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I live in a highrise with a balcony and in the summer I like to have flowers
well I heard that if you spray your flowers with water mixed with dish soap it kills the bugs the little flying insects
so i tried this and it wilted my flowers and even made the petals all streaky
perhaps I had too much soap?
I know they will re-grow but I won't do this again
Jun 03, 2014 @ 10:53 am

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Type of Soap

Sorry to hear about your problem. What type of soap did you use and how strong did you mix it. I have always used a bit of Dawn to get rid of some bugs. But 1 drop or 2 per 1/2 - 1 Litre of water. Works like a charm. Also what time of day did you spray your plants? If the sun was too bright or hot this could have been the problem. If you are unsure about the soap merthod using liguid dishwashing soap. Try insecticidal soap, follow the directions on the label. You can find this soap at most Walmarts and garden shops. Good luck!
Jun 04, 2014 @ 12:22 pm
TO Chick

it wasn't Dawn

but a close competitor
and think I just put too much in
they will re-bloom and I will be more careful next time
Jun 04, 2014 @ 12:31 pm

Good luck

Hope all works out in the flower department. Like you I love my plants, from now on just keep in mind that less is better, until you see how something is going to work., and you are very welcome..
Jun 04, 2014 @ 12:39 pm
TO Chick

African Violet

I have an African Violet that is doing better than any other one I have ever had and I really don't do anything different
it just keeps blooming about every few months
Jun 04, 2014 @ 12:55 pm

Violet success

What location is it in, probably not in direct sun, as they perfer light but not direct light, they thrive when you have sheers on the windows.
Jun 04, 2014 @ 03:59 pm
TO Chick


the african violet is in my window and does not get direct sunlight but my other flowers are on my balcony and get morning sun and then late afternoon sun
Jun 04, 2014 @ 04:45 pm

Balcony plants

One of the secrets of having your plants on the balcony is water, water, water. Or at least keep a close check on them so that they do not dry out to much. And a good dose of Miracle Grow never hurt either. A sprinkle every month or so, I just add a tablespoon to my watering can and everytime I water they get fed.
Jun 04, 2014 @ 07:07 pm
TO Chick


yeah I do water them often and have noticed that in the past they dry out real fast
but since my over watering with soapy water I noticed the flowers are just wilting and falling off and I have to wait til they re-grow
this is the first time I have had Cosmos on my balcony so I am not sure how they will do I don't think the pot is deep enough
Jun 04, 2014 @ 07:13 pm

Wind protection

If your balcony gets a lot of sun and wind, it will dry out the pots. Here's a weird tip for you. Know anyone who has a baby still in diapers, preferably the disposable kind? You take a disposable diaper, soak it in a big container of water, when it swells enough and won't hold more water, you very carefully take it apart (this is a messy job) Inside are a bunch of these beads that hold and then release water. OK once that is done, mix a bit of these beads with potting soil, maybe 1 part bead to 3 parts soil or 1 to 1 even. Mix this into the soil in the pot, you won't have to water as often. You can buy these beads at a gardening centre but they are quite expensive.

The other thing you can do is put much around the plants so that the wind doesn't dry the soil out to quickly. Hope these suggestions help.
Jun 04, 2014 @ 08:10 pm
TO Chick

thank you

that is an awesome tip but doubt I will be getting my hands on a diaper real soon
I do have a grown daughter and they are trying to have a baby so who knows lol
Jun 04, 2014 @ 08:17 pm

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