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Forum: Beginner Discussion Today, 07:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 69
Posted By Roberta
I'm not familiar with Murphy's soap. If it has...

I'm not familiar with Murphy's soap. If it has sodium, not good. Diswashing liquid would be better. If you do get Safer's Soap, definitely use distilled or RO water to dilute the concentrate. But...
Forum: Beginner Discussion Today, 06:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 69
Posted By Roberta
In the US, I think Safer's Insecticidal Soap is...

In the US, I think Safer's Insecticidal Soap is similar the the Natra soap in Australia. The former is just a potassium-based soap (where generic soaps are based on sodium which is bad for plants) ...
Forum: Potting & Repotting Today, 02:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 100
Posted By Roberta
Now you're hooked...:biggrin:

Now you're hooked...:biggrin:
Forum: Semi-Hydroponic Culture Today, 11:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 152
Posted By Roberta
WaterWitchin, your conditions are a lot different...

WaterWitchin, your conditions are a lot different than mine, but here's my experience - plastic basket (fairly tight mesh type), large bark (I'm sure LECA would do as well). Mine does nicely in the...
Forum: Beginner Discussion Today, 11:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 186
Posted By Roberta
Imidacloprid is an insecticide... won't kill...

Imidacloprid is an insecticide... won't kill spidermites, which are arachnids. Ray has suggested a miticide. If you're using anything stronger than a mechanical treatment (like drowning with soap...
Forum: Beginner Discussion Today, 12:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 96
Posted By Roberta
Far from "discontent" it sounds like your Phals...

Far from "discontent" it sounds like your Phals are really happy, churning out roots all over the place. That's what a satisfied plant, does, GROW. Alicinwl is absolute correct... the orchid is...
Forum: Potting & Repotting Yesterday, 11:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 100
Posted By Roberta
Best to work backwards from the needs of each...

Best to work backwards from the needs of each type of plant. Vandas, for instance, need as little media as possible - as I recall, Hilo is on the windward side, and gets lots of rain. So the Vandas...
Forum: Beginner Discussion Yesterday, 06:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 71
Posted By Roberta
I agree with Veksa. Just gently remove the moss...

I agree with Veksa. Just gently remove the moss with the white stuff. If it comes back, you could also spray the affected part of the moss lightly with 3% hydrogen peroxide (but keep it off the...
Forum: Advanced Discussion Yesterday, 04:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 76
Posted By Roberta
Always better to solicit opinions before cutting,...

Always better to solicit opinions before cutting, irrelevant after... :) Glad you didn't cut!
Forum: Advanced Discussion Yesterday, 03:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 76
Posted By Roberta
I think keeping together was the very right thing...

I think keeping together was the very right thing to do. One strong plant grows and blooms a lot better than several small weak ones. Since each of those growths can produce flowers, you have the...
Forum: Pests & Diseases Yesterday, 02:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 79
Posted By Roberta
The plant will be fine. I see good roots, and...

The plant will be fine. I see good roots, and plenty of leaves. The leaves aren't pretty... nursery conditions may have been on the rough side but it got plenty of light. The flowers didn't survive...
Forum: Beginner Discussion Yesterday, 02:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 186
Posted By Roberta
I spray 70% isopropyl alcohol on plants and even...

I spray 70% isopropyl alcohol on plants and even flowers with no harm. (I just stick a sprayer in the original bottle) It is quite helpful for mealybugs on Phals... (with mealies, its biggest...
Forum: Beginner Discussion Yesterday, 02:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 98
Posted By Roberta
Also, along with the possibilities of keikis, you...

Also, along with the possibilities of keikis, you can expect new growth from the base of the plant (probably next spring), and that leads to new flowers. Patience, orchids don't do anything fast.
Forum: Beginner Discussion Yesterday, 02:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 71
Posted By Roberta
For my jewel orchids in sphagnum, I water when...

For my jewel orchids in sphagnum, I water when the surface moss is starting to feel dry. Along with the fact that these plants like to stay on the moist side (they are forest-floor terrestrials, not...
Forum: Vanda Alliance - others Yesterday, 12:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 108
Posted By Roberta
Certainly 4 ft of root isn't small... the rest...

Certainly 4 ft of root isn't small... the rest still not big. I think I'd still like to see those keikis get somewhat larger before cutting. The top part with those long roots probably would be OK,...
Forum: Beginner Discussion Yesterday, 12:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 96
Posted By Roberta
Mixed in with bark, I would think that LECA would...

Mixed in with bark, I would think that LECA would behave no differently than perlite or pumice - an inorganic material that tends to maintain air spaces in the bark. Once damp, the pores would fill...
Forum: Vanda Alliance - others 10-18-2019, 10:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 108
Posted By Roberta
Let those keikis get a lot bigger before you...

Let those keikis get a lot bigger before you consider dividing. The whole plant still looks pretty small. Let it grow some more new roots in the upper part, too. If it is to survive dividing (by...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 10-18-2019, 10:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 96
Posted By Roberta
If you have a 4 inch pot (the ones with the mesh...

If you have a 4 inch pot (the ones with the mesh bottom) size would be OK and they have great drainage. The ones with just holes in the bottom and maybe one on each side bottom I don't like - they...
Forum: Growing Under Lights 10-18-2019, 08:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 103
Posted By Roberta
First, welcome to the Orchid Board! I did a...

First, welcome to the Orchid Board!

I did a quick Google search for "grow tent mister" and quickly found an idea that might just work for you - a piece of towel, with bottom in water, in front of...
Forum: Pests & Diseases 10-18-2019, 08:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 145
Posted By Roberta
Sun especially in early spring can easily burn...

Sun especially in early spring can easily burn plants because the sun abruptly clears obstacles (like houses, fences, etc) so that areas that have had shade suddenly get blasted. (Orchids that can...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 10-17-2019, 03:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 159
Posted By Roberta
First, we're ALL still learning. That's what is...

First, we're ALL still learning. That's what is so wonderful about orchids, the more you learn the more you find out about things that you don't know and want to learn.

For the Monnierara...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 10-17-2019, 02:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 159
Posted By Roberta
Plants in the Catasetum group go dormant (lose...

Plants in the Catasetum group go dormant (lose leaves) in winter. Some are already showing signs of impending dormancy - ratty looking leaves, some leaf drop. Water can be reduced (not time to...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 10-17-2019, 12:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 78
Posted By Roberta
For Rl. digbyana it might prefer intermediate...

For Rl. digbyana it might prefer intermediate temperatures, but it will tolerate cold down to around 35 deg F (overhead protection from rain) B. cucullata I have learned from a friend who grows it...
Forum: Advanced Discussion 10-17-2019, 11:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 436
Posted By Roberta
No religion here, a lot of observation and some...

No religion here, a lot of observation and some science. First, there's light and then there's light. There's intensity (which can burn plants very easily, watch carefully because it can happen fast)...
Forum: Identification Forum 10-17-2019, 11:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 159
Posted By Roberta
It looks to me like a Zygonisia, a human-made...

It looks to me like a Zygonisia, a human-made genus with both Aganisia and Zygopetalum in its background. There are quite a few hybrids that look similar, so it's not going to be possible to get an...
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