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By Kaila
Posts:  125
Joined:  Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:30 pm
#261853
Hi guys

just wondering what do you do with the insect stuck on your pings. I placed mine outdoors recently and it's been catching fungus gnats non stop. But It kinda looks icky now from all the insects. Do you clean them off your pings or just leave them alone?

I do understand that normally in the wild, rain etc natural weather is suppose to clean the ping. But since mine's on a shade I doubt that's going to ever happen.
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even the flower stalk has an insect!
even the flower stalk has an insect!
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By Leathal_Traps
Posts:  1310
Joined:  Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:27 am
#261854
The whole point being carnivorous is to trap and kill insects to absorb their nutrients. I would not remove any insects
By Kaila
Posts:  125
Joined:  Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:30 pm
#261857
Yes, I do know about how they get nutrients from insects but what happens after? do you just leave the insect husk as is?
By Benurmanii
Posts:  2000
Joined:  Fri Aug 07, 2015 4:34 pm
#261862
Kaila wrote:Yes, I do know about how they get nutrients from insects but what happens after? do you just leave the insect husk as is?
Yep, and even if you try to remove em you'll eventually get sick of the tedious task. Primuliflora is meant to be dirty.
By Kaila
Posts:  125
Joined:  Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:30 pm
#261863
Benurmanii wrote:
Kaila wrote:Yes, I do know about how they get nutrients from insects but what happens after? do you just leave the insect husk as is?
Yep, and even if you try to remove em you'll eventually get sick of the tedious task. Primuliflora is meant to be dirty.
Good point. Going to leave it alone then. Thank you~
By Grey
Posts:  3255
Joined:  Mon Jul 26, 2010 3:48 pm
#261868
Great advice here. I had a P. ibarrae that was absolutely smothered for a long time (including its flower stalks) -- it's not the most pleasant view in all the world but it won't harm the plant in any way and you'll likely find that the husks disintegrate over time anyway. :-) Beautiful plant, looking gooood!
By Bhart90
Posts:  729
Joined:  Mon Sep 07, 2015 1:38 pm
#261875
Benurmanii wrote:
Kaila wrote:Yes, I do know about how they get nutrients from insects but what happens after? do you just leave the insect husk as is?
Yep, and even if you try to remove em you'll eventually get sick of the tedious task. Primuliflora is meant to be dirty.
Yea, I second that. Mine is disgusting, ugly, unkept, and unappealing. And she is doing wonderful!
By gsilviusrose
Posts:  12
Joined:  Mon May 02, 2016 8:25 pm
#265254
So glad I checked for previous posts, because I was just going to ask this question! My ping is covered with gnats, and it looks really yucky. It resides on a very sunny windowsill in my kitchen.
I was tempted to put it out in the rain to let some of the little gnat corpses wash off, but maybe I will just leave it be. It appears to be happy (and very well fed)!
Does anyone put their pings out in the rain occasionally to rinse them? :mrgreen:
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By evenwind
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Joined:  Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:16 pm
#265266
Instead of waiting for rain, why not use a spray bottle with distilled water to clean your pings if they get too "yucky"?
By Adelaide
Posts:  538
Joined:  Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:05 pm
#265308
I top water my primulifloras to remove dead husks. They like it really wet so I wouldn't worry about overwatering.
By Lex
Posts:  68
Joined:  Fri Jul 29, 2016 11:26 pm
#270388
A ping has to look messy... haha. Mine are covered.

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