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Orchids: Phalaenopsis orchid, orchid pests and diseases, dorsal surfaces
orchid pests and diseases, dorsal surfaces, central locus: Tom, The American Orchid Society s Handbook of Orchid Pests and Diseases contains no reference to Myrothecium so I have to assume that it is not a significant pathogen in orchids. The orchid businesses I know use preventative spraying-- an infestation...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis orchid, flower spikes, dead roots
flower spikes, dead roots, firm roots: This is not normal and sounds like root rot to me. Unpot the plant and see if you have mushy roots. Mushy roots are dead and is likely the cause of leaf drop. If you have some firm roots there my be a slight chance of saving the plant. Remove the dead...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis orchids, phalaenopsis orchids, orchid company
phalaenopsis orchids, orchid company, heat pack: Hello Jessica, First, I d like to apologize for taking so long to respond to your question. Had some problems with my computer and it took me a while to figure out that I needed to empty the Trash Bin in order to resolve the problem. I could not believe...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis plantlets, orchid seedlings, growing orchids
orchid seedlings, growing orchids, mature plants: Hello Agnieszka, Although I do not buy flasks of orchid seedlings, I ve learned a few of the do s and don ts from friends who do. Here is what they have told me along with a link to a website on how to deflask. Before starting, it would be best to...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis problem, orchid potting mix, firm roots
orchid potting mix, firm roots, plastic pot: IF you have healthy roots and healthy tissue at the base of the point where the leaf was attached to the plant, the plant might generate new growth in the region where the leaf was attached to the plant. No, you can t start another plant from the fallen leaf....

Orchids: Phalaenopsis puchased from local grocery store, clay pots, plastic pots
clay pots, plastic pots, plastic pot: Hello Medrene, Did you mean an east facing window? An east window should be fine for the phals as long as they are not exposed to direct sunlight past 10 AM. How deep is the plastic planter box? If it is more than a couple inches deep with no holes...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis - Snapped Stem, flower spike, bud vase
flower spike, bud vase, water the flowers: Hi Aaron, That is definitely an oops! You might have said something else when it happened. (grin) Once in a while, if the spike is not completely broken off, it is possible to support the spike and tape it and it will continue to produce flowers....

Orchids: Phalaenopsis; What am I doing wrong?, fungus spores, phals
fungus spores, phals, phal: Hello Ashley, From your description of what has been happening with your phals, it sounds like you may be getting water on the leaves. You didn t say when you water them but if it is in the late afternoon or evening, that is the worst time to do it. ...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis, pink blooms, phals
pink blooms, phals, phal: Good questions Laura. If the roots are firm and no rot, this suggests that there is no problem with the mix at this time and you can repot using the same mix. You can even reuse the same pot if the roots will fit comfortably back into that pot. Sometimes...

Orchids: Phalanopsis buds wrinkle and die -continued, bud vase, watchful eye
bud vase, watchful eye, san rafael: Hi again Eileen, Under most circumstances, people will say do not repot while it is in bloom . Most of the time I d agree with them unless the plant is obviously under stress and dying. When I see that, I cut off the bloom spike and place it in a bud...

Orchids: Phalanopsis buds wrinkle and die, indirect sunlight, orchid mix
indirect sunlight, orchid mix, orchid food: Hi Eileen, While I can t be sure, I believe your phalaenopsis orchid plant is suffering from rotten roots. The reason I say this is because you said you water it every week and a leaf has started to wrinkle and weak. Those are classic symptoms of rotten...

Orchids: Phaleanopsis, orchid fertilizer, warm temperatures
orchid fertilizer, warm temperatures, glasss: Hi Tu, Well, put it back on top of the computer! (grin) Orchids are like people, many of them will sulk for a while when they are moved from a place they enjoy to a new location. It can take from 6 months to a year or longer for it to be back to...

Orchids: Phalenopsis gone crazy, nitrogen fertilizer, flower spike
nitrogen fertilizer, flower spike, orchid fertilizer: Thanks for your question Jane. It is a puzzle isn t it? A couple things stand out in what you said or did not say. First, if I recall, 16 degrees C. translates into about 60 degrees F. Some phalaenopsis like a brief chill down to about 13 degrees C. to...

Orchids: Phalenopsis questions, epsom salts, bud vase
epsom salts, bud vase, fungus gnats: Hi again Susanne, If the moss really concerns you, you have two choices: repot now or lift the moss up and try removing a little from around the edges then loosen the moss and put it back into the pot. Probably the safest thing to do would be removing...

