2012 Archived Messages

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1—7 September

From: francis quesada pallares
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] New business website.
Date: Mon, 03 Sep 2012 11:30

Thanks to all for your messages and to Tricia for allowing me a bit of 'free' marketing.

I do not expect it to become my full time job, but it is nice to follow on with something I have often thought about doing. I know that Phallies aren't the first choice (in terms of species) for everyone, but hey, I've got to start with what I know, don't I?





From: Tina Stagg
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Provado
Date: Wed, 05 Sep 2012 17:45

Hello experts,

I thought it might be an idea to use a systemic before going away on holiday. I don’t often use insecticides so some advice would be welcomed. I have some Provado ultimate which I bought at a show but have never used. Is this the best one to use? It’s the one that you mix yourself − I also have a fine sprayer.

My diffidence is based on one experience with the ready mixed, which caused black marks on the leaves.

How do I use it? Is spray best, or watering in? If spray, do I do the undersides of the leaves or is a quick spray overall sufficient?

In the meantime, for those of you who have nagged me for years (you know who you are!), my specimen Encyclia Sunburst has been repotted into an even larger water-lily basket with lovely new bark to grow into.



From: Geoff
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Provado
Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2012 08:25

Provado is regrettably pretty well useless now. Everything you will call a pest is very largely resistant to it.
If you don't have any pests now, my advice is do NOT use a systemic as a prophylactic every time you use anything, you help build up a resistance to it, in to the bugs you do have.

If you must , then look for one called Bug Off in a red box ; I forget what its got in it piramichloride or something but it is still fairly effective on most things.

The best advice , maybe, if going out of Europe, is to buy something which the locals use where you go that way you get a chance to get something which our local bugs have not yet acquired immunity to , or maybe even something quite good which happens to be banned here for the usual silly reasons ( like Physan widely used in USA but mot permitted here because the manufacturers won;t spend a vast amount of money having it tested to satisfy Brussels of something which Washington has long been happy about and so on.)



From: francis quesada pallares
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Provado
Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2012 09:00

Hi Tina,

I guess the black spots on leaves would be caused by exposure to sunlight after spraying the plants.

I normally spray my plants with Provado, and do not usually have problems with black marks, but then, I grow indoors, so sunlight exposure is minimised somehow.

I normallly take the plants to be sprayed to the bath and drench them totally, then leave them in the bath for the night. Next morning, when I get up and have to go to work, put the plants in their usual spot and rinse the bath tub before having my morning shower.

Hope this helps,



From: Alex
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Provado
Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2012 20:10

Francis you have touched on one of the disadvantages of being a house
grower. I love having my orchids around me and there is the added bonus
of scented ones. Trouble is when there is trouble and spraying is
required. I have to lug my plants to the garage,spray, dry off and bring
them back. I do envy greenhouse growers who can spray around all over the
place without a care when bugs are found.
Regards, Alex


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