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Yet another Trichoglottis brachiata

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    Default Yet another Trichoglottis brachiata

    This plant found its way through my door last spring, April I believe. Only 5 buds but posting the 1st open one before the earwigs eat them all up. That's what caused the pale spots. They were nipping the bud. There are a lot less of them now because of the recent rains but didn't want to chance it. Thanks for looking!
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    I'd be treating to kill them.

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    Very healthy looking roots. Sorry about the earwigs. You should look for a neem based pesticide

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78Terp View Post
    I'd be treating to kill them.
    Can't really Harvey. They only come out at night. I go out a couple of times and squish the ones I can find but if I used a pesticide I'd be killing too many of the good bugs. I can watch a jumping spider for 20 minutes Also, not sure, but I think they eat mealy bugs, scale, aphids etc. They are omnivorous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksriramkumar View Post
    Very healthy looking roots. Sorry about the earwigs. You should look for a neem based pesticide
    Thank you Sriram. Raining for at least an hour every day for the past week.

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    I hear you but that is something I would be more concerned with if I was growing someplace other than my deck. On the ground with dirt/ground cover as the floor.

    It appears you too are on a deck of some sort. Or an already an altered environment, likely conducive to the earwigs. I would be very careful with the application.

    You can set up a spraying booth and only get the plant covered with the treatment. Let it dry before moving back to its location. That way it only is a concern for those pests that decide to land on it.

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    These ones are hanging on a fence or from the adjacent bushes. Below them are phlox and other plants in flower and not far away are sedum's in full blossom. Last year I would see as many as 100 bumble bee's on those. This year the most I've seen at one time is 8. I don't know if I was the culprit or there is another cause but not using pesticides outdoors at all anymore. 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.

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    If I was loosing buds to earwigs, I would be spraying that orchid to get rid of them, the suggestion to do it only on that one orchid is a good idea.

    Nice healthy plant Chris!

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    How much light it gets?

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    Except for 4-5 hours when it gets a bit of afternoon shade from a bush it is in the sun Svetlana. Takes a lot of water though. Two weeks ago I was dipping it in a bucket fast twice a day with a half hour soak in the afternoon.

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    If I was loosing buds to earwigs, I would be spraying that orchid to get rid of them, the suggestion to do it only on that one orchid is a good idea.

    Nice healthy plant Chris!
    It is a good idea Jack. I'm surprised I actually got it to bloom. Probably all the hot weather.

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    Beautiful bloom, pity about the signs

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