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Bites on my Onc. ornithorhynchum, is it safe?

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    Default Bites on my Onc. ornithorhynchum, is it safe?

    I recently purchased this Onc. ornithorhynchum and I'm worried about the holes in the p-bulbs. Is there anything I can or should do with them or should I just hope they the bulbs are not infected with anything and that the wounds are old and will eventually go away when the plant grows 10 new p-bulbs?
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    It looks like old slug damage, just make sure the slugs are not still there,and in time they will be back bulbs so it will not matter.
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    Thanks Ted. I've repotted it a few days ago rinsed the whole plant fiercely and didn't see any nasties. Anyone know how Onc. ornithorhynchum feels about S/H?
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    If you have slugs...place a penny in the pot. I thought it was a joke, but one phal that was being nibbled on proved it true. I got up the next morning and found a pile of goo with two eyes in the phal pot, about an inch away from the penny. Since, when I have plants being nibbled I repeat this and usually find a pile of goo shortly afterwards. It has something to do with the copper in them.

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    Copper seems to be deadly to slugs. Thus, there are some new products on the market for slug control with it as the active ingredient. A nice alternative to the usual metaldehyde, which is really toxic. So, I second Connie's suggestion if you want to be absolutely certain.

    I see no reason why Oncidium ornithorhynchum wouldn't be happy in s/h.

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