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Grumpy greenhouse grower with rot...

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    Unhappy Grumpy greenhouse grower with rot...

    This summer started out really nicely. I had a load of plants in bloom for my May graduation and folks ooo'ed and aaa'ed in the greenhouse. After the festivities, all seemed well. Then, I started noticing a wilt on some of my plants. It quickly spread and, despite my efforts, killed a number of plants in my now dwindling collection. I tried Bordeaux solution, but discovered to my horror, that it added to their stress. Bordeaux solutions should only be applied in cooler temps. I found that out a little late....

    Then, I found a rat living in my greenhouse. One morning, I noticed more dead leaves than usual amongst the pots. Using a fork to comb them out (Sadly, I had become used to this daily routine of removing dead leaves and searching for the "dumper" to see if it were salvageable), I disturbed the "nest" and it shot out from under the pile and blasted down the back edge of that bench and out the access hole I later found. It had eaten three plants, but....and this is a biggie....there were no little ones in the nest. For all of my troubles, I dodged a bullet there!

    I have spent the rest of this summer removing all of the plants, cleaning the greenhouse, repairing damage to said greenhouse, installing new benches and the inner liner of the greenhouse, and tossing plants that were too far gone.

    I recently applied some Physan-20 to see if it would stop the progression of the juggernaut rot variety that has been ravaging my plants. I hope it works....

    Thanks for reading. I have missed posting and reading, but I have been a little preoccupied. It became increasingly difficult to be cheerful about my plants as I witnessed their demises, so I wouldn't have made a very good encourager.

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    So very sorry to hear about your problems. Will pray to the orchid gods that things go better from now on.

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    Thank you most kindly!! Too many empty pots....

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    So sorry to hear about your problems.I would be depressed too if I were you.Physan 20 should do the trick if your problem is bacterial wilt ( which it most likely is ). I used to apply physan for the same problem in the old days when it was available here but unfortunately now it is no longer sold here.

    Any way welcome back and hope to see more posts from you.

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    Sorry to read about your tragedy.. Empty pots!? I think you should go orchid shopping and that should help you cheer up too! Nothing like new toys in your gh

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    Thanks! Catttan, why isn't Physan-20 available?

    Satishsherikar, if the Physan-20 works, I may look into that!! I would hate to add more plants to the squishy black death moving through my greenhouse, right now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vmax View Post
    Thanks! Catttan, why isn't Physan-20 available?

    Satishsherikar, if the Physan-20 works, I may look into that!! I would hate to add more plants to the squishy black death moving through my greenhouse, right now!
    Don't know.Could be due to import problems, trade monopoly etc... I understand that it is also not easily available in Europe. However I could get it if I cross over to Thailand but the customs at our border is rather strict with pesticides coming into the country.

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    Oh that is terrible, Vanessa. I hope you stopped the rot and the rodents. Good to see you back here and posting again.

    Cheers,
    BD

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    I appreciate all of the kind words! One always hopes that each experience in one's life may be of benefit to others....especially when it's knocked one back a notch! As much as I hate to confess this, I think my collection was way past what was really sound for my facilities and abilities ! It still killed me to watch so many of them succumb.

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