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    Have you tried putting some copper coins in your orchid pots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    Have you tried putting some copper coins in your orchid pots?
    Yew-Sung, does that work with most snails?

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    Have you tried putting some copper coins in your orchid pots?
    I've killed tree's using copper coins Yew-Sung. I don't think I want to take the chance with my orchids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheryl View Post
    Yew-Sung, does that work with most snails?
    It turns out that this is a myth. I checked on the internet and saw some experiments that debunked this myth. Well back to the old metaldehyde snail bait as I have no cats or dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    It turns out that this is a myth. I checked on the internet and saw some experiments that debunked this myth. Well back to the old metaldehyde snail bait as I have no cats or dogs.
    Yes back to the drawing board!

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    I have read this too - old coffee - said to be used in Hawaii where they grow vandas for cut flowers in fields. I religiously saved up all my coffee leftovers for ages, and used it - poured it on the plants - had no effect whatsoever - and when I had a bit of a whinge about this, I was told it was the grounds I should have used, not the coffee ! So take your pick.

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    The use of copper, when dealing with snails and slugs, is as a mechanical barrier. I had strips of 1" wide foil wrapped around the legs of my greenhouse benches, and never saw a local intruder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raybark View Post
    The use of copper, when dealing with snails and slugs, is as a mechanical barrier. I had strips of 1" wide foil wrapped around the legs of my greenhouse benches, and never saw a local intruder.
    Easy to do and effective. Like that idea.

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    Copper is excellent - works against woodlice ( pillbugs) too . I used Murphys copper fungicide, and sprayed benches with it. Never a snail , slug or woodlouse. One spray lasted maybe 3 months before the one or two molecule thick layer got washed away by watering the plants.
    Regrettably "they" decided it is not safe - if I were to drink the neat solution it would kill me, so it is banned for retail sale... bureaucrats with idiotic ideas drive me up the wall. , I should like to force feed them with the stuff....
    I have found one copper solution still on sale, a version of Bordeaux mixture as used by viniculturists - 50-50 CuSO4 and FeSO4 ( not too sure about valencies here , but ) basically copper and iron sulphates. Problem is that the mixture is hydrophobic, can't be mixed with water, and hence not easily sprayed. The dust is much more difficult to apply. If anyone has better chemistry than me ( not difficult) and can make suggestions, please do.

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    There’s always the nontoxic method of going out after dark with a flashlight and picking them off one by one.
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