation, you should create a trap for the gnats that they can’t escape, such as an apple cider vinegar trap. To make one, grab a shallow container and fill it up with equal parts water and apple cider vinegar. Add a few drops of liquid dish soap and then stir the mixture together. Place the container either on top of the soil of your affected plant or near its pot. 

This trap works so well because the vinegar attracts the gnats to the container and then the dish soap weighs them down and traps them there. You’ll have to empty out the bugs every few days and mix up more of that apple cider vinegar mixture, so this trap requires a little bit of maintenance. But it’s definitely one of the easiest and most effective solutions for killing fungus gnats!

Another thing you can try is adding diatomaceous earth on top of your succulent soil. It’s a very effective abrasive powder that won’t hurt your plant but will stick to the fungus gnats and immobilize them. After a while of being trapped, they’ll become dehydrated and die off. Take that fungus adult gnat! 

Be sure to also check out5 Tips on Saving Dying Succulents to see helpful info on saving your succulents from other dangers.

Keep Fungus Gnats From Coming Back 

To keep fungus gnats from coming back in the future, make sure that you don’t overwater your succulent. Fungus gnats are attracted to moisture in the soil, so allowing your plant to dry out in between waterings will make fungus gnats less likely to congregate around it. You should also make sure that there isn’t any plant debris in your plant’s pot, such as fallen leaves. Fungus gnats like moist soil with lots of decaying leaves and plant matter, so if you keep your plant’s pot clean and dry, they’re less likely to make it their next home. 

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Damaged Succulent

There you have it! That’s everything we know about fungus gnats and how to stop them. We hope that this post helps you control the infestation and keep those pesky little fungus gnats away for good.

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Tigers Jaw Succulent – Faucaria Tigrina

Tigers Jaw - Faucaria Tigrina

Have you ever encountered a plant that you have to look at twice to make sure it’s not a wild animal from a land-dwelling not of this planet? Most of these amazing creatures turn out to be succulents, and they appear in all sorts of shapes, hues, and sizes. The majority of the informal names given to succulents usually have something to do with the way they look. From the chubby, oddly shaped leaves to the unusual blooms, succulents dominate the plant world when it comes to being exotic.

Tigers Jaw - Faucaria Tigrina
A young succulent growing in a planter @rachaelsgarden

Beauty With a Bite

Faucaria tigrina is one of those particular succulents that look scary yet adorable at the same time. This stemless succulent has plump, bright green, triangular leaves that grow alternately, forming a star-shaped rosette. The leaves grow in clumps and have sharp, menacing, teeth-like structures that could pass for an underwater predator on the National Geographic channel. These ‘teeth’ are what give this succulent the street names Tiger Jaws or Shark Jaws. There are about ten teeth on every leaf that serves as a defense mechanism. They also help the plant to trap water vapor from the atmosphere, taking it down to the roots of the plant.

The leaves of Tiger Jaws have spaced out, white striations that give it a rough texture. Depending on the intensity of sunlight the plant receives, the leaves can develop a deep purple to pink outline. The plant can grow up to 15 cm (6 inches) tall while the leaves mature to 5 cm (2 inches) long. During early fall and winter, Tiger Jaws bloom sunshine yellow flowers that resemble daisies and are about 5 cm (2 inches) in diameter. They appear for several months, opening at midday and closing just before the sunsets. This sun-worshiping succulent lets the sun dictate whether it will open its flowers and will generally remain closed on cloudy days.

Be sure to look into more amazing and rare succulents like “Cutest Succulents: Living Stones (Lithops)“. Check it out!

Tiger Jaws – Faucarina Tigrina
Tiger’s Jaw succulent @homelypot

The Back Story

Up to this day, Tiger’s Jaw has been spotted sinking their teeth into rocks and mountain slopes of the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, with a distribution range going from Somerset East to Grahamstown. This succulent was first documented to have been discovered by a gardener’s apprentice named Francis Masson. During the late 1700s, the King of England wanted new plants for the Key Royal Botanical Gardens. Masson boarded Captain James Cook’s vessel on their second voyage exploring the Pacific Banks with instructions to collect plants from the Cape region. He then roamed the ornamented landscapes of the Cederberg’s, Little Karoo and its environs for five years, sorting and documenting over 400 species of plants, with Tiger Jaws appearing in the collection. The succulent was then given the genus Faucaria from the Latin word ‘faux,’ which means jaw and Tigrina, which means tiger.

Faucaria Tigrina has been registered in the Red List of South African Plants as Endangered because there are currently only four remaining subpopulations left in their natural habitat. The greatest extinction threats for this succulent are urban expansion, development, and overgrazing.

Check out “Where Do Most Succulents Come From?” to see exactly where these interesting plants come from.

Tigers Jaw - Faucaria Tigrina
A flowering Tiger’s Jaw succulent @kym.yoga.lotus.den

Keeping Up With Tiger’s Jaw

Bearing in mind that Tiger Jaws is originally from Subtropical climatic regions, they thrive in temperatures between 21°C and 32°C (70°F to 90°F). This succulent can survive higher temperatures if the shade is strategically provided. When the weather is scorching, the succulent stops growing, therefore reducing its water intake. Tiger Jaws health tends to decline when exposed to temperatures under 16°C (60°F) for long periods, and it is advisable to place the plant indoors during the cold months.

Like most succulents, Tiger Jaws are not big fans of water and can go through the summer heat with sporadic moments of thirst quenchers. They will need a drink when the topsoil is completely dry, with the frequency reducing during the cold seasons. They require good draining soil like cactus potting mix, and thanks to their short roots, they can be planted in a shallow container. When encouraging the plant to bloom, it would need at least 3 – 4 hours of direct sunlight during the summer.

