Fungus gnats and peat

Wed, 09 Nov 2005 12:15:46 PST

fungus knats are the bain of raising from seed.  I have recently heard that
coir based mixes are considerably less suceptable, due to an antiseptic
quality of coir!  Apparently, this was recently noted due to shipments of
food being packed in cocos (coir) and they showed less likelyhood of
spoiling.  I have yet to try it our, but will this season.

Jamie V.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kathy Stokmanis" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, November 09, 2005 8:27 PM
Subject: [pbs] Fungus gnats and peat

> Numerous sources suggest peat as a prime culprit for providing an ideal
environment for fungus gnats.  I put a layer of sand on top of the soil, at
least half an inch deep and try to avoid peat-based mixes.  Does anyone have
information about fungus gnats and coir?  Does using coir as a peat
substitute stop or reduce fungus gnats?  Also, a web search on fungus gnats
will produce many, many results.
> Kathy Stokmanis
> Sierra foothills, altitude about 1500 ft., dry, hot summers, mild wet
winters.  Many plants still in bloom and temperatures in the high 40s at
night.  Right now it's 70 F, also T-shirt weather.
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