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Lc. Irene Finney in distress

This is a discussion on Lc. Irene Finney in distress within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Those of you who remember...I had a neighbor send my prized species sized Irene Finney ...

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    Question Lc. Irene Finney in distress

    Those of you who remember...I had a neighbor send my prized species sized Irene Finney flying awhile back. I had to trim some of the broken leaves... Then the poor thing got a bad case of soft scale down to it's quickly rotting roots. I've done everything, tried everything and it's declining faster and faster.... Any advice?? I'd hate to lose this amazing cattleya. Everything I try just seems to make things worse...I recently put a paste of rooting hormone along the bottom...should I soak it once in awhile in superthrive? I really would hate to lose this one and would greatly appreciate any advice.
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    Can you post a pic of it Connie, maybe it would be easier to see what the problem is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ischel1 View Post
    Can you post a pic of it Connie, maybe it would be easier to see what the problem is.
    That would make it easier if it is possible.

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    Okay, it looks awful but here it is. I think I will remove a few of the spent backbulbs, do another bug dip as I found more soft scale! Arrrrggghhhh!!!! Then again I may just give up on my prized plant and put it in a corner soon!

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    The only thing you can do is make sure all the scale is OUTTA THERE! and give the plant some light and humidity. It will probably recover, but might be set back a few years.

    You might want to treat with a fungicide just as an added measure!

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    Sorry for the shocking picture...I told you it was bad! lol Poor thing...if I could I'd shoot it and put it out of my misery!!

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    Hi Connie, it's not your fault. When the critters get ahead of you, it's hard to gain back control. I've lost so many beloved plants the last couple of years to bugs or fungus. I simply haven't had the time to give them all the care they needed. And it gets harder once the scale/mealies/whatever move in.

    Good luck with yours! I'd unpot it and leave the whole plant submerged in some insecticide in a bucket (I use Neem oil) for the better part of a day. Teach those little bastards who's boss!

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    I've actually soaked it to its gills like that, but maybe I should have left it in longer and used the toothpick BEFORE i took it out. Hmm...ah well, it's not like i'm busy or anything. lol Look Out Irene!

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    . . . gurgle, gurgle, glug, glug, glug . . .

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    Connie, I think you've done all you can. The only other thing I'd do would be to cut away all the damaged leaves and roots. Keep up the Neem oil every week and in between a toothbrush works great on that scale. Keep the humidity up. Scale really seems to thrive in low humidity. Good luck and keep us posted.

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