Orchids: Phalenopsis spike, flower buds, glimmer of hope
flower buds, glimmer of hope, tiny leaf: Hi Karen, I m sorry to hear about the accident with your phalaenopsis orchid spike. I m afraid that if it broke off completely, it is a goner and will slowly turn brown. But, with that said, there is a glimmer of hope that the lower part of the spike...

Orchids: Phalenopsis stem question, flower spike, indoors plants
flower spike, indoors plants, dead roots: I assume that what you refer to as the stem is really the old flower spike which bore the flowers. Depending upon the type of phalaenopsis, it is natural for that flower spike to die back after flowering and turn brown. At the time of next flowering, the...

Orchids: Phalenopsis trouble, fungus gnats, dead roots
fungus gnats, dead roots, firm roots: Glad you checked that out Jenn and took the steps you did. As a rule of thumb, an annual repotting is recommended, especially after flowering. This should solve your problem on a continuing basis. I would say that a weekly watering is all that should be...

Orchids: Phalenopsis, phalaenopsis orchid plants, coconut husk chips
phalaenopsis orchid plants, coconut husk chips, growing orchids: Hola Antonio, Sorry, that is about the extent of my Spanish. (grin) Wow, you got 12 phalaenopsis plants as gifts! The materials in the clay pots is probably fine for growing orchids in Panama. The mix is somewhat open while being able to keep some...

Orchids: Phals -where to place in the winter, season porch, southwestern ct
season porch, southwestern ct, supplemental lighting: The best location, if you have it, is an east facing window where the plants can get some morning sunlight. The plants should be far enough back from the window to minimize the colder air next to the winter window. Supplemental lighting from a plant light...

Orchids: Phals won't flower, tried many things, flower spikes, temperatures in december
flower spikes, temperatures in december, phalaenopsis orchids: Several thoughts come to mind. First, use bloom booster starting in December for spring blooming plants and use it for only three months before going back to a balanced formula. Second, some hybrids will benfit from night temperatures of 60 - 65 degrees...

Orchids: Photoperiod and orchids, temperate areas, photoperiod
temperate areas, photoperiod, rest period: Hello Todor, The simple answer is yes. The more complicated answer is that it depends upon the type of orchid. Simple because orchids like humans need a rest period that they get during the night darkness from exposure to light and warm (hot?) temperatures....

Orchids: Placement and care of new Phalaenopsis, crystal geyser, morgan hill ca
crystal geyser, morgan hill ca, water additives: Hello Michelle, Thanks for providing the information about where you want to grow it along with the prevailing conditions, that helps a lot in trying to tell you what to do. The bathroom is one of the better places to grow phalaenopsis but I m afraid...

Orchids: Plagued with Guilt Over Botanicide, physan 20, white fungus
physan 20, white fungus, firm roots: Hi Erika, I d go ahead and dump the stump. Hey!, that rhymes! (grin) A little cinnamon powder could help to minimize infection from a cut. I use it once in a while myself but not regularly because when I am repotting orchids it would slow me down....

Orchids: Plantlets on Denbrobium, aerial roots, mother plant
aerial roots, mother plant, keiki: Hi Beverly, Yes, what you heard is correct. But before you remove the plantlet (called a keiki which is baby in Hawaiian), gather your potting supplies (pot, orchid potting media). Removing the keiki is fairly simple and easy, hold the mother plant...

Orchids: Potting Medium, seasonal weather, weather conditions
seasonal weather, weather conditions, orchids: Hello June, Without knowing what kind you have, I cannot tell you if it is possible to grow them outside. If you can write back with the names of your orchids, I ll try to help with suggestions about whether they can be grown outside or not. I also need...

Orchids: Potting medium too moist, spagnum moss, flower spike
spagnum moss, flower spike, orchid pot: Hi again Veronica, What you are experiencing with the moss mix is one reason I do not care for it, it breaks down fairly quickly and starts to hold water over longer and longer periods. If you continue to water weekly you may soon end up with rotten roots...

Orchids: Problems with my orchid, orchid roots, 4 leaves
orchid roots, 4 leaves, phal: Hello Nina, You did not say what kind of orchid you have but if the leaves are sort of oval in shape and are thick and fleshy, it probably is a phalaenopsis orchid. I will answer you assuming that it is a phal. but if the description is not correct, write...

