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Scale and Murphy's Oil Soap

This is a discussion on Scale and Murphy's Oil Soap within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I read in book Orchids Through Our Eyes, that you can use Murphy's Oil Soap ...

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    Default Scale and Murphy's Oil Soap

    I read in book Orchids Through Our Eyes, that you can use Murphy's Oil Soap on orchids. It says follow directions and spray on. There are 2 dilutions for this soap 1/4 c per gallon and 1/2 cup per gallon. Which do I use? Can anyone tell me? Do you leave it on? How often do you use? I have one L purparata ' Schuster ' seedling with it.
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    What does it do/kill?
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    That's what I believe it to mean. The book says this home remedy is for those that are nervous about pesticides. Anyway, I haven't gotten a response yet on this so, I went ahead and used 1/2 c per gallon of water and sprayed my orchid. I still would like the forum people that recommended this to enter in on this.

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    I'd love the info too....
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    Just got home...so did not get your question till just now. I think you did what I would have done. I would leave it on. It will smother the mealy bugs and light scale attacking your plant. The residue will discourage other insects from appearing. Repeat every couple of weeks until the pests do not return.

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    Also, I just did a quick search here on the forum and found this post by another member who uses this product with success.

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    I imagine it is like using fine horticultural with some soak as a surfactant.

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    Thanks, BD. I appreciate it. I will follow your directions. I love Murphy's Oil Soap. It smells so good.

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