05-03-2012, 10:52 PM
Thanks everyone - I do think perhaps a grasshopper, as I haven't seen anything on this plant - I've moved it to another location, hopefully that will spare the remaining buds. Honestly - a couple of days ago, I saw one of the buds looked like something happened to it, but I thought I had done it, but today saw the buds at the top of the spike were half gone as well. *sigh*
Had some issues with pests on other orchids recently as well, but the culprits are known - aphids on Den kingianum (lost a good amount of buds), snails on a Cym (but was in bloom a while before they got to it at least) - but both of those have been reliable bloomers, so the Wilsonara buds being eaten are more upsetting to me.
Gin - it sure does stink!
Bud - Yes! I must! hopefully there will be a few
Nat - think it will be awhile before there's a chance for another spike - several months at least - but hopefully I won't have to wait years again! lol
Leafmite - previously I haven't had too much trouble with pests - roses do get aphids, I spray them off with water when I notice them, usually aren't doing a ton of damage tho - have at times gotten snails and/or aphids on cyms, but snails I pull of, spray aphids off or get 'em with the water/soap/alcohol spray - usually not much damage done.
Melissa - yeah - I think you may be right since I don't see evidence of anything else ...
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