Hello From Warren, MI

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amyorchidbud56
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Hello From Warren, MI

Post by amyorchidbud56 » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:33 am

Hi everyone, my name is amyorchidbud56. I live in Warren, MI (Sub of Detroit) and have been growing orchids for almost six years. I still consider myself a beginner when I started killing almost all of my orchids from over watering and under watering. It was hard to tell when the bark was wet or dry! Anyway, I had back in 2013 56 Phals that got spider mites & mealybugs. After I got rid of the mealybugs I got the spider mites. Stupid me couldn't figure out what I had. I had a few members from the Michigan Orchid Society tell me different things of what was going on. Someone told me I had a micro-fungus & so I threw them out!! :o - when actually I had was spider mites! So, I ended keeping 12 of them quarantined & after a month of so the mites were actually dead. I did a spray of half alcohol & water + 1 tsp. of dish soap (sprayed on the top & bottom surface of the leaves for 3 consecutive weeks. And know I even have half in bloom & new leaves !! So. I'm happy I didn't throw all away. Now, I back up to about 30 Phals. And I will diligently check them for insect diseases, etc.!!! I hope to learn a lot of things here in this forum :D

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Re: Hello From Warren, MI

Post by hbozeman » Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:29 pm

Hi, Amy, and welcome to our enabler site. :D

Your story sounds similar to mine, and probably to a lot of fellow hobbyists. You just have to find out what media/light/conditions/etc. you can manage, and go from there.

Looking forward to some pictures.

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Re: Hello From Warren, MI

Post by peterlin » Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:44 pm

Welcome Amy. Feel free to ask any phalaenopsis related questions.

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Re: Hello From Warren, MI

Post by amyorchidbud56 » Wed Mar 11, 2015 4:22 pm

Ok - Thanks!!

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Re: Hello From Warren, MI

Post by doreen » Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:08 am

Hello Amy, welcome to the group.

This is a good forum for everything to do with phals. No matter how long we have been growing orchids, there are problems that crop up and we need help from other growers.

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Re: Hello From Warren, MI

Post by amyorchidbud56 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:41 pm

Thanks, I will!!

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