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Orchid Buds under attack...

This is a discussion on Orchid Buds under attack... within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I can't leave any orchid in bud outside, the *#&# bushy tailed tree rats come ...

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    I can't leave any orchid in bud outside, the *#&# bushy tailed tree rats come along and feast on them, find the new about to flower spikes a delicacy, but this looks like something smaller or insect like. Me, I'd bring the plant right indoors for some TLC, soft music, candlighted dinner, whatever does the job, plant wise, just reminding it I still love it, abuse was intentional, etc. - martha

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    Looks ALOT like slug/snail damage. I go out at night with a torch and some salt, then i just pick em up and put salt on the exposed "foot". Its evil, i know, but i just love to watch them foam up then watch the blackbirds and thrushes feast on them the next morning! I also found that using double sided tape was good, wrap it around the spike and put salt on the exposed side. WORKS WONDERS!

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    I deal with slugs and snails here in Pennsylvania too Connie. Last summer I had my orchids out for the summer and didn't realize snails were eating all the new cattleya roots. I ended up losing a few plants becuase of snails and a few of my catts are still recovering. Snail bait really works (suggested to me by Amey on this forum!) as long as you put a fresh round out every month or so. Just be careful if you have a dog or cat, some slug baits can be dangerous for pets. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrfehon View Post
    I deal with slugs and snails here in Pennsylvania too Connie. Last summer I had my orchids out for the summer and didn't realize snails were eating all the new cattleya roots. I ended up losing a few plants becuase of snails and a few of my catts are still recovering. Snail bait really works (suggested to me by Amey on this forum!) as long as you put a fresh round out every month or so. Just be careful if you have a dog or cat, some slug baits can be dangerous for pets. Good luck!

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    Beleive it or not, it is NZ law and NZOSH standards to have a taste deterent in any slug/snail bait. This actually decreases their effectiveness i find.

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