Orchids: palanopsis Orchid division, new roots, luck jim
new roots, luck jim, keiki: Hello Hemali, I hope the top part you removed and potted continues to grow well. But, I want to warn you that with only two roots it may begin to decline a little until it grows additional new roots. By decline, I mean the leaves may become a little...

Orchids: paphiopedilum (black rook), mottled green leaves, sphagnum moss
mottled green leaves, sphagnum moss, sponge rock: Hello Jan, Mottle leafed paphiopedilums do not require direct sunlight but indirect light or placed where there will be no shadow visible when you place a hand 12 inches above. Also, while they should be allowed to become fairly dry between waterings,...

Orchids: paphiopedilum drooping flower, flower bud, winter area
flower bud, winter area, paph: Hello John, The droopy flower bud may just be due to the weight of the bud, just be patient and keep an eye on it to see whether it will continue to develop into a flower. It appears that your paphiopedilum is one of the sequential bloomers, where it...

Orchids: paphiopedilum orchid drooping leaves, orchid roots, many roots
orchid roots, many roots, pot size: Hello Linda, Please call me Jim, Mr. sounds so formal. As any of my friends will tell you, I am one of the least formal persons they know. (grin) That the paphiopedilum doubled the number of leaves is a good sign, no flowers this year is not so good....

Orchids: parasites, orchid pot, orchid media
orchid pot, orchid media, sure what kind: Hello Diana, If there is a worm in your orchid pot that could be an indication that the potting media has broken down and should be replaced with new orchid media. Not sure what kind of worm it is but there are some that feed on the roots and that may...

Orchids: peace orchid, covered porch, night temperatures
covered porch, night temperatures, miltonia: Hello Krista, Phalaenopsis blooms will usually last for several months and longer, that one of the newer ones wilted and fell off so soon might indicate a problem with where or how it is growing. Placed on the kitchen window might be the cause. You...

Orchids: phaelenopsis, phalaenopsis orchids, deepest condolences
phalaenopsis orchids, deepest condolences, leaves fall: Hello Leanne, I m sorry to hear about your father passing away, please accept my deepest condolences. I know how it feels as I lost my father almost 40 years ago and recently a stepfather. I would wait to repot the phalaenopsis until springtime as...

Orchids: phal growth, phals, new leaves
phals, new leaves, potting mix: Hi Win, You already have an idea why the leaves on your phals are not growing well - low humidity. But the answer as to why it is happening can be due to several reasons or factors. One clue you mentioned the new leaves seem small, by this do you...

Orchids: phal orchid new roots?, flower spike, peat moss
flower spike, peat moss, orchid potting mix: Cutting the flower spike back after it has finished flowering is OK. Normally, Phalaenopsis flower once per year. To have healthy roots is good. However, growing the plant in moss can be tricky as moss tends to compact over time, reducing the air supply...

Orchids: phal orchid repotted, orchid mix, water the garden
orchid mix, water the garden, bottom tray: Hi Cat, Thanks for getting back so quickly. Transfering it back to a smaller pot would be a good idea, just keep it in a warm shady place for the next 3 weeks, water it just enough to keep it barely moist - not wet. Phals normally initiate their...

Orchids: phal orchid, indirect sunlight, how to care for orchids
indirect sunlight, how to care for orchids, luck jim: Hello Bonnie, Glad to hear your orchid is doing well but maybe not as well as it should. Stores do not know how to care for orchids but they sure know how to kill them! Store personnel think orchids are just like houseplants, keep them wet. The opposite...

Orchids: phal spike turned brown without flowering, flower spike, root rot
flower spike, root rot, mary grace: Hello Mary Grace, That is highly unusual for a phalaenopsis to not produce buds and flowers even if the roots were all rotten. The plant will sacrifice itself in an attempt to produce flowers in the hope they will be pollinated and then produce seeds....

Orchids: phalaenopisis "roots", aerial roots, orchid plant
aerial roots, orchid plant, root growth: Hello H. E. Barkley, What you have is not unusual with phalaenopsis and some other orchids, roots that seem to grow wildly on top of the pot. These roots are normally referred to as aerial roots. In my experience, when aerial roots begin to form and...

