Bryant RedHawk wrote:For indoor plants one of the nicest looking and effective mulch materials are glass beads found at hobby lobby and other craft stores.
These come in a variety of colors as well as clear and they will last forever, no sharp edges, easy to clean too.
Most people who grow mint indoors don't put in where it can get enough sunlight and that causes spindly plant growth, over watering is the second largest mistake.
Mints do grow well indoors but they need at least 6 hours of sunlight, out doors you want morning light and afternoon shade, same holds true for indoor plants.
Alternately you can use grow lights, which will work well for just about any plant you would want to grow indoors.
Galadriel Freden wrote:As your location says Montreal, I would say it's not getting enough sunlight; mine don't either, so I've stopped trying to keep them indoors over winter, but instead try to harvest and dry enough for my needs until they regrow next April/May.
For decorative mulch, I collect smooth, white beach pebbles whevener we visit the seaside. I take a couple of bags: one for seaweed for the garden, and the other for pretty stones. We only go to the seaside a few times a year, so it's a gradual process. Maybe there's a river near you? Otherwise, maybe a thick straw mulch or similar might be enough to discourage flies. Dried cut grass or yard trimmings cut in small pieces? Coconut coir?
Hester Winterbourne wrote:I think the flies might be fungus gnats rather than fruit flies, based on what I experienced. In my case I think it was due to using cheap general purpose potting compost instead of a houseplant mix which would have been steam-sterilised. I bought two carnivorous plants but despite watering them with rainwater they died on me, and I got a yellow sticky fly trap which worked quite well. I also let the compost surface dry out between waterings and had little killing sprees with an electric fly-swat... I wasn't convinced that I could create a dense enough mulch with pebbles to stop them getting to the surface of the compost.
Ken W Wilson wrote:Has anyone has successfully used carnivorous plants for pest control indoors? I’ve always wanted to try it. I did some reading on it, and it sounds like most types need too much humidity. I wonder if a terrarium with the lid off part of the day would work?