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moldy threads

This is a discussion on moldy threads within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Dear Matt, thanks for your reply again. my plants are on a table beside the ...

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  1. #11
    hohcs is offline Member
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    Jan 2005
    Buffalo, NY


    Dear Matt,

    thanks for your reply again. my plants are on a table beside the sliding door to the balcony - i live in an apartment. i have 2 40w grow lights above the plants. the balcony is facing west. the floor board heat is just below the table which i thought would provide good heat. the thermostat is set at 60. i thought even 55 is ok for phals?

    is bleach so damaging? i use very diluted mix. ok, i have to find another way then. so far i cannot tell what damage has been done unless i take the plant out of the pot. the flowers are developing, still just tiny buds. the plants are also grwoing new roots. good signs?

  2. #12
    mattbrown is offline Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2005


    possibly poor air circulation could be part of the (mold) problem. maybe use a fan near where you have your orchids.
    how often do you water?
    i only use bleach as a sterilizing agent(on pots,and tools), not as a treatment.
    i use neem oil(insect control), physan(after deviding and repoting), and occasionally rubbing alcohol(for scale) to treat my plants.
    good luck.

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