Orchids: phalaenopsis, orchid mix, orchid bark
orchid mix, orchid bark, bottom leaf: Hello Julia, From your description of what has happened to the phalaenopsis orchid, I hate to tell you that things are not going very well with it. While it is not unusual for it to lose the bottom leaf, it is somewhat unusual for four of them to die...

Orchids: phalaenopsis, shady conditions, potting mix
shady conditions, potting mix, beautiful flowers: Hello Doug, There are quite a few reasons (causes) for phalaenopsis leaves to start turning yellow, some are bad and the rest are really bad. Did I scare you? Good. (grin) Now that I ve got your attention, here are some of the more common causes for...

Orchids: phalaenopsis, fir bark, orchid potting mix
fir bark, orchid potting mix, pot size: Good morning Sondra; Congratulations on doing so well with your phalaenopsis over a period of 5 years. You did not mention any repotting that you have done over that period of time. I recommend an annual repotting with fresh orchid potting mix. When the...

Orchids: phalaenopsis, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, plastic pot: HI, it is normal for the flowers to die. Do you know the name of your Phal? Where are you keeping it,like east,south window?? Lighting conditions,how much sun exposure? Also need to know where you live so that will tell me what type of weather you have. Then...

Orchids: phalaenopsis, phalaenopsis orchids, water droplets
phalaenopsis orchids, water droplets, florist shop: Hello Christine, I m not sure if what you have been doing in caring for the orchids in the florist shop is causing the problem but here are some things to think about. You did not say what kind of orchids they are but, for now, that does not matter. ...

Orchids: phalaenopsis beginner, flower in full bloom, potting mix
flower in full bloom, potting mix, phal: Hi Bonnie, Most phalaenopsis flowers will last upwards of 2 months, sometimes longer. So it may just be time for yours to begin dying off due to old age. One thing you might want to change is how often you water it. Phalaenopsis orchids prefer becoming...

Orchids: what to do after a phalaenopsis has bloomed., phalaenopsis, buds
phalaenopsis, buds, spikes: Hi Jamin, To begin, unless a phalaenopsis orchid has more than three healthy mature leaves, I would not attempt to get them to produce a second blooming. But, if they do have three or more good healthy leaves, here is what to do. First, check the...

Orchids: phalaenopsis disease, community pots, phalaenopsis orchids
community pots, phalaenopsis orchids, community pot: Hello Kong Kynet, Are these phalaenopsis orchids very young plantlets, such as recently taken out of a flask by you or by the person you purchased them from? Are they in community pots (10 or more plantlets in a pot) or in individual pots? If they are,...

Orchids: phalaenopsis droopy leathery leaves, paph, yellow leaf
paph, yellow leaf, root rot: Hello Scott, From your description of the problem with the phals, it sounds like there is a root rot problem. While phals love to have moisture around their roots, they do not like to be constantly wet. You say you water them twice a week, that may be...

Orchids: phalaenopsis - flower spike died, stickiness problem, flower spike
stickiness problem, flower spike, mealybugs: Hello Tina, While I cannot be positive, it sounds like your phalaenopsis orchid may have a mealybug problem. The reason I say this is because you mentioned it has a stickiness problem. Mealybugs secretions tend to be sort of sticky. Take a close look...

Orchids: phalaenopsis health, flower spikes, fungus infection
flower spikes, fungus infection, new leaves: Hello Taran, Keep an eye on the phalaenopsis to see what happens. If the fungus infection progresses down to the lower leaves, it may be too late to save it as it has spread into the main growth of the phal. To lessen the stress on the phal, I d...

Orchids: phalaenopsis hybrid orchid, orchid mix, plant leaf
orchid mix, plant leaf, mother plant: This called a keiki. It will develop into a copy of its mother plant. If left, it will develop leaves, roots, and could even flower when old enough. Don t remove it until it has well developed roots. Then, just cut the umbilical cord (you know how that goes)...

Orchids: phalaenopsis - leaves feel veiny and soggy, repotting orchids, orchid potting mix
repotting orchids, orchid potting mix, parallel veins: I would guess that many of the roots down in the potting mix are rotting from a potting mix that needs to be replaced. Obtain a hobby bag of orchid potting mix and then pull the plant out of its pot and clean the old mix from the roots. My guess is that...

Orchids: phalaenopsis no leaves, moist moss, plastic pot
moist moss, plastic pot, ceramic pot: Mushy roots are roots in which the outer covering has collapsed. They are sponge-like in appearance and feel. You would know them if you see them. Dark spots are OK. If the roots are firm, then you are OK on that score and you can just repot as outlined...

