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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; I wish I had more room for quarantine, but I usually make do with an ...

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    Exclamation How do you quarantine new Orchids?

    I wish I had more room for quarantine, but I usually make do with an immersment in rapeseed oil and very close studying of the plants... So far, I've been lucky, only an outbreak of mealy bugs (contained in one window), but I'll probably be sorry for my general carelessness one day...

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    Treat with insecticide or fungicide and keep away from your collection for a couple of weeks if possible. Often it is a good idea to repot to make sure all the criters are gone.

    cheers,
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    Treat with insecticide or fungicide and keep away from your collection for a couple of weeks if possible. Often it is a good idea to repot to make sure all the criters are
    Ditto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Treat with insecticide or fungicide and keep away from your collection for a couple of weeks if possible. Often it is a good idea to repot to make sure all the criters are gone.

    cheers,
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    I agree also.

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    I should have mentioned (sorry), but since I have small children and cats, I don't do systemic treatments. Thank's anyway :-).

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    I always completely inspect and clean a new plant and re-pot in new medium before it joins other orchids. If there is anything to treat (bugs, etc.), that gets resolved before a new plant joins the others. Sort of putting the cart before the horse, but a plant also gets a thorough inspection before it comes home, if that is possible.

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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Treat with insecticide or fungicide and keep away from your collection for a couple of weeks if possible. Often it is a good idea to repot to make sure all the criters are gone.

    cheers,
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    This might be an obvious question but I had read that one shouldn't repot most orchids until after they bloom. Can you repot/should you repot while in bloom if it is a new acquisition?

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    I know that I should do this too, only recently have I had a problem. I think it is because my plants were still somewhat weak from the vortex. I ordered a new plant online and now I struggle to find what it brought before it kills my whole collection.

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    I'm worried about the same...a new addition with some unknown something wiping through my other orchids. A very healthy guy lost a leaf today, that surprised me, it didn't have any issues. In the future I'll quarantine everything rather than take the chance. I guess I'll throw out the pots also, since no one is willing to share with me what they do with them, not worth a chance for a .60 cent pot.

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