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Snail Damage

This is a discussion on Snail Damage within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I recently posted pictures of Asco. Chaiyot and shortly after all the blooms were open ...

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    Angry Snail Damage

    I recently posted pictures of Asco. Chaiyot and shortly after all the blooms were open a snail found them. After looking around I found a potted Vanda with five of the slimy creatures hiding deep down in the roots and a Brassavola hybrid with one hiding in the corner. I put them into the soupy dishsoap water to dissolve. It kills them and their eggs. If you squish a snail you release their eggs and you end up causing them to multiply...much like cockroaches. I go out after a heavy rain and hand pick them off my plants as well as putting down bait. This area has a ton of them.

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    We get them in all sizes. I make a bowl of water, and dish detergent and drop them in.

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    so sad to look at the disfigured flowers. I was reading that we could cut small pieces of potato and leave them top of the suspected pot overnight and catch all of them in the morning and dispose them.

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    Guess I'm the only one caring about the snails here )) They look quite adorable
    I had once a tiny one in some Onc.-based hybrid, but while I was taking a pic of it (instead of catching), it ran away..
    You have some interesting medium. What is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kissa View Post
    Guess I'm the only one caring about the snails here )) They look quite adorable
    I had once a tiny one in some Onc.-based hybrid, but while I was taking a pic of it (instead of catching), it ran away..
    You have some interesting medium. What is it?
    A friend had some left over lava rock from a project and I thought it might do well with a few of my plants that like to dry out quickly. I tried it with a brassavola hybrid and the plant was so happy it threw out flowers within a short time after. I need to pick up another bag at the garden shop. I find the materials generally used as "mulch", to be very good potting materials here in humid Florida. Last year I found plain old pine mulch to be an amazing material for my large cattleya and to mix in with my terrestrial's potting stuff. When it's called "mulch", or is used as an edging material around walkways, it is so much less expensive than the official Orchid mixes. Since I have a large collection it helps to keep my costs down...which keeps the husband happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    I recently posted pictures of Asco. Chaiyot and shortly after all the blooms were open a snail found them. After looking around I found a potted Vanda with five of the slimy creatures hiding deep down in the roots and a Brassavola hybrid with one hiding in the corner. I put them into the soupy dishsoap water to dissolve. It kills them and their eggs. If you squish a snail you release their eggs and you end up causing them to multiply...much like cockroaches. I go out after a heavy rain and hand pick them off my plants as well as putting down bait. This area has a ton of them.
    nasty slimy buggers!

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    Cjcorner, thanks for reply. Unfortunately we don't have here lava rock. It does look like it's drying out quickly, Catts must love it
    LOL at the snails, the ARE adorable, but I prefer to adore them on some distance
    My problem was easily solved - as soon as I made holes in the pots and changed medium to medium-sized bark and the orchids started being dry most of the time, all the "inhabitants" vanished as if by magic, and, gosh! I had quite a zoo. Snails, some tiny flies, some jumpy little buggies, weirdly looking moss growing on its own etc etc etc
    But I guess if the air humidity is pretty high, you can't fix that

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