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help with phal orchid spike

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    Unhappy help with phal orchid spike

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    how can i solve this?

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    Hi,

    the white marking is what?. have you applied keiki paste on the phal node and the inflorescence is drying or is this a pest of some sort?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksriramkumar View Post
    Hi,

    the white marking is what?. have you applied keiki paste on the phal node and the inflorescence is drying or is this a pest of some sort?

    its a pest..its a pupa

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    Hi,

    not seen a pupa on a inflorescence. I would suggest you can cut it till the next node where it is bulged and could develop a secondary spike.

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    Yes, I'd cut it back to just above a healthy node and treat it with a safe insecticide too. It's not unusual for them to grow a secondary spike if they are cut off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksriramkumar View Post
    Hi,

    not seen a pupa on a inflorescence. I would suggest you can cut it till the next node where it is bulged and could develop a secondary spike.
    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolla View Post
    Yes, I'd cut it back to just above a healthy node and treat it with a safe insecticide too. It's not unusual for them to grow a secondary spike if they are cut off.
    wat kind of insecticide?

    thanks

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    I usually start with one of the insecticidal soaps, they seem pretty harmless to the plants. Perhaps someone else could come in on this too, I have been lucky with my small collection and haven't had a lot of problems.

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    I agree with the soap and cutting to fresh node.
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    I agree with the soap and cutting to fresh node.
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    I agree with the soap and cutting to fresh node.
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    I agree with the soap and cutting to fresh node.
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    I agree with the soap and cutting to fresh node. And not to sound like a broken record (from previous posts) with any pest problem I always reccommend changing the soil.
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    Sorry. I hate this phone. hoever it does make my broken record statement ironic . All i have to do is hit a bump and it sends. OOPS. anyways I cant tell really well on my phone but it looks like white specks. Is that right?
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    Ok I see it more clearly with out using my phone. Definitely scale. I pulled this from the St. Augustine Orchid Society. The problem doesn't appear to be small so more than rubbing alcohol may be required for this one. I hope this helps:

    Treatment: If there are only a few scale, use a Q tip dipped in isopropyl alcohol or toothbrush dipped in a pesticide like Malathion, Orthene, Summer Oil or Safer Soap (used per label instructions) to physically remove scale. For more severe infestations, apply the pesticide at the crawler stage and repeat the application 2 weeks later. Be sure to spray all plant surfaces, particularly the undersides of leaves and leaf axils. A drench with one of the Bayer products containing imidacloprid will also kill them. With the Bayer product containing 1.47% imidacloprid, add 1.5 tsp into a quart of water and pour it through the mix to thoroughly drench the potting mix. The orchid will absorb the imadacloprid through the roots into the leaves and kill the scale from the inside out. Distance is an expensive insect growth regulator that will eliminate scale from your orchids.

    Prevention: Remove old leaf and flower sheaths to eliminate scale hiding places and allow easy inspection. Check new plants carefully before adding to the growing area.

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