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  1. Ray

    Microscopic mites on paphs

    I honestly have not looked at the chemistry, but why are miticides so damned expensive?
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    Soaking before fertilizing?

    The concept still applies - maybe even more so. In my mind, there are two processes to deal with: saturation and ion capture, and both have limits. Scenario 1 - one watering with pure water and fertilizer: the roots become saturated with the solution and as many nutrient ions as possible are...
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    USPS outdone itself

    ALL carriers seem to be hit and miss these days. I’ve had packages show as “label created” but not yet received at the post office right up until that day it was delivered, and I’ve shipped replacements for lost packages that we delivered the same day as the “lost” package.
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    First Rays is Closing

    Sorry. We are away at a wedding..
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    Microscopic mites on paphs

    I have not had enough of an insect issue to spend that much money.
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    Microscopic mites on paphs

    1 comment & 1 question: Azamax seems to be an extremely broad-spectrum miticide and insecticide, and unlike most, it affects adults, juveniles and eggs. Does anyone have any first-hand experience with those inexpensive microscopes that can be PC or iPhone connected?
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    Sticky crispy dried out leaves?

    “Honeydew” is a remarkably broad term. Yes, I have heard it to be scale secretions, and in this case, that is the more likely source, but it is also sugary sap exuded by some plants when their stockpile of resources is quite good. I have read some folks’ speculation that it help attract...
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    Sticky crispy dried out leaves?

    Humidity is not a substitute for watering, but I suspect that plant has succumbed to a fungal infection.
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    Anyone using CHC on Phrag. kovachii these days? Favorite non-bark/CHC mix choices?

    @Tom Reddick As I am the person who developed the method, you’ll find a lot of info at my website. I am not aware that anyone sells the pots any longer. I stopped about 5 years ago and the place in VA (name?) followed suit a couple years later, so now it’s a DIY situation - not that it is...
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    First Rays is Closing

    From Tuesday evening until the 22nd. If you want something, don't wait!
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    Anyone using CHC on Phrag. kovachii these days? Favorite non-bark/CHC mix choices?

    I grow all of my phrags in semi-hydroponic culture with pots having an internal reservoir. Always moist and very airy (about 35-40% open volume), and if used in a drier environment, there is some evaporative cooling which makes it easier for typically cooler-growing species that I can otherwise...
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    scary leaf stuff on Jensoa Cymbidium imports from China

    I have no idea what that is, but I have seen it on cymbidiums before, it is not fatal, and it does not seem to spread.
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    Heating pads for summer blooming Phalaenopsis

    I have used the relatively inexpensive, low-wattage (13w) ones from Hydrofarm intended for germinating seeds. Amazon has similar ones (MET brand, from “Seedfactor”) for $8.99 for a 10” x 20” one that fits in a standard nursery tray.
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    Greenhouse improvments / advice

    I highly recommend a double layer of 6 mil UV-stabilized polyethylene sheet on the outside, completely sealed. The inflate the space between them with a small blower from the outside.
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    Heating pads for summer blooming Phalaenopsis

    It's only a disadvantage if you are using the technique for warm-to-hot growers and your growing conditions include insufficient humidity and too low of a temperature. I never had an issue with hot-growing phals in my PA greenhouse, but my NC windowsills are a different matter. The slippers...
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