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Re: scale on orchids...Scottie!!!

Hi, Noreen,

I was there on Friday for set up, and Sunday for take down.  DH  had one
paph in the GOS exhibit -- a Scorcer's Apprentice; it took a blue at the GOS
show in March but nothing at the HOS show at the Reliant.  Not surprising,
there were some beautiful papas exhibited.  That great exhibit with the tree
was put together by a couple from the Galveston group who run Orchids and
Tropicals, and sell online.  They had the vendor's booth against the wall
separating the exhibits from the vendors.

I managed to get away only buying three small pieces of driftwood for
mountings.  There was a beautiful  Paph. rothschildianum that DH wanted, but
it was $150 and we decided against it (duh).  We'd just sort of recovered
from the GOS show, where we'd spent way too much money, but got some great
plants, so we weren't as tempted as we might have been.  It was a treat,
however, to have all the international vendors available.

We've been lucky with scale, and every time it's reared its ugly head caught
it before it got away from the host plant.  Usually arrrives with something
we foolishly purchase at a Home Depot, Lowes or Kroger; just can't resist
those sometimes, although we often regret it.

How far are you from Texas City?  Our society meets the third Monday night
each month; usually the guest speaker brings plants for sale, and there's
always the raffle.  If you'll send me your add off list, I'll send the next
newsletter with details of our next speaker.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <TeichFlora@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, May 29, 2005 2:32 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] scale on orchids...Scottie!!!

> Hi Scottie, was about to reply to Andrea when I saw your message, which is
> way more informative than anything I would have posted.....thanks, I too
> appreciate the info.  I don't have scale on my orchids or bromeliads,
never  have
> (knock on wood), but one never knows what the future  holds....
> Scottie,  I went to the Orchid show/sale at the Reliant  center.  I looked
> everywhere for you.  Saw several people we know, but  I had forgotten your
> name.  Did you go????  I thought it was  great.  I spent WAY too much
> mostly on miniatures to mount.   Took a lot of pictures.  Got to meet some
> really interesting people  too.  Wish we had seen you though.
> Noreen
> zone 9
> Texas Gulf Coast
> In a message dated 5/29/2005 10:19:08 AM Central Standard Time,
> gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
> From: "  Scottie Baugh" <robbinsbaugh@earthlink.net>
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Scale  on orchids
> Andrea,
> There is a complex answer to this in the June  Orchids Magazine (formerly
> Bulletin), and at the end they quote this  website:
> http://nathist.sdstate.edu/orchids/pests/scales.htm which seems to  have
> of the info included in the article.
> In addition to the  info in the above link, the Orchids article states:
> current  arsenal of effective insecticides for the small grower of orchids
> more  limited.  If you are looking for a systemic, about the only  one
> available inexpensively is acephate (=Orthene).  This chemical now  comes
> a wide variety of formulations from commercial wettable powders to
> over-the-counter spray bottles.  If you are using Isotox IV,  this new
> formulation is a mixture of acephate and the miticide  fenbutatin-oxide.
> Alternatives that are effective include Malathion,  carbaryl,
> and the growth regulator kinprene (sold as  EnstarII).  These are highly
> effective on crawlers, but not  adults."
> In our greenhouse, we use alcohol and a q-tip -- time  consuming, but it
> works, or rubbing alcohol mixed with a little Ivory  dishwashing soap and
> water in a spray bottle.  So far we've not needed  anything more potent
> that (knock wood).   I know that some  growers highly recommend EnstarII,
> it is VERY expensive.
> There  is a book, Orchid Pests and Diseases (www.aos.org or 561-404-2020)
> which is  very good.  Most local orchid societies have it in their
> libraries --  if you visited a meeting, you could probably at least see if
> you wanted to  purchase it.
> HTH!
> Scottie
> Texas Gulf  Coast
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