Tiger Jaws have a tell-tale sign that they are not doing well. When the leaves of the plant start to lose their color or suddenly wilt, this could be your plant’s way of saying it is drowning. When the leaves begin to turn to mush, your plant is at its death bed. You could remove the soggy ends and dry your plant for two days and try replanting. This succulent propagates from offsets that grow at the bottom of the parent plant. Offsets need a warm and dry place out of direct sunlight for the first month of their growth cycle. Every two to three years, it is recommended that you repot the plant to enable the roots to continue growing.

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A close-up view of the Tiger Jaws @plantsbywyatt

With its pretty green, spike-toothed leaves and eye-catching flowers that bloom for months, Tiger’s Jaw make the perfect centerpiece for a rock garden or an arresting statement on a living room table. Let’s repopulate this magnificent species. Get yours today!

Thank you for reading with us today! Be sure to check out related articles to keep your succulent interest going like “5 Succulents You can Grow in a Coffee Mug” or even “Air Plants vs Succulent Plants“.

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Super Cute Bunny Succulents For Your Garden

Super Cute Bunny Succulents For Your Garden

Have you heard about Kawaii, the ‘cute item’ that went viral on Japanese Instagram about two years ago? Or maybe you have come across the endearing Easter themed, succulent centerpieces that Martha Stewart caused a rage with, alongside a spring-inspired floral arrangement. The plants are completely adorable, easy to look after, and can make a fascinating addition to your garden.

Super Cute Bunny Succulents For Your Garden
The Monilaria obconica is a delightful deciduous succulent @canalacultura

Potted Bunnies Are the New Craze

The Monilaria obconica is a delightful deciduous succulent that looks like bunny ears popping out of a pot. This seasonal plant is indigenously found in the Vanrhynsdorp and Vredendal districts of Western Cape in South Africa. The succulent has a fat stem that pops out of the ground resembling a ginger root with two types of leaves growing from the tip of the stem.

Thanks to its appearance like the furry ears of a rabbit, this succulent has earned the names Bunny Succulent, Bunny Ear Succulent, String of Pearls, Beaded Vygie, Bearded Ice Plant, and is natively known in Afrikaans as Knopiesvygie.

A Scientifically Special Succulent

The Bunny Succulent is a unique plant because it is a heterophyllous plant, meaning that it can grow more than one type of leaf on the same plant. It has a caudex form, bearing a swollen, above-ground trunk.

From the top of the root, the first set of leaves begins to form. These are usually tightly packed together and look like they have been symmetrically cut in half by a divine force. These first leaves are generally about 10 mm in diameter. The plants grow wholly fused and are covered by a sclerotic brown sheath.

As the plant grows older, the second set of leaves start to appear. These leaves are long and cylindrical, measuring about 10 to 15 cm long and 3.5 mm in diameter. The plants begin to sprout together at the base then spread out into two distinct leaves, taking the shape of bunny ears. These leaves are covered in small, crystalline cells that give them a furry look. These cells are specialized storage cells that are rich in sugars, helping the plant retain moisture for long periods.

Check out our article to “Best Gardening Tools for Succulents” for our guide to best tools for your succulent growing needs.

A Seasonal Deciduous Species

The Bunny Succulent mostly remains dormant during summer while its growth season starts in winter, between September to March. While the plant is in the resting period (dormant months), the plant may appear dead, but that is only because the segmented branches make the plant look like it has dried out.

During the spring, the Monilaria obconica produces white, rose-like flowers growing on solitary white, long stalks. These stalks grow to 35 to 40 mm in diameter, while the flowers carry filaments that may be white, purple, yellow, or orange.

This winter grower has its bunny ears maturing to a length of 8 inches (20 cm), and after a few months, the ears begin to give off a red hue, especially under the sun and curl under their weight giving the appearance of Bugs Bunny ears.

Don’t miss out on “How To Care For Indoor Succulents During The Winter” to see how to take care of all your succulents during the cold season.

Start Sprouting Your Very Own Bunnies

The Bunny Succulent can reproduce by cuttings or seeds. When propagating from a cutting, ensure that you are getting your cutting from a mature mother plant. The cutting should have one or more branches and should include a bit of the root. These succulents like to reside in areas with proper ventilation and can tolerate cold temperatures up to -2°C.

Bunny Succulents fancy soil with good drainage, and they prefer cactus or succulent potting mix. If the potting mix is not available, you could add some small pieces of gravel or horticultural sand to increase soil drainage and provide space for proper root development. These succulents like to grow in a tiny pot for as many years as possible. The plants do not flower well when placed in a relatively sizeable growing container, and the plants also do not like being repotted.

Monilaria obconica is different from most succulents as it is not a sun worshiper and should not be placed in direct sunlight. This succulent enjoys the right amount of shade, with movement into colder areas during the summer. Another fact that makes the Bunny Ears different from other succulents is that it requires regular watering during the winter months, especially after the new long leaves start to appear. During the summer, sporadic drinks of water will do just fine.

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Whether you were thinking of revamping your garden patio or you were looking for a small succulent to train little green thumbs, the Monilaria obconica or Bunny Succulent is the perfect, inconspicuous addition to your home or office. And think of all the fun you could have picking out the perfectly cute bunny container for your Bunny Succulent!

Thank you for reading! Enjoyed learning about the bunny succulent? If so, you’ll really enjoy our ebook about “Rare Succulents You Wish You Knew About“. With this ebook, you’ll find yourself more detailed answers that’ll help your succulent grow even better! With thousands of succulent lovers enjoying our ebooks, you don’t want to miss out on what works the best to grow your succulents. 

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