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A gift of 15 infested orchids.

FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
edited September 2018 in Problem solving
I have just been give 15 small moth orchid plants. It was a sweet thought, by someone moving away from London. On close inspection I find there are masses of mealy bugs and scale insects. The root systems are some of the healthiest I've seen, in great shape. The leaves are sticky and chewed and in terrible shape. I keep a few other healthy moth orchid plants in the house and don't want to risk them picking up mealy bugs or scale; and I don't have either, that I know of, in the garden or the house.

As the plants essentially seem very healthy, I don't really want to throw them out. So they have sit in my living room. I look at them, they look at me. I understand that some meths might help the mealy bugs. Am still feeling undecided....  I like a rescue plant, me.


  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489
    Many years ago I applied meths to a cactus which had mealy bug.  It got rid of them.
    SW Scotland
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,145
    My mum always used meths, applied with a paint brush. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,334
    meths and a cotton bud were my weapons of choice.
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
    Ok. Against scale too or should i ditch those?
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 21,267
    Scale insects are waxy and the meths might not work. 
    A toothpick scraped over them reaches into the tiniest cracks.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
    Thanks all.
  • B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 24,102
    On the 15th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me......
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,145
    Meths painted on the scale as well.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
    ... "four bawling Kurds and a load of nasty insects? You call this a sign of affection?"
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
    I have methed and repotted the lot. Fingers crossed. Thanks for your thoughts.
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