May 7, 2012
First Off,I'd like to apologise if I dont get to make use of the right gardening terms when I go ahead with my concern...
Recently I had lost a Dianthus plant(growing in a container)...every day a bunch of leaves would wilt and the plant looked totally unhealthy to me...So I pulled out the plant and scooped out the soil to check on it.While I was doing that I could see 2 to 3 bees or wasps(i cant tell the difference) fly past from the soil and to my utter shock found the whole soil had some white worms (which I presumed were larvae of the insects that flew by)....I discarded the soil and the plant.
I recently bought a hibiscus container plant which hasnt yet flowered but has a lot of tiny buds.This was placed in my east facing balcony that gets 5 hours of sun.I have noticed that since a week a small bee/wasp(yellow with black stripes) has been burrowing in the plant soil leaving tiny holes on the top layer all round the container.I thought I probably watered the plant too much,so went ahead and placed it in full sun on the terrace...I still see the insect trying to make inroads into the container plant's soil....I am a little confused as to whether I should be worried about this or not(especially after my Dianthus died)..they do say bees are good for pollination etc..but are they OK to get into the container pot's soil? kindly suggest ways to mitigate this problem(if this is one)....