Orchids: phalaenopsis orchid, flower buds, orchid roots
flower buds, orchid roots, two flowers: Hi again Eileen! As I mentioned in the other response dealing primarily with the oncidium orchid, fruits may be the culprit for the flower buds dying. Also, as I said earlier, it is best to water when the potting media becomes barely moist then water...

Orchids: phalaenopsis orchid, orchid plant, san jose ca
orchid plant, san jose ca, kawasaki: Hello Stefan, From your description of the phalaenopsis orchid plant, there is no hope of bringing it back to life. Once the leaves fall off and the central stem turns brown, it is dead. Sorry I couldn t give you any encouragement to save it. ...

Orchids: phalaenopsis orchid, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, long spikes: Watering is never a problem unless the potting mix is degraded. You need to repot each plant separately into its own plastic pot. Be sure the pots have plenty of drain holes as orchids need air movement through the roots. Before you start this process...

Orchids: phalaenopsis orchid, orchid roots, wet roots
orchid roots, wet roots, orchid potting mix: Rebecca, sorry for the delay in getting back to you. In my experience, most newly acquired phalaenopsis orchids are in need of repotting in fresh orchid potting mix. Many of the symptoms you have noticed can be attributed to rotting orchid roots. I advise...

Orchids: phalaenopsis orchid, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, phalaenopsis orchids: Hello Rae. As I recall you have phalaenopsis orchids. The stem you refer to is likely the flower spike (ie the stem from which buds and flowers emerge). Your plants are hybrids (ie involving crosses between two or more species). In some species, the old...

Orchids: phalaenopsis - regrowth cycle after pot and trim, paphiopedilum orchids, dendrobium orchids
paphiopedilum orchids, dendrobium orchids, species of orchids: Hi Lori, From the description of what you had done with the phalaenopsis, you did things about right. As for the third phal., you may just have to be patient with it. It may eventually produce a offshoot spike off the old spike but don t be worried if...

Orchids: My phalaenopsis seems to be dying..., fir bark, orchid potting mix
fir bark, orchid potting mix, soil mix: Phalaenopsis Modest Girl is a registered phalaenopsis hybrid, registered in 1994 by the firm Floriculture. You did not describe the condition of the roots at the time you repotted it. They should all be firm with no mushy roots. The presence of the latter,...

Orchids: phalaenopsis sos, orchid fertilizer, indirect sunlight
orchid fertilizer, indirect sunlight, orchid food: Hi again Sue, Oops! Guess I forgot to mention to leave about an inch or two of the brown stem at the bottom when you cut them off. As for the still green one, you have a choice of leaving the short brown part on or cutting it off. If you choose to cut...

Orchids: phalaenopsis stem turning brown, death wish, would like more information
death wish, would like more information, 4 months: Hi Annie, It is not unusual for a stem to continue to turn brown and die back, some just have a death wish. (grin) On the stem that is still green, can you see evidence of a secondary or branch stem starting to grow out of one of the nodes (bump along...

Orchids: phalaenopsis stems have two new plants growing, styrofoam peanuts, flower spike
styrofoam peanuts, flower spike, orchid potting mix: You may remove the baby plants without damaging the mother plant. Find the point where the baby plant joins with the flower spike and simply cut it off-- being careful not to cut the roots or leaves. Use a plastic pot just large enough to plant the baby without...

Orchids: phalaenopsis turning yellow, orchid potting mix, root health
orchid potting mix, root health, root level: It is natural for the spike holding the flowers to dry up after flowering-- you may remove the brown spike if you haven t already done so. Normally, phalaenopsis are in flower for a month or more so you probably received this plant at a point in time when...

Orchids: phalaenopsis, indirect sunlight, phals
indirect sunlight, phals, new roots: Hi Vanessa, Sorry to hear that your phalaenopsis orchid has not rebloomed for you. Although my knowledge of them is limited, I ll try to help with what I know about them. Their basic needs are light, temperature, humidity, food, air and water; I ll go...

Orchids: phalanenopsis orchid, white, orchid fertilizer, wilted flowers
orchid fertilizer, wilted flowers, indirect sunlight: Hello Barbara, Congratulations on getting a phalaenopsis orchid for Mother s day, you must be a special mother to have gotten one. (grin) I am a little surprised that the flowers have begun to wilt and die off so soon, phalaenopsis flowers normally...

