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Old 11-06-2013, 08:09 PM
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Definitely thrips... possibly other stuff?

So I think they came from my mom's amaryllis bulbs that she bought at the store because they are all over that thing and the blooms have been affected. One of the blooms is just opening and you can see some inside. They're grey or off white. They seem to prefer or come out in wet environments

They've also attacked my orchids and are one at least 1-2 phals (just been watered). My beallara in semi hydro has bugs on the roots that I only just noticed today. I have no idea how I got so many bugs all at once!

Should I treat all of my orchids? I'm considering moving them upstairs to my room, and away from my moms houseplants if possible.

Also can anyone suggest some diy remedies? I don't want to use anything toxic because I have two birds and I don't want them to be hurt if they mess with my plants. I have peppermint and lemon extract on hand along with soap and alcohol, stuff like that.

Here's some pictures in case I'm mis-diagnosing (also a picture of my beallara leaf, idk if it's something to worry about/cut off? The new growths look perfectly healthy) I can try to get more pictures if this isn't helpful




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Old 11-06-2013, 08:27 PM
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There is a recipe on this site called "The best stuff ever"

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I have birds also and have had no problems using Bayer on my orchids that live in the same room.
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:30 PM
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Okay I'll look for that!

I'm worried about the birds because every once in awhile if I'm not paying attention Oliver will take a chunk out of an orchid leaf D: Which doesn't make me happy but I don't want to poison him!
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:32 PM
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Okay, thanks! I'll get some cinnamon extract and try this tomorrow
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:35 PM
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I know normal cinnamon isn't good to put on roots but what about the extract? The roots is where these bugs seem to be hanging out at on my plants
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UMMMM I used it a long time ago, put it in a spray bottle and soaked the plant down. I don't remember there being any harm to the roots. I now stick to the Big Guns lol like Bayer and Physan 20. I think in that post she said she soaked her plants in it so seems to be ok for roots but I would wait until someone who knows more than me chimes in before you use it.
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Old 11-07-2013, 03:27 PM
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Okay, can I soak plants that are in soil? I'm getting really paranoid and if possible I'd like to just treat everything all at once... The amaryllis that I think they came from has them all in the flowers
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Yes, treat everything in that area, you'll fight a never ending battle if you just treat one or two things. I wouldn't soak the plants in soil in cinnamon extract, cinnamon is a desiccant and you don't want to kill off all your houseplant's roots unless you can flush it out well. I would un-pot anything in soil, and repot in some new sterilized soil if you can. Toss the flowers affected, I know that sucks, but they'll be garbage soon anyway with a thrips infestation and anything you spray on them to kill the thrips will also destroy the flowers.

For the future make sure you quarantine any new purchases you plan on putting in your growing area, for at least a few weeks to make sure they're pest free. That way, if you do bring in something with a pest you can just treat the one plant and aren't risking your whole collection.

Good luck, I stopped bothering with these home treatments a long time ago and go with topical or systemic insecticide for any plant sucking pests now a days. Most home remedies only last until the ingredients degrade or get washed off which isn't very long and doesn't cover you for all the life cycle stages of most pests. So you'll have to be vigilant and probably re-treat.
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Thanks! One more question, what about the unopened amaryllis flower bud? Will they already be inside or can i keep that one?
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