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Orchid Cactus: Epis showing winter scale bug.

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acts238
Fort Wayne, IN

March 10, 2012
5:51 PM

Post #9037413

With the weather warming my epis which I've had in a cool room for the winter ingnoring them for the most part have started to show some spring life, but I'm finding that they have developed some scale. Does anyone know how I should clean them up? I know about spraying them with watered down alcohol, Should I repot, trim, any help appreciated, I have about 14 to care for.
Acts
OCCAROL
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 10b)

March 10, 2012
6:59 PM

Post #9037490

Try Bayer 3 in 1 Insect, disease and mite control spray. That's the only thing I've found that works.
acts238
Fort Wayne, IN

March 11, 2012
7:41 AM

Post #9037877

Thanks Carol thats what I will do. By the way I put one of my epis in my husbands garage/work place and hung it above where he works the most under artificial light, I looked the other day and found that it had 3 flower buds, It's called "Desert Haze"
I moved it here in the house in front of a picture window, I'm looking forward to my very first blooms..camera in hand. Now to get those bugs off my other ones. ugh.
Grace
OCCAROL
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 10b)

March 11, 2012
5:58 PM

Post #9038622

All of mine but a couple of the newest cuttings have buds too, but I don't think I'll get any pics this month.
Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 11, 2012
7:25 PM

Post #9038785

I was plagued with scale last winter. I found Spectracide Immunox 3 in 1 effective. The plants did much better this winter with regular spraying. I found a small amount of scale on only 1 plant so far this year, but I hadn't sprayed for a few weeks, in comparison many were affected last year. I have not had any spider mites on the tropical plants either, which was also a problem last year. The difference was I sprayed the plants prior to bringing them in the house in the fall, and tried to spray them regularly this winter. Best of luck with your blooms :-)
ginger749

March 29, 2012
7:19 PM

Post #9062587

acts238,

A picture is worth a thousand words.
I would like to SEE what you are talking about.

acts238
Fort Wayne, IN

April 5, 2012
11:30 AM

Post #9070851

Ginger, I wish I would have taken a picture. I bought the Bayer 3 in 1 and it seemed to work. I didn't know to spray them regularly though out the year. I think when it gets warm enough for them to be outside I will buy some that you can attach to the hose and spray them monthly. I did get a bloom on my "Desert Haze", my very first!!! Exciting

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OCCAROL
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 5, 2012
3:23 PM

Post #9071039

Well, I was wrong. I found a few blooms while watering. German Empress (small), Good as Gold (medium, first bloom from third year cutting), and NOID orange (large). Should be spectacular in about two or three weeks.

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acts238
Fort Wayne, IN

April 5, 2012
7:44 PM

Post #9071317

OCCAROL, Those are beautiful, I have one name "going Bananas" and can't wait to see the bloom, love the yellow colors.
Grace
ginger749

April 5, 2012
11:27 PM

Post #9071500

Carol,
I agree with Grace.
The yellow sure looks a treat. :-)

OCCAROL
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 6, 2012
7:47 AM

Post #9071784

Thank you. I'm pleased with it.

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