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Dendrobium moschatum

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    Merry Christmas to everyone and all the best for the coming new year! Guys, this is my dendrobium moschatum. I got it over a year ago when it had just finished flowering. The tallest cane is more than a meter. It was doing really well when one day the plant just toppled over and there I saw that there's almost no roots left in it as there were so many grubs in the potting mix who had feasted on it. In desperation I just mix some gravel (and large stones) and potting mix and propped it back in the pot hoping for the best. That was almost 6 months ago. I really thought I lost it but here it is now It just proves to me how though this orchids are.
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    what a beauty!!!

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    That is so pretty. Wonderful yellow to brighten up the home!!

    Cheers,
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    Carl, Have you ever given your orchid roots a drench of cold coffee? Slugs can't handle the caffeine.

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    Thanks guys.Haven't tried that yet but I will Cindi, thanks. In this case though it wasn't slugs who were the culprit but some kind of grubs which is some sort of a young beetle I think. Unfortunately there are months when they are really a pest in our garden. They eat the roots but you never notice there is something wrong as they are underneath until the plants topples over as there are no more roots anchoring them and they just die. I use some sort of green pellet to control slugs but as they are quite plenty again, I will try that coffee treatment Cindi

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    Carl, Good save!
    It is true what Cindi says about caffeine...slugs can't take it. I save my old coffee (black) in a pot and once every 2 weeks or so pour it thru the plants I grow outside and it kills the slugs.You have to repeat it a few times to get the newly hatching eggs but it really works.
    Quick thinking and good save on the Den!
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    Oh that is really gorgeous, Carl! I love the way the colors compliment each other. ▩▩▩ I hope that everyone survived Christmas in one piece, and with their sanity still intact...

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    Congrats for saving it and it has rewarded you with such beautiful blooms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindiras View Post
    Carl, Have you ever given your orchid roots a drench of cold coffee? Slugs can't handle the caffeine.
    This was reported a few years ago ; the story came from Hawaii I think ;so for some time I saved the dregs from our morning coffee, and tried it out ;it didn't work.

    if you need slug protection, don't rely on this.

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