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Old 05-08-2022, 11:24 AM
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And slugs love little lids filled with beer. An excellent reason to open a good IPA.
With the risk of getting banned from the forum... I don't drink beer.

Definitely not buying beer just to give the snails. I can at least eat the lettuce myself if no snails show up.
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Old 05-08-2022, 03:28 PM
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With the risk of getting banned from the forum... I don't drink beer.
What? No liquid bread?
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Old 05-08-2022, 07:14 PM
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What? No liquid bread?
I also prefer my bread in loaf form. Plus, it leaves more money for orchids! (...and dogs, chickens, and gardening)
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Old 05-12-2022, 09:58 AM
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Angry MORE pests?! Really?!

I can't believe this... I was happily taking pictures of the surviving buds on my tiny collection when I spotted something fuzzy in the photo of the most mature bud on the Phal. CTL Christopher. I thought it looked suspiciously like a mealy bug, got some rubbing alcohol on a q-tip and removed the offending fuzz. Sure enough - mealybug.

I've removed the Phal. CTL Christopher from its pot, cut off the spike (as I could see more mealybugs inside the bracts on it) treated the entire plant with neemoil, and now it's drying while awaiting new media.

I've done the same with thing with all 11 plants, just to be on the safe side. I really don't want a mealybug infestation. I know it's dumb to treat orchids that aren't showing any symptoms, but since the mealybugs are so sneaky and since I have all orchids in the same area (but with some distance in between), I felt it was better to do it. After all, a dead plant never blooms.

I wiped down the table and windowsill they stood on with rubbing alcohol and I really hope I managed to catch this in time, as they hadn't started causing visible damage on the plants just yet.

Before posting here, I wrote to Schwerter to let them know that they have both snails and mealybugs where they keep the Phal. CTL Christopher-plants. I think that they would like to be informed about that, preferably before it gets out of hand.

I seriously don't know what's going on. I've NEVER had this many issues with pests on my orchids before! It's disheartening to say the least, but I'm so glad I ordered the neemoil after the scale-incident. I really hope I'll be able to nip this in the bud.

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Some good news then; the Nellys are doing well so far. At least pre-mealybug treatment. The stronger of them is growing a new psudobulb, so that's great. The "weaker" of them looks a bit more wrinkly, but continued to open buds, so I'm not super worried about it.

Also talked to the orchid specialist on the garden center where I got the Nellys from, and apparently it's standard procedure to put two plants in one pot. Otherwise, they would get too expensive for the end consumer, and I can understand that. At least now I'm prepared if I'd ever buy similar orchids in the future.
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