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This is a discussion on complex problem... within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hello there, Now I have dealt with mealy bugs before, so I feel pretty comfortable ...

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    Hello there,
    Now I have dealt with mealy bugs before, so I feel pretty comfortable with my abilities to kill the little suckers, but I have a question about timing. Due to my lack of experience, I am not sure what to do; and this is a long story, sorry...
    I got a Phal Equestris hybrid as a gift and it was complicated to start. The main plant had an inflorescence with a keiki the size of the master plant on it. The master plant had a weepy spot at the crown, but the spike (with the keiki) was in bloom and the keiki had its own inflorescence! Now all along I could see the mealy bugs in some of the flowers. I separated the plants and potted them (I didn't want the crown rot to kill the keiki) and I am debating what to do next. (The keiki is my main focus because the other plant's rot is severe now despite treatments.) Do I cut both inflorescence's and treat for mealy bugs or let the plant go through its bloom and then treat?
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    Do I cut both inflorescence's and treat for mealy bugs...
    Yes...I would

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    Ok, I guess I was thinking since the bugs were not in great numbers I could get away with waiting. I will cut tomorrow...sigh...and treat...and look forward to next year flowers.
    Thank you

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    Jenn, mealies can get out of control really fast. I definitely agree with these guys: cut and treat so you don't lose the plant or set it severely back. The things will (almost) always rebloom, to take care of the plant, not the flowers.

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    I took all of your advise and cut and treated. I am so glad I did because when I took the plant out of the pot to inspect further, I discovered tiny red translucent bumps gathered in clusters in various places on the base of the roots. I assume they are red spider mites, or eggs. Anyway, I thoroughly washed the plant, sprayed with my treatment, washed the plant again and am going to re-pot tomorrow, after I can treat and wash the whole plant another time. Poor little Phal.
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    I'm sorry those little buggers got to your plant. Good thing you got rid of them! Here's to next year's flowers...

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    Wouldn't it be great if those bugs don't exist anymore? You got rid of them, your plant is happy, and next year it'll reward you with even more flowers as a "thank you."

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