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I've waited 2 years for this SLC

This is a discussion on I've waited 2 years for this SLC within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; It surely tested your patience, but it has been worth the waiting. Very beautiful....

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    It surely tested your patience, but it has been worth the waiting. Very beautiful.

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    very lively and vivid color. sure this one makes you smile!! congratulations!

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    Your patience was well worth the wait...it's a beauty! I like to see the red/orange flowers catch the sun as well...lovely photo!

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    Very pretty!! I'm a sucker for yellow/orange, orange, and red/orange.

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    I just took another look at your picture, and am worried that I see some white stuff on the leaves and backbulbs which may be live pests. Look closely at the leaf surfaces and backbulb and rhizome surfaces. If you have what may be scale or mealybug, (wipe your fingertip on the white area to test to see if there are any associated bug juices with the white deposit of critters), then get 50%-75% isopropyl alcohol or kitchen sink dishwashing detergent solution, dip a q-tip or equivalent swab in it, and wash the pests off. Follow up in 3 day increments to get crawlers, the juveniles that spread it. I urge that you don't delay checking for these pests, for with some of them, you could have a losing battle if you let them get established.
    I don't suggest that growers of just a few plants use the toxic sprays that I use, partly because some of them can be dangerous to the person or to pets if not applied correctly, but also, some of them have dangers to invertebrates in runoff from plants that people flush down their sinks and toilets, and I think that these should only be made available to licensed users. One of the worst of these is Imidacloprid, found in Bayer's 3-in-One Rose Care, which is used by some orchid folk, too. That stuff kills bees and other beneficial insects when used as suggested! It should be outlawed. I don't suggest spraying with most Neem oil products, because most of them have had the natural insecticides removed from them, and are actually merely distilled and clarified residues that are no more effective than salad oil. However, you can still try to suffocate pests with the weak oils just be directly soaking or spraying it to cover the insects.
    If you were to keep the plant surfaces clean, you would find it is easier to spot the pests. I admit to having too many plants to do that effectively, and every one or two weeks find that a plant that had been brought in had harbored a hidden pest that is doing a bit too well when not subject to vigilance.
    Enjoy your Cattleya!

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