GROSS! What the heck? On this quiet, rainy Sunday afternoon Matti was watering some of the indoor plants. I’ve been slacking on my plant watering duties lately, and started to worry that they were so bone dry that simply pouring water on to them wasn’t doing much. The water was running right through the pots, so we decided to soak some of the from the the bottom up for awhile to give the soil time to absorb water. Matti’s Platycerium superbum (freaky cool staghorn fern) has always been watered this way since they’re no place to pour water in from the top.
When I got up to fill the dog’s water dish up, I was greeted by a big swarm of freaked out ants (I think they’re argentine guys, from the massive super colony) running around with eggs all over the kitchen sink and walls. This is not the first time this has happened. Many “houseplants” have been set free in the backyard after becoming infested. We’ve even had a super curly Tillandsia turn in to an ant nest. Are we the only ones with this problem? They’re not going after aphids (this has happened before too). There’s one mealy bug on the Stag, but they don’t seem to be farming it. Maybe it’s because of all the rain? We have a uncovered bowl of sugar that none of them seem to care about.
Here’s one last shot of the attack. In the past they’ve seemed to hit up succulent pots without drainage first. Any words of wisdom about this yucky phenomenon are welcome. We’ve been able to rid them of smaller pots, by soaking them in a pot of water, but are usually to grossed out to deal. On a positive note, we’ll find out how long the staghorn can live in the wilds of the backyard. Matti said, “It’s dead to me now” upon discovering the ant party anyways. Screw you ants!