Orchids: phalaneopsis, phalaenopsis orchids, belated happy birthday
phalaenopsis orchids, belated happy birthday, greenthumb: Hello Kimberly, A belated Happy Birthday! The flower stem turning brown after the flowers have all fallen off is not unusual but normal for most phalaenopsis orchids. How much is not too much water? Phalaenopsis orchids like the potting mix...

Orchids: phaleanopsis care, flower spike, orchid roots
flower spike, orchid roots, orchid potting mix: Definitely repot it in an orchid potting mix. Make sure you cllean the orchid roots and check for any that are mushy . Remove any mushy roots before repotting. Cutting the old flower spike is optional. It will not damage the plant to remove it. It will...

Orchids: phalenopsis, flower spike, mother plant
flower spike, mother plant, new roots: Jill, you will need to wait until you have new root growth at the base of this leaf. What you have is referred to as a keiki . Given enough time, an entire plant will grow at this point. When you have new roots growing at this point on the old flower spike,...

Orchids: phalenopsis continues to bloom, water reserves, buds
water reserves, buds, blooms: Hello Barbara, I d let it finish this second surge of blooms but as soon as they are gone, cut the spike off down low. Until then, keep doing what you have been doing to keep it growing and storing nutrient and water reserves. Jim Kawasaki ...

Orchids: phalenopsis orchid, flower spike, phosphorous fertilizer
flower spike, phosphorous fertilizer, flowering time: The normal flowering time for most phalaenopsis is between now and next May so there is a very good chance of getting a flower spike on it. Be sure the potting mix is in good condition and start to use a high phosphorous fertilizer (such as 10/30/20 or any...

Orchids: phalenopsis replant question, orchid potting mix, plastic pot
orchid potting mix, plastic pot, three flowers: The wilting of your flowers is likely normal as a phalaenopsis individual flower will last for 2-4 weeks. I recommend repotting your orchid after each blooming season. You will need to locate a bag of orchid potting mix. Most garden centers carry this....

Orchids: phalinopsis, inch pot, phal
inch pot, phal, little trouble: Hello Tina, You ve done a great job in caring for the phalaenopsis orchid you got from your children, keep up the good work. You can transfer it to a basket with little trouble but I would suggest waiting until spring to do it as it will be warmer...

Orchids: phals, orchid pot, trisodium phosphate
orchid pot, trisodium phosphate, orchid plants: Hello Sharon, You did not mention where you live but phals are not outdoor orchids unless you live in a tropical environment. If the leaves are squishy with water, I m afraid your phal is a goner and destined for the trash can. Phal leaves should...

Orchids: phals, flower spikes, watt bulbs
flower spikes, watt bulbs, bed of sand: Sounds like an interesting project. The 4- 40 watt bulbs should be fine. You didn t mention whether you had the phals in pots in the tank. I would recommend that so that when the flower spikes get too tall for the tank, you can remove the pot and enjoy...

Orchids: photo of orchid "buds", buds, blooms
buds, blooms, san jose ca: Hi Carla, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!! I hope they are buds and that they all open for you. Unfortunately I don t have a photo of phalaenopsis buds but will try to describe them to you. To begin, a stem will emerge from near the base of a leaf then...

Orchids: phragmepedium caudateum, indirect sunlight, shady place
indirect sunlight, shady place, dry period: Hello Judy, You didn t mnention where you live but if it is almost winter there, now is not the best time to repot it. It is best to repot when temperatures are warmer and there is evidence of new root growth. But, since you have already repotted...

Orchids: pink root tips, phalaenopsis roots, kinds of orchids
phalaenopsis roots, kinds of orchids, pink root: Hello Casey, I m not sure it is due to over fertilizing, but it might. It also might be the dye from the fertilizer you are using, if it is colored red. While I have never seen this on phalaenopsis roots, I have seen it on some other kinds of orchids....

Orchids: How to plant cymbidiums in the ground?, sandy loam, plastic pot
sandy loam, plastic pot, bark chips: Hi Fran, Well, I don t want to go against those experts you ve talked with but it is possible to grow cymbidiums in the ground. In fact, a long long time ago, back in the 1930 s and 40 s that is how some large commercial growers grew them and they got...

