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How do you quarantine new Orchids?

This is a discussion on How do you quarantine new Orchids? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by sunkisd When you repot do you use the same pot the orchid ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunkisd View Post
    When you repot do you use the same pot the orchid came in or do you use a brand new pot? If a brand new pot, do you toss the old pot or can you sterilize it somehow and use it again? Maybe a bleach wipe down or soak? Thanks!
    You can use the same pot if you clean it well (bleach). But if the orchid has grown, it is usually better to move up to the next size.

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    If there was a stronger word for novice that would apply to me but I did clean a pot with soap and water then a 10% bleach solution followed by a physan soak. This was for a very nice ceramic pot

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    Throwing away the pot may be fun but not necessary. The pot isn't the problem. Repotting just cleans out contaminated soil. I know how you feel though. This was my first time regrowing dendrobiums and I already lost the regrowth of one of them to a mysterious something or other. The growth just became brittle and dropped off. My Paph Hawaiian Illusion lost the top leaf of its bloom, and the plant that started it all my White Egret Orchid.

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    Traci, thanks for the cleaning breakdown. If I ever invest in nice pots or get a gift orchid in one that sounds like a thorough cleaning method.

    Kspalding, you're killing me...I've wanted a White Egret for awhile now, they look like an origami bird right? I pinned one because they're so cool looking. Thanks for answering my question on the pot, I wasn't sure if a virus or bacterial bad guy could hang out in the pot but if it's just the soil a good cleaning on the pot should cut it. Then if 're-potting is necessary (thanks also Brutal_Dreamer) I'll just have an extra smaller pot hanging out for something else. Sorry to hear about your mysterious something that's going on. It sucks trying to put the breaks on something when you don't know exactly what it is! I hope you get it squashed quickly.

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    The place in Hawaii is sending replacement plus I ordered a 2nd one so that I would have trouble ordering one later on when they sell out. On top of that, I still intend to save the one I have. Who knows if things go right, I will soon have 3.

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    Kspalding,
    I looked up White Egret and it is gorgeous. I better wait till I know I can save easier things before I even dare something tricky.

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    Xara- There are natural non-toxic pesticides that can be used but the most common is simple rubbing alcohol. I also have 4 pets two of which were feral rescues that I haven't yet been able to take for vaccinations so their immune systems are likely weak. Therefore, I too have to be careful what I use. When I have to take the drastic measures to treat this unknown problem I am having now, I plan to treat all of my orchids outside then bring them back in.

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    What do you use the rubbing alcohol for, if you don't mind my asking?

    4 of the orchids I have right now were given to me from a family member. None have ever been repotted and I have a small mold/fungus issue going on, I also noticed some small (like tiny, tiny) critters today in two of them. My plan is to repot or mount everything that I have and do a physan 20 1hr soak on all of them at the 1 1/2tsp per gallon ratio in the process. After the soak then repot/mount I was going to wait a week before watering and just spritz them in the meantime. Is there anything else I need to consider? Do I need to flush them after the physan 20 soak? l also have some new orchids coming in the next week so I planned on doing this process to my existing guys + the new guys at the same time, per BD's original reply to the quarantine question. My concerns are 1. My 2 Miltoniopsis. I haven't decided how to repot them and the physan20 soak on them scares me. 2. I have 5 plants in bloom right now so it's not the optimal time to repot but they all need it. 2 of those bloomers are my Miltoniopsis and one of them is amazing right now, probably has 20+ open flowers. Thoughts? And thanks in advance for any help.

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    Rubbing alcohol is good after a "wash" to sprits on the foliage and stems of a plant to keep an infestation from re-occuring. It only works as a non-toxic preventative measure from infestation. In some cases (such as those bugs that use underside of leaves or small crevices as their breeding ground...it makes the area less appealing to them. For fungal or bacterial cinnamon is a natural remedy. However mealy bugs and spider mites can leave webby or cottony residue that can sometimes look fungal to the untrained eye. Try looking these two up and see if they look anything like what you saw. Another "small" insect that can attract to orchids is the sugar ant. They are really small and kinda a redish orange. They are not harmful to the orchid they just like the sugar the plant produces.

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    Sun-if you have any more questions feel free to PM me or even ask through the public messaging or a new thread . We wouldn't want to interfere with Xara's question getting answered in her thread by overloading it with other questions .

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    Sorry, how rude of me! I'll start another thread...back to quarantine

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