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Old 01-25-2013, 09:12 PM
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Oh no!

My orchid medium has what looks like very tiny silvery bugs. What is it and how can I get rid of them?!
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:15 PM
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are they so called silver fish??
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:02 PM
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mealy bugs can look silvery. I just picked on off a cactus that spent the summer out on my porch. Caught it early, no damage.
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:32 PM
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They aren't silver fish. They are literally 1mm or less. Very tiny. I tried to photograph them but I could not see them in the picture. I will look up mealy bugs. Thanks for a start!
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:44 PM
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Mealy bugs look silver sometimes? I've always thought of them as cottony white.
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Well I looked up mealy bugs and that is not what they are. The bugs I am talking about are so tiny that of you didn't see them moving you probably wouldn't even see them. Maybe they are more shiny than silver? Can't really tell. I bought this orchid from Meijer about 2 years ago and really knew nothing about them (except that I think they are the most beautiful flower I have ever seen!). Anyway, I re-potted it about a year after using the orchid miracle grow media. Never had a bloom in the 2 years I have had it. Then I saw these bugs today on one of the roots that looks rotted. It does have some great, strong, green roots. The leaves are beautiful and perfectly green. But I know, it is abnormal for it not to bloom in 2 years! I am dumbfounded!
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:12 AM
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I've seen small bugs before in my potting medium. Are they very very tiny? Are their bodies kind of longish...with their front and back ends more pointed? Do they move relatively fast if disturbed? I've found those bugs crawling on decayed pieces of bark but I was never able to figure out what they were.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:29 AM
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Try googling springtails and compare to what you see.
That's what I've found in my medium before. They look like what orchidaddict789 was describing.
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Hi C mckay! Welcome to the forum! Depending on the age and the type of Orchid you have a two year absence of blooms may not be unusal. If according to your post this orchid has never bloomed you may have purchased an immature seedling or a division of a mature plant. If that is the case it can take 1to 4 years for a seedling or division to bloom depending on it's size and age. You also spoke about its lovely color so if you bought it in bloom as a mature plant and it has not rebloomed it may have sulked while it adjusted to its new environment. All things being equal, a mature plant receiving the proper light, humidity, temps, potting medium, watering schedule, and fertilizer should bloom in it's next blooming cycle. To help you identify your chid and provide info about growing conditions, post 3 more times and take a picture of your orchid and submit it. As for the springtails they love a soil based mix that stays moist with lots of decaying plant material like miracle grow's orchid mix. A drench and soak of http://www.orchidgeeks.com/forum/orc...tuff-ever.html should take care of these guys you may have to do this more than once to get rid of them all. Looking forward to seeing your pics.
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Could it be thrips?
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Ok I googled springtails and thought maybe../
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Then I googled thrips and thought ....more likely
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But, the thrips look very damaging to leaves and such that that must not be what these are since they are only on roots and media. (there are my 3 posts I will try to post a picture of my orchid Orchidchick! (atleast I will try)
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Ok, where do I go to post a pic and how do I do it? :-/
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If it is really really small they may be fungus gnat larva. The can be eradicated by mosquito dunks pellets.
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Ok, where do I go to post a pic and how do I do it? :-/
You can post them right on this thread. When you go to reply to the thread scroll down and look for the "Manage Attachments" button. Click on that button and then add each of your pictures.

There are size limitations based on the file type of the image. So scroll down in the popup window to learn what they are before trying to upload them.

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How about fungus gnat larva. Or mealie bug crawlers stage
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Well, whatever they are, drench the plant and media in a solution of 2 Tbsp dish washing liquid to 1 gal. of water and repeat in 7-10 days. That should get rid of most, if not all, of them.
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Thank you Reg22!
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:49 PM
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I can't seem to do it on my phone. I have no access to a computer!
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It's best to use a third party image hosting site to post photos here from a phone. I've never been able to get the orchidgeeks image uploader to work on my android phone.
I use imgur: the simple image sharer, it's free and you don't need an account. You could also use photobucket or imageshack etc.
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Thanks I'll try it
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I am going to paste the URL my images are and hopefully it works. The black pot is my "problem child" The teracotta with bloom is my new addition.

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Old 01-29-2013, 08:19 AM
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I am going to paste the URL my images are and hopefully it works. The black pot is my "problem child" The teracotta with bloom is my new addition.

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It says 'Cmckay76's images are not publicly available.'
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Going to change that now!
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Probably the most home remedy against that silvery bugs or the "mealy bugs" is to swab and daub plants with cotton-tipped swab or ball cotton dipped in isopropyl (alcohol). Do not use such as ethanol and methanol it can damage the plant tissue. There are also tips i'd know from my friend, she tell me about mealy bugs and what she spray for it, and actually you will not believe it first. She boiled a piece of garlic into about 1 liter of water and let it cool and she spray it to her plants. And from the next days those mealy bugs are gone, imagine? Now we know that garlic is great in keeping away from insect pest
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