Orchids: planting baby sprouting from stem, flower spike, growth habit
flower spike, growth habit, orchid medium: Cathy, I would make sure that you have some newly emerging roots from the new plant (called a Keiki). Keikis will develop new leaves, roots, and, sometimes, even flower on the mother plant. The larger the Keiki, the better the chances of survival. You may...

Orchids: planting of palaenopsis orchid, coconut husk, coconut chips
coconut husk, coconut chips, plastic pots: I recommend that you use plastic pots for your phalaenopsis. Charcoal and coconut husk shoud be fine providing that you ensure that the salts are thoroughly flushed from the coconut husk before use. A triple soak in rain water over three days should help...

Orchids: poorly orchid, green leaves, purple flowers
green leaves, purple flowers, leaf color: Hi Carole, Don t want to seem like I m evading your question, but if you could tell me a little more about what your orchid looks like, I might be able to tell you what it might be and how to care for it. Are the leaves narrow or wide? What is the...

Orchids: potting medium growth difference, phalaenopsis orchids, peat moss
phalaenopsis orchids, peat moss, styrofoam peanuts: Hi Ramona, Cold shock can set back phalaenopsis orchids which do not like temperatures below 50F even for a short time. As long as it wasn t for more than a few minutes, they should recover. Why the two in the bark mix recovery is so slow with only...

Orchids: pregnant onion, orchid family, hands on science
orchid family, hands on science, onion: Hello Anne, To my knowledge, the pregnant onion is not a part of the orchid family. But, I may be wrong. At any rate, I looked it up on the internet and found this web page: http://www.wemoss.org/education/hands_on_science/pregnant_onion_experiments.pdf...

Orchids: presentation, e mail address, charitable groups
e mail address, charitable groups, vision group: Hi Vicki, Thanks for the speaking invitation but, if I am correct, you are in Henderson, Nevada close to Las Vegas. That is quite a drive from San Jose, Ca. - I know from experience that it is about an 8 to 9 hour drive. If I ever drive to L.V. in the...

Orchids: ps, morning sunlight, human mothers
morning sunlight, human mothers, phal: Hi again Lydia! Oops! Didn t get this until after I d already responded to your first note and sent it off. An east window in Los Angeles would be a great location to grow orchids, especially phals. It is okay to expose it to a couple hours of direct...

Orchids: Questions about my 2 orchids, bright indirect light, flower spike
bright indirect light, flower spike, star shaped flower: Hi Rita, Living in Ventura, Ca., you live in an area where you can grow quite a few different orchids both indoors and outdoors depending upon what type of orchids you want to grow. I m not quite sure what kind of orchid the star shaped flower is...

Orchids: a question about dendrobiums, flower spike, dendrobiums
flower spike, dendrobiums, white flowers: Hello Molly, This is not true in all cases but usually if the flower spike grew out near the top of the growths (canes), it probably is an evergreen dendrobium. If the flowers are along the side of the canes and on short stems, it probably is a deciduous...

Orchids: quite a few sick phalanopsis, greenhouse environment, phalaenopsis orchids
greenhouse environment, phalaenopsis orchids, mini greenhouse: Hi Coral, From the description of what is happening to your phalaenopsis orchids, there may be more than one thing causing the leaf problems. One is the constant 15C as phals enjoy slight temperature variation between day/night. Is it possible to...

Orchids: RE: dendroium prarvit, orchid potting mix, fungus infection
orchid potting mix, fungus infection, copper base: There is no registered hybrid or species by the name of pravit. On many labels, a name is often mispelled, or difficult to read or both. There is a registered Dendrobium Praneet, but can t be sure this is the correct name. One of the main problems encountered...

Orchids: RE: dendroium prarvit, green leaves, bottom leaf
green leaves, bottom leaf, dendrobium: Hi Alex, Yes, it would be much easier with a photo of the problem but there is no way to attach or include one on this site. What you have is one of the evergreen type of dendrobiums so do not allow it to become completely dry between waterings. ...

Orchids: Re-blooming and Leaf Care, phalaenopsis orchids, phosphorous fertilizer
phalaenopsis orchids, phosphorous fertilizer, oncidiums: Annual repotting of your orchids in an orchid bark mix is the best way to ensure that they stay healthy. Always keep a bag or two handy and soak it well before use. Check the roots after unpotting and remove any that are mushy . Only repot when new leaves...

