Hi! I just got my Aerogarden and started the southern greens.
Right away there were gnats. maybe fungus gnats. I'm not really sure. It's been about a week and 3 out of 6 germinated so far. One looks good (dino kale), one has black spots (kale), and the third just sprouting looks really poorly (collard). I kill the gnats as soon as I see them, but I keep getting more really tiny gnats now.
I've never been successful with plants, it looks like the sponges must have come with the pests. Should I just start over or is there some way to get rid of them? I really don't want bugs in the kitchen.
I was just looking up fish tanks and larvae and that may be your culprit. Fungus gnats can't live directly in water, but they can lay their eggs around the damp walls , nooks and crannies of the tanks. I'd bet $$ that the tank is the source.
First let me say Welcome to the forum. Glad to have you with us.
As for your gnat problem while you may have never noticed them before they could have been there but the plants and water are drawing them so you can see. Do you have any windows open? They easily fly thru screens. Also if you are out doing yard word they can come in on your clothes (and even without the work). Do you have any fruit in the house that could happen to coincide with the issue?
Besides using the yellow sticky things I use a Gnat Juice solution to catch mine.
I suspect they are coming from the one plant that is doing poorly or at least that's the plant they are going after. I pulled it up to wash the sponge in case that would help and a bunch of them flew out. These look like tiny baby gnats.
But also, I have a sliding glass door in the kitchen and I see there's a tiny hole at the edge that little creatures could come in - it leads out to the lanai, which is screened. There are a bunch of bushes and ferns right outside. I live in Florida (95+ and very wet). So, it certainly is a great area for them.
I'm definitely going to pull up the one that's doing so poorly. - It's got black spots and significant portions of its leaves are really pale. My best plant looks so fantastic, I'd hate not to keep it.
Do I need some sort of spacer for removing a plant or can I just leave it empty?