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 Post subject: Earthworm Mystery
PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:19 pm 
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During the Summer I put a number of plants out on the deck and I've noticed earthworms in the soil in the pots. Since most of the plants are raised from seed, there are no earthworms in the potting mix used and the shelf on the deck is about five feet from the ground, how do the earthworms get into the pots? Do earthworms have some sort of climbing ability I am heretofore unaware of?

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 Post subject: Re: Earthworm Mystery
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Was it sterile, new potting mix? Does the mix have any soil in it or is it soil-less? If it had any compost or soil in it, maybe there were earthworm eggs in it.

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 Post subject: Re: Earthworm Mystery
PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:19 pm 
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You guessed right earthworms can climb, at night when the weathers wet here I've seen them climbing the walls on the patio. I've always wondered how they did it, very slowly I guess. Nature don't you just love it!


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 Post subject: Re: Earthworm Mystery
PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:46 am 
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Dan,
I raise earthworms for composting, and feeding to rescued reptiles. They can certainly climb smooth moist surfaces, but don't do as well on rough surfaces. I would think that perhaps you had an egg case (they hold 4-5 eggs, and are shaped like a concave discoid) in the soil potting soil. I was surprised at how mobile they can be. (:-=-=-=-=-=-=----

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 Post subject: Re: Earthworm Mystery
PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 1:15 pm 
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Or perhaps they are not earthworms as you originally suspected??? :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Earthworm Mystery
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I use Miracle Gro potting mix which I would expect not to have earthworm egg casings in it. Then again, I have bought bags that have taken on considerable water, so it is not impossible that an earthworm has crawled through a hole and laid eggs in the bag. :?

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 Post subject: Re: Earthworm Mystery
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I had the same issue, then later caught on to the night time crawlers. . . sneeky!

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 Post subject: Re: Earthworm Mystery
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I have to clean our rain gutters a couple times a year and there are always earthworms in it


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 Post subject: Re: Earthworm Mystery
PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 2:29 pm 
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Those are skyworms which unlike their earth bound kin develop small but powerful wings that are able to propel them into gutters and other elevated safe places. Their wings soon fall off, and they begin breeding in the high places. The sounds you hear coming from your gutter and thought was a bird are really the sounds of skyworms getting busy. When the female is sure that she is impregnated she consumes the male with relish or some other topping in order to nourish her developing eggs. Simultaneously she develops a small parachute type growth around her torso, and jumps unharmed to the ground from the high place of breeding. There she lays her eggs beneath a warm layer of leaves, and goes in search of another sucker, I mean mate, to begin natures wonderful cycle anew. Just thought you might want to know. BTW they are endangered so you are not allowed to clean your gutters until they have jumped.

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