Orchids: Re-planting orchids, orchid fertilizer, indirect sunlight
orchid fertilizer, indirect sunlight, dry soil: Hello Patty, Congratulations upon receiving an orchid plant as a gift from coworkers, they must think you re special to give it to you. Do you know what type of orchid it is? There might be a plastic tag stuck in the pot with the name. Without knowing...

Orchids: Rebloom, five nodes, green leaves
five nodes, green leaves, blooms: Yes to all of your followup questions. A little insecurity when facing a new challenge is perfectly understandable. There is nothing you can do to make the blooms last longer. In fact, even if there was, you would want your plant to follow the natural cycle...

Orchids: Regarding dendrobiums, sponge rock, orchid mix
sponge rock, orchid mix, orchid bark: Hello Heather, Golly, you mean people read what I ve written? (grin) If your dendrobium retains its leaves for well over a year and the bloom stem produced is long, it probably is one of the evergreen variety. As for what to pot it in, you can...

Orchids: Repoting orchid.. saving orchid...., peat moss, orchid potting mix
peat moss, orchid potting mix, dead roots: Hello Meena, It sounds like you were doing very well with your phalaenopsis orchid until you repotted it. As you have discovered, orchids in potting mixes that contain peat moss do not do very well. It does not take very long for roots to rot in such...

Orchids: Repotting orchids, repotting orchids, open blooms
repotting orchids, open blooms, turtle shells: Hi Alexandra, To begin, the best time to repot most orchids is soon after the blooms have all died and fallen off. You can repot now while it is bloom but you might damage some of the blooms while doing it. Many orchids will send out roots above...

Orchids: Repotting orchids, repotting orchids, open blooms
repotting orchids, open blooms, orchid potting mix: I believe that you should repot now. When you wash all of the old mix off from the roots, I think you will find some roots that are mushy, and therefore dead. Most often, the condition you described is the result of root rot. I suspect this because you...

Orchids: Repotting phalaenopsis, basket weave, lukewarm water
basket weave, lukewarm water, nubs: Hi Stacey, That s great to hear a success story like yours! Congratulations!!! It may be possible to move it into a slightly larger basket and filling it with moss as you ve done before. Put the entire old basket along with the roots into the new...

Orchids: Repotting phals out of season, root tips, optimum time
root tips, optimum time, root growth: Hello Skylar, While this may not be the optimum time to repot phals, you can go ahead and repot them into media you re more comfortable with. Before starting, check them for any new spikes emerging and be extra cautious in handling them if they do. While...

Orchids: Repotting my phals, phalaenopsis orchids, growing orchids
phalaenopsis orchids, growing orchids, wooden baskets: Hi Sheryl, Growing orchids within baskets is a whole different ball game. Since all of your phalaenopsis orchids are grown in wooden baskets, there is no need to repot them because there is no potting mix or very little of it left that needs replacement....

Orchids: Repotting, aerial roots, many roots
aerial roots, many roots, potting mix: My rule of thumb is that if the plant is doing well in all regards, then don t fix it if it isn t broken . However, if you feel it is unsightly with the many aerial roots, you may repot it any time into a bigger pot. Phalaenopsis are usually in growth....

Orchids: Rescuing a dying orchid, fungus gnats, ziploc baggie
fungus gnats, ziploc baggie, moist paper towel: Hello Fran, I m not sure it is possible to save your sister s phal, it sounds like it is pretty far gone but here are some suggestions you can try. Those little black flies are probably fungus gnats which are attracted to broken down potting media that...

Orchids: Reviving my Orchids, care of orchids, orchid food
care of orchids, orchid food, ethylene gas: Hi Brittany, I apologize for taking so long to respond to your questions, I took a long weekend vacatain to Santa Barbara, Ca. for an Orchid Fair. To begin, it is difficult but not impossible in most cases to offer advice on the care of orchids without...

Orchids: Rex Orchid - Crimped New Leaves, orchid potting mix, new leaves
orchid potting mix, new leaves, orchids: The orchid you have is undoubtedly Brassia Rex and is a thin leaved orchid. The crimping is not due to a virus but likely reflects your growing conditions. It may be due to keeping the growing mix too dry or your growing mix has deteriorated causing the...

Orchids: Root Rot & Fuzzy black spots, orchid phalaenopsis, turtle shells
orchid phalaenopsis, turtle shells, bud vase: Hello Priscilla, Glad to hear your phal is doing well and that those fuzzy spots have not returned - yet! Keep up the good work and also keep a wary eye open for those fuzzies to return - hopefully they don t. