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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; So I think I may have a small pest problem. The same caterpillars that decimated ...

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    Default Oncidium Shary Baby Houston, we have a problem!

    So I think I may have a small pest problem. The same caterpillars that decimated two spikes on my NOID that we are waiting to bloom have been found twice now eating the buds on my nine spike Sharry Baby! What do y'all use for such pest Leaving for a week so would like to handle this before Sunday.

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    Sorry to hear that, Miller!

    Can't help you, though. I have my share of Sharry Baby problem. Something ate two of three spikes. Growing outside does introduce pest problem. Maybe some other members have their way to deal with suitation.

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    Time to bring out the big guns if you really want to see the blooms, as caterpillars are voracious. I would use a systemic that will be effective for 2-3 weeks after the spray and then repeat the cycle while it is breeding season for these insects. Imidachloprid has worked well for me and for other members too against various pests.

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    noooooooooooo

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    I bought some insect killing soap. It is "Safer Brand" Insect killing soap with seaweed extract. This is the only thing the orchid store had. Anyone ever seen or used this?

    Miller

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    This time of year any of my orchids that spike are moved back inside. Not only does it protect them from critters but also storms. They only thing I have to worry about indoors is my own clumsiness . LOL having them inside in cooler temps also extends their bloom period.

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    Can you put the plant(s) in a screened area, even just draped with screening so the bugs can't get in?? They won't like being inside; the humidity is just too low.

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    I am leaving them outside but I did spray with an insecticide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller View Post
    I am leaving them outside but I did spray with an insecticide.

    Miller
    Good you sprayed the orchids.

    cheers,
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    Just remember insects arriving after you spray can still do damage until they digest enough poision to kill them.

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