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Yet another Trichoglottis brachiata

This is a discussion on Yet another Trichoglottis brachiata within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Lovely flower , pity about the earwig damage....

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    Lovely flower , pity about the earwig damage.

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    The plant itself looks super healthy!

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    DEFINITELY buy a systemic insecticide and treat that plant.

    OK, time for my periodic trip to the soapbox...

    I'm not picking on Chris, but using this thread as an example, "Yet another..." is an awful way to start a thread. It suggests "Ho-Hum. I'm so tired of seeing these.", and we all know that's simply not possible!

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    Ray, you are absolutely right about my choice of a title. Realized that as soon as I posted it and wanted to edit it but couldn't. I love this plant and am proud of helping it to bloom for its 1st time in only a few months.

    I'd like to use the systemic but firstly you can't buy them in Canada. I was able to get one from the States a couple of years ago ($$$shipping) but not anymore. Earwigs are also not my biggest problem. They might chew on a flower or two once in a while but other critters do a lot more damage. Over the past week squirrels have dug two of my Den. out of their pots and dropped them on the ground. They often bite samples from pb's on or bite chunks out of cork mounts. They also like to bury peanuts in the larger pots. Unfortunately firearms (including slingshots) are not to be discharged within city limits. I do however know that someone shot two rabbits in the wee hours of the morning this summer in my backyard. They also like orchids and had eaten any roots they could reach along the fence line. Pity squirrels are diurnal. One night I was checking for earwigs and found a katydid chewing off the edge of a Cat. leaf. Lastly, doctors have told me I am not to use any chemical pesticides. I can use Neem and dish detergent. Problem with that has been the outside temperatures and relentless sun we were having. Don't like to burn my plants. I've watered all of my plants with sulphur over the past two weeks and I'm hoping that will help with some of the bug problems and fungi at the same time.

    As a side note, Love Kelpmax!! Hope to do a photo before and after post in a few weeks if I'm allowed, but am far too late to do before's on any of the plants treated. I'll be starting to treat more tomorrow and next week so I'll be post it then.
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    Nice flower Chris. I wish I had been able to see and kill the culprit that got my buds this year. Enjoy the fragrance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris in Hamilton View Post
    Plus, specialists have put me on a strict Paleo diet. No more Mars bars or ice cream and all food can have no additives. Anything that is not a flower bed is a vegetable garden.
    I went Paleo/Primal 6 years ago. Best thing I ever did for myself. Lost 50 lbs in about 5 or 6 months, arthritis and other small ailment went away. After a short time you feel so good you don't want to go back to eating toxic food substitutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sciencegal View Post
    I went Paleo/Primal 6 years ago. Best thing I ever did for myself. Lost 50 lbs in about 5 or 6 months, arthritis and other small ailment went away. After a short time you feel so good you don't want to go back to eating toxic food substitutes.
    I'm liking it so far except for the cost of food Luckily, we do have the vegetable garden. Lost 24 lbs since the end of March and am starting to feel a bit better.

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    Nice flower Chris. I wish I had been able to see and kill the culprit that got my buds this year. Enjoy the fragrance!
    Thank you Sheryl! I know these are supposed to be fragrant but so far I can't smell anything from it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris in Hamilton View Post
    I'm liking it so far except for the cost of food Luckily, we do have the vegetable garden. Lost 24 lbs since the end of March and am starting to feel a bit better.

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    Seems to me that it costs less but then I produce most of my own food - vegetables, eggs, meat and milk (the milk is from my goats now owned by a large family that gives me all the milk I can drink.) I eat a feast of protein and fat every morning then I am not hungry for the rest of the day.

    As far as the critters on the orchids go you could just keep them indoors for the year. I tried putting all of mine out this year in a 70% shade house but the phals got sun burned anyway, the hard water from hose caused problems, mice ate new leaves. Some liked it and did well including the community pots of paphs. Now that most are in water culture I think I will just keep them in the house all year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sciencegal View Post
    Seems to me that it costs less but then I produce most of my own food - vegetables, eggs, meat and milk (the milk is from my goats now owned by a large family that gives me all the milk I can drink.) I eat a feast of protein and fat every morning then I am not hungry for the rest of the day.

    As far as the critters on the orchids go you could just keep them indoors for the year. I tried putting all of mine out this year in a 70% shade house but the phals got sun burned anyway, the hard water from hose caused problems, mice ate new leaves. Some liked it and did well including the community pots of paphs. Now that most are in water culture I think I will just keep them in the house all year.
    I planted two cherries an apricot and a peach last year with high hopes. May was so cold when the flowers were open (normally April) that the bee's stayed in bed. Results from four trees? Two cherries, four peaches

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