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Aphids Everywhere!

This is a discussion on Aphids Everywhere! within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I had them on my garden lettuce a few years ago got rid of them ...

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    I had them on my garden lettuce a few years ago got rid of them with water and A squirt of dish soap , would work for the Orchids .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gurj View Post
    My partner's grandmother has a very organic remedy to it. Soak 2 tablespoons of tobacco in 2 cups of water overnight and brew it with a tea bag the next day. Spray it on the affected areas and there you go. They'd disappear and never ever come back. this saves the orchid in a way that you don't have to wash it off or take it out of the pot. You can soak the pot with the orchid in the remaining liquid just in case they are underneath.
    I, for one, really like this idea! The nicotine is a poison and used to be used in smoke form to kill pests in greenhouses. Merit is a great systemic, BUT should only be used once every three months. I am going to do some experimenting with this ( as I do with everything...LOL! ) and will let everyone know my results. Betty

    P.S. Rubber gloves should be used with Merit; it should never be put on fruits or vegetables which will be eaten.

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    First of all, you should get rid of the aphids as soon as you see them. They are one of those pests that transmit the virus. Many methds have been mentioned. They all should do the job but some may work better than the others...

    Merit is great. Like Betty said, you can't use it often(because the insects could develope immunity if you use the same chemical too often), so I recommend to rotate your chemicals if you have to use them more often.

    Tobacco smoking/smokers don't transmit the tobacco mosaic virus. That was a myth/joke among the orchid hobbyist, especially among new hobbyist. However, I do recommend people wash their hands often when they work on orchids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom-19951 View Post
    Tobacco smoking/smokers don't transmit the tobacco mosaic virus. That was a myth/joke among the orchid hobbyist, especially among new hobbyist. However, I do recommend people wash their hands often when they work on orchids.
    Maybe I'm just neurotic...I believed it! No wonder I never get funny looks when I go to a greenhouse. Still I sanitize just to be safe.Posted via Mobile Device

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    Quote Originally Posted by espranch View Post
    I, for one, really like this idea! The nicotine is a poison and used to be used in smoke form to kill pests in greenhouses. Merit is a great systemic, BUT should only be used once every three months. I am going to do some experimenting with this ( as I do with everything...LOL! ) and will let everyone know my results. Betty

    P.S. Rubber gloves should be used with Merit; it should never be put on fruits or vegetables which will be eaten.
    I have used it on indoor plants mainly orchids and outdoor ones such as wisteria. It shows amazing results. I hope this will work for you as this is the most natural and chemical free solution.

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    Thanks, very much, Gurjeet! I appreciate your input on this...By the way, can we have Earl Grey? It's my personal favorite! ...Betty :-)

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    LOL I like Earl Grey, why don't you pop over when you are in England sometime? Actually, I have some loose tea called TYPHOO and un-liked in our household. We are rather spoilt on PG tips. I use TYPHOO to get rid of pest problems

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    Quote Originally Posted by espranch View Post
    I, for one, really like this idea! The nicotine is a poison and used to be used in smoke form to kill pests in greenhouses. Merit is a great systemic, BUT should only be used once every three months. I am going to do some experimenting with this ( as I do with everything...LOL! ) and will let everyone know my results. Betty

    P.S. Rubber gloves should be used with Merit; it should never be put on fruits or vegetables which will be eaten.
    I had a close look and guess what I found!

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    I've used Grand Ma's remedy and fingers crossed! If push comes to shove then I have to do this again tomorrow morning.

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