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Getting plants up to optimum growing

Discussion in 'Issues, Disease and Pests' started by Karen, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    So, I haven't been living where my plants are for over 6 months. They're growing OK, but need some TLC. I need to clean under the benches, treat for bush snail, treat at least one bench for mealy bugs, and do some virus testing.

    I was planning on cleaning under the benches, and watering really well for a week. Then treating the whole collection with Merit, 3 times, 7-10 days apart. Then using the SluggIt to treat for bush snail, and really letting the collection dry, to get the best kill rate on the snails.

    Any suggestions???

    It's a mixed collection of species, growing outdoors in the LA area.

    TIA!
     
  2. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    If it were me, I would start the Merit first and simultaneously spread some sluggo. Then once you get things cleaned, go ahead with the sluggit. I would have that done before my second application of Merit, ie only wait a day or two. If the plants are already stressed then just get the pests knocked out as fast as possible. If you have infestations your plants will not thrive until that is dealt with.
     
  3. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The Merit is systemic and I don't think treating 3 times that close together is necessary. Maybe once with Merit and then a follow up (or two) with Enstar. Then in a month, another treatment with Merit if there is still anything moving. I've found that Merit takes care of everything but some mealybug and keeps working for months.
     
  4. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    The good news is, I only see signs of mealybug on 1 bench, that isn't close to any of the others!
     
  5. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Treat the whole collection. It isn't going to harm the plants, and mealies have been known to wander.
     
  6. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Anglican Supporting Member

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    Keep an eye out for mites after using the Merit.
     
  7. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    are your plants still alive?
     
  8. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    LOL!
    Growing well, but could be doing better!
    Merited last week. Sent samples off for virus testing yesterday.
    Enstar tomorrow.
    :D
    I'm winning!
    And the Cynorkis gibbosa has started to grow!
    Yeah!
     
  9. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    glad to hear it. keep at it lady.