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Oncidium Shary Baby Houston, we have a problem!

This is a discussion on Oncidium Shary Baby Houston, we have a problem! within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I don't move my catts inside until the blooms are almost large enough to open, ...

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    I don't move my catts inside until the blooms are almost large enough to open, but they do fine after that. I sort of went through a major oncid-type orchid phase last year, so I don't really look for them now. However, it's really oncid season here in Atlanta now, and I'm breaking down. Walked by several Sharry Baby orchids in the nursery the other day, and the overall scent was incredible. I'm really tempted but, truth is, I don't really like the mini-oncids, so I'm holding out - for now, anyway.

    By the way, I've used the supposedly safer insectidal soap (several different brands) and they mostly seem to be made up of neem oil. None of them worked on the pests I had at the time. Like Amey said, I pulled out the big guns - triazicide is my choice and seems to work extremely effectively.
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    we have some predatory wasps here that will wander through the herb garden and catch green inchworms, ones i cannot find because they blend in so well. i see their poop, but almost never find them, but these wasps get right in there and catch them. it's cool to watch, and now that i know why they prowl through the garden, i leave them alone. i used to shoo them away thinking they would build a nest, but they were just grocery shopping. it's part of the fun of gardening to see nature in effect. do you know what kind of caterpillar they are? catch one and go to a garden center (a good one) if not and they should be able to recommend something. if it's a good place, they won't think you're weird for bringing a bug to show them, and with any luck they have something or can tell you what wasp or natural predator might help you and how to obtain or encourage them in your area.

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    Yea, I thought about that. I am trying to be more diligent with inspecting it.

    Quote Originally Posted by gardenguysorchids View Post
    Just remember insects arriving after you spray can still do damage until they digest enough poision to kill them.

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    Thanks for the information, I will look for Triazicide when I return home. I am in Atlanta all week, any orchid shops I should check out while I am here.

    Quote Originally Posted by mauraec View Post
    I don't move my catts inside until the blooms are almost large enough to open, but they do fine after that. I sort of went through a major oncid-type orchid phase last year, so I don't really look for them now. However, it's really oncid season here in Atlanta now, and I'm breaking down. Walked by several Sharry Baby orchids in the nursery the other day, and the overall scent was incredible. I'm really tempted but, truth is, I don't really like the mini-oncids, so I'm holding out - for now, anyway.

    By the way, I've used the supposedly safer insectidal soap (several different brands) and they mostly seem to be made up of neem oil. None of them worked on the pests I had at the time. Like Amey said, I pulled out the big guns - triazicide is my choice and seems to work extremely effectively.

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    I am the "gardner" that tries not to kill anything. Actually, if they had only eaten a couple of buds I would not have killed any of them but they took out an entire spike. I have tons of wasp and a large yellow jacket nest on my deck next to my orchids. I was excited to see the nest because I know they catch all sorts of bugs to feed their larvae. I spent way way to much time as a kid reading any book I could find on nature, bugs, snakes and all things creepy crawly. Send some of your wasp my way!

    Quote Originally Posted by coeruleo View Post
    we have some predatory wasps here that will wander through the herb garden and catch green inchworms, ones i cannot find because they blend in so well. i see their poop, but almost never find them, but these wasps get right in there and catch them. it's cool to watch, and now that i know why they prowl through the garden, i leave them alone. i used to shoo them away thinking they would build a nest, but they were just grocery shopping. it's part of the fun of gardening to see nature in effect. do you know what kind of caterpillar they are? catch one and go to a garden center (a good one) if not and they should be able to recommend something. if it's a good place, they won't think you're weird for bringing a bug to show them, and with any luck they have something or can tell you what wasp or natural predator might help you and how to obtain or encourage them in your area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller View Post
    Thanks for the information, I will look for Triazicide when I return home. I am in Atlanta all week, any orchid shops I should check out while I am here.
    Wow- you're here in Atlanta this week? Want to come stake some catts for me? Seriously, though, you need to go to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens while you're here. I can't say enough about how magical the Orchid Conservatory is. The ABS is right downtown - very easy to get to. If you need any more info, let me know!

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    I would cover the plant with diatomaceous earth. I don't like using chemicals if i don't have to and it will kill any insect that crawls.

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    What is this stuff?! It can be added to dog food but kills bugs?

    Quote Originally Posted by imclaugh View Post
    I would cover the plant with diatomaceous earth. I don't like using chemicals if i don't have to and it will kill any insect that crawls.

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    Just ordered some, hope you are right. Thanks for the recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by imclaugh View Post
    I would cover the plant with diatomaceous earth. I don't like using chemicals if i don't have to and it will kill any insect that crawls.

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