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Comment by cynthia snyderZ5 on June 30, 2010 at 9:37pm
Hi GydaMarie, I'm glad you think my purple spotted phal looks ok. I'll try and order some worm tea. I didn't know you could use it as an insecticide.I'm always up for using organic things.
Comment by Page Thomas z10/11 SFL on June 28, 2010 at 10:02pm
Bob i hope it works for you Elmer's glue hmm, usually Cinnamon stays on the plant no problem.I'm always up for learning somthing new :)
Happy Gardening,Page
Comment by cynthia snyderZ5 on June 28, 2010 at 9:36pm
Hi GydaMarie, The one that was doing the wilting was the one I just repotted. I might try a humidity tray. It seems to be a strong plant it has really big roots. The blooms would start to wilt and I would water it and they would perk back up.
I am using shultz orchid food really weak. I bought some fertilizer called "worm poop"(no kidding!)maybe I will try that instead.I haven't seen worm tea in my local stores , I may have to see if I can order some.

My other phal, keeps blooming but the plant looks small and week compared to the other one, and the roots on the top don't look good.

Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on June 28, 2010 at 7:05pm
Cinnamon: Great to know, Page, thanks! I've used it as mentioned as a fungicide on damaged or cut areas including roots, leaves and stems. Mixing a small amount of it with some Elmers Glue works great to seal and waterproof a major cut and lasts longer than the cinnamon alone. Cheers!
Comment by Page Thomas z10/11 SFL on June 28, 2010 at 4:34pm
Hi GydaMarie,
Just really busy w/Work not much time for play :)
Bob all i know when my Babies start looking like there is something on them i sprinkel Cinnoman and it works had little spidermites took 3-or 4 sprinkels and it worked .
Happy Gardening,Page
Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on June 28, 2010 at 1:05pm
Not sure about cinnoman on other than a freshly cut area to help prevent a fungus/infection... How is it used for scale ?? Maybe I happens. :)
Comment by Page Thomas z10/11 SFL on June 28, 2010 at 12:22pm
Just to give my 5cents Cinnoman always is good sprinkel on efected area :) also smeels good :) Happy Gardening ,Page
Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on June 28, 2010 at 11:23am
...just for the scale, GydayMarie. :)
Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on June 28, 2010 at 11:09am
For scale... Organocide is a favorite but you may want to try this. Take a handful of used coffee grounds and put it in a quart of water and shake it a couple of times a day for two days. On the third day, siphon off the "coffee tea" you've made (no grounds) and spray on scale. I've used it several times quite successfully but just try it on a small place to see how it works for you.

It may take 2-3 applications a over 3-4 days.
Comment by M L Staats on June 27, 2010 at 10:36pm
I am embarrassed to admit I broke one of the Ten Commandments of Orchids. I received a beautiful gift orchid and did not isolate her from my others and yesterday, I noticed all but two of my 'chids were infested with dreaded scale! GydaMarie knows who Erin is so she'll know what I mean when I say I drove over from the valley with all the Hoop Fest stuff going on just to consult with Erin the Expert. So, now we're on a regime of Organocide. This is made of 92% fish oil, 2% sesame oil and 3% soybean oil. Lord, does it stink! My husband says he's smelled wharfs at low tide that didn't stink as much. Oh, dear. Well, I'm pleased to say everyone looks ever so much better and I learned my lesson. Any new orchid coming in here will be isolated for three weeks before joining the crew. Sigh

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