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Thoughts on springtails?

Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2022 9:36 pm
by jetfire245
I've heard a lot about the benefits of springtails.

Is there any particular reason I would not want to release a bunch of them on my plants?

I'm wondering if it's like the lady bug and preying mantis situation where "they're good for your garden!" but they're either invasive or all leave because they don't like the environment.

I gotta say springtails kinda look cute.

Re: Thoughts on springtails?

Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2022 9:46 pm
by Camden M
Mold is a reason

Re: Thoughts on springtails?

Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2022 9:47 pm
by Camden M
Wait I thought you said why not the opposite, carry on

Re: Thoughts on springtails?

Posted: Sat Jun 25, 2022 12:20 am
by NightRaider
I had a colony spontaneously pop up in my pot of U. cornuta and never noticed any adverse effects on the plants, nor did they spread to any other pots that were a couple inches away. They may not do well in lfs because they stayed contained to the only pot in which I exclusively used peat dust/sludge. I'm not sure if they're still there now, but they were there in significant numbers for several months at least. I'd personally try to find a native species though, possibly by gathering some decomposing leaf litter which I'd expect would have decent odds of containing some.