Dear Doc- November 25


Betty Ashley

Sunday, November 25, 2012

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Dear Doc:

I have a fish pond in my house with lattice sunroof above. I'm wondering if I could hang orchids on the latticework?

HS, St Elizabeth

Dear HS

Only if you'll be using organic methods of spraying for insects. Using chemicals near your fish pond will certainly destroy them. I have seen a few cases where spraying plants near fish ponds have killed the fish.

Dear Doc:

What is it that causes the crack in the leaf of the phalaenopsis?


Dear Janet

Irregular watering causes cracks in the middle of your phals. Try to water them at the same time each day.

Betty Ashley is an avid orchid enthusiast who has spent decades successfully cultivating orchids for herself, as well as for orchid lovers across the island, earning herself the title 'Orchid Doc'. Send your orchid questions and/or concerns to:




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