How To Get Rid Of Bugs On Violets

Question From: MONTANA
Q: Is it safe to use neem oil on my violets. I'm trying to get rid of plant bugs. They fly around when I water the plants. Also on my shamrock plant.

A: If they are white you have white flies. If they are tiny and blackish your plants have fungus gnats. You may use neem oil on violets if you use a fine spray. If it is to be diluted use distilled water. Fungus gnats may be gotten rid of by allowing the soil to dry down and putting an 1/8 " layer of sand on the surface of the soil. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy