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Gardening — April 16

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Dear Orchid Doc:

Can I mix two different types of insecticide in the same gallon of water to spray for two different problems with my orchids?

Actually, I was told that it could be done! Having done it, however, my orchids are burnt.

What can I do to rectify the situation?


Aavea

Dear Aavea:

You can use two different insecticides in the same gallon of water; however, one must be careful of the strength. Usually, there is a range, for example: 1 -2 teaspoons per gallon of water. In this case you would use the lesser of the two, the one teaspoon.

The damage could have been the result of spraying the orchids in the very hot sun.

There is an excellent insecticide called Caprid that is a multi-insecticide, you might want to try that one.

Dear Orchid Doc:

In last’s week article you mentioned the use of cinnamon. Can you elaborate, please?

Cathy

Dear Cathy Just as you would keep Band-Aid in your First Aid kit, cinnamon is used whenever there is a wound or fresh cut — the result of cutting off an area infected by fungus. Cinnamon is rubbed into the wound. This is a natural fungicide used by those who practise natural “medicine”.

Dear Orchid Doc: Which of the orchids is called semi-terete? Bwry Dear Bwry: The Sun Vanda that looks more like an escallion leaf. It is a favourite because of its huge blooms. It requires much more sun to bloom than the Mokara, and it invariably costs less too. It is prone to dehydration quicker than the okara and, as it ages, gets very long legs.

Betty Stephenson Ashley Betty’s Farm Garden Supplies 161 Constant Spring Road, Kingston 8, Jamaica. Cell #: 1 876-322-4585, 1 876 870-0191 876-931-8804, 876-755-2204 • Fax: 1 876-931-8805 bettystephensonashley@gmail.com

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