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My Phal has been bitten

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    Quote Originally Posted by jovi View Post
    Brutal_Dreamer, should I also threat the leaves with the intect.? I am affraid that some of the intruders can still survive if I don't treat the whole orchid.. what do you think? And of course I should cut the spike?...
    Sure, treat the whole plant. I just said the medium because I believed it to be a slug hiding down inside the mix. They come up and munch on the orchids at night. They sometimes leave a 'shiny' trail too.

    If you get the spray on the blooms, they will fade, so you can cut the spike if you want, but it is not hurting the orchid.

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    Yesterday I looked again through the transparent pot into the medium, I didn't notice anything unusual.. no slugs..
    I know that the spike isn't hurting the flower, but what if I don't treat the whole orchid, including the spike (that also has white dots on it) only leaves and the medium and after a while the intruders (whatever they are) crawl down from the spike on the leaves again.. so I think I should cut the spike (I don't want to do it...) and then treat the whole plant thoroughly..

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    SiberianGirl, the bites on my phal isn't getting bigger neither..but I am afraid I can eventually lose the orchid if I don't do anything about them.. I have already treated some of my phals with an insecticide called Actara. it seems to help them to get rid of any "unexpected guests"

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    Quote Originally Posted by jovi View Post
    Yesterday I looked again through the transparent pot into the medium, I didn't notice anything unusual.. no slugs..
    I know that the spike isn't hurting the flower, but what if I don't treat the whole orchid, including the spike (that also has white dots on it) only leaves and the medium and after a while the intruders (whatever they are) crawl down from the spike on the leaves again.. so I think I should cut the spike (I don't want to do it...) and then treat the whole plant thoroughly..
    Probably the best idea and it will be healthy for your plant in the long term. Leave no pesky survivors!!

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    I have a kitten. He luuuuuuuuurves trying to eat my orchids

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    couple of nights ago I wake up at 3:00 and as I went to get some water I glanced a pot. I found a icky slug , and know that I had repotted this orchid 1 month ago. This ergh! was relaxed eating a new growth.I took it outside and I put Nim oil on substrate , cause I had no time to repot, even in the next day. When I did it I didn't found any one more. Hope it helps.It had no time for eating the leaves. Good luck.

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    speaking of nicks on flowers......I thought this was funny...When my phal first bloomed I was nursing a baby robin that i found abandoned from my farm. I brought it home in a lil box. Well two days later when i got up in the mourning that lil bird learned how to fly. AND landed on my New Blooms......................I DONT THINK MY PHAL WAS TO HAPPY ABOUT IT
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    lol......I wasnt Happy either.....but i got this cool pic...lol.....

    so anyways

    GO GET THOSE NICKERS/Biters ...lol.....
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    too funny - (the photo - not the damaged phal)

    Cheers,
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    yes, it's funny to get an image like that. Hope the phal is ok.

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