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 Post subject: Hello from the UK
PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 1:00 pm 
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Hi All. My name is Paul from the UK and I've just joined. I've been growing orchids on windowsills for many years but migrated to mainly Phalaenopsis species and primary hybrids. Unfortunately my lovely collection was blighted by a vicious mealybug infestation which proved very hard to control and I lost more than a few plants. Trying to build them up again but very nervous about bringing in more mealbugs!. I am particularly fond of Phalaenopsis equestris and plants who have this in it's parentage. I suppose I like the smaller sized flowers so much more but have some larger NOIDs as well. Am excited at the moment as I bought a Bellina last year which lay pretty much dormant but is now pushing out a new leaf and the flower spike it arrived with is ripening so will hopefully have at least one flower this season. It's great to be joining this community of like-minded people.
Best wishes to you all.

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 Post subject: Re: Hello from the UK
PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:03 am 
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Welcome Paul. I too am fond of the smallest phals. I have never had mealybugs on the phals, but spider mites are a constant problem here during the summer. Best of luck rebuilding your collection.


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 Post subject: Re: Hello from the UK
PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:53 am 
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thank you Doreen. I suppose the only good thing about losing some of your collection is the fact that you get to replace plants :)


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 Post subject: Re: Hello from the UK
PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:00 am 
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Welcome Paul.

Mealy bugs are easier to remove than say scales or mites.

Keep your collection small. Always isolate new plants for 2-4 weeks. If you can clean your leaves on both side on regular basis. You should be able to keep pest under control.

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 Post subject: Re: Hello from the UK
PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2016 3:31 pm 
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Hi Paul
Just a note on culture of your bellina: they like it warmer than your equestris, but with similar light
So not too close to any cool drafty windows...
Indoor growers like myself have gotten much better results with a seedling mat underneath set at 75f. Mist their roots but avoid water accumulation in their crowns. You will be rewarded with better growth and more blooms.
Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Hello from the UK
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 7:52 am 
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Hi Mark. This is very useful information- thank you. I will source a seedling mat ASAP. Would the same apply to violacea? I know they like similar conditions to bellina and I have lost two of these in the past. Currently nurturing a Phal venosa x violacea Malysia cross at the moment. Great new leaf since last year but no flower spike.
BW

Paul


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 Post subject: Re: Hello from the UK
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 8:06 am 
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peterlin wrote:
Welcome Paul.

Mealy bugs are easier to remove than say scales or mites.

Keep your collection small. Always isolate new plants for 2-4 weeks. If you can clean your leaves on both side on regular basis. You should be able to keep pest under control.


thanks Peter. Had a huge problem with this-it is difficult to get rid of once it gets hold. It was very disheartening, that despite all sorts of control measures, they kept coming back. Even now, with no visible adults, I am aware of crawlers which I am trying to take out as I see them before they reach the adult state. They seem to be immune to Provado now.
BW

Paul


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 Post subject: Re: Hello from the UK
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 8:11 am 
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Absolutely, violacea too
Remember you will need a thermostat as well as the heating mat


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 Post subject: Re: Hello from the UK
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:02 am 
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Already on to it Mark. Have possible sourced one locally so am going to see it on Friday. Some questions come to mind:
Do you cover the seedling mat with anything?
Should the bellina be in a humidity try which sits on the mat or should the pot simply sit on the mat?
My current bellina cross is in bark. What medium do you recommend?

Given your advice the makes sense to add a few more bellina or violacea to make use of the seedling mat.

Many thanks,

Paul


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 Post subject: Re: Hello from the UK
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 9:28 am 
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If on a wood surface you should be fine just with the mat. If on a metal cage or other open surface put a thin layer of foam

I grow in 1:1 New Zealand sphagnum moss: perlite

Yes you need to add to your collection!

Ever been to Texas? There's a very nice greenhouse full of beautiful warm growing fragrant Phals - ask for Peter, and bring a big suitcase!


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 Post subject: Re: Hello from the UK
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 3:31 pm 
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Many thanks. Will follow your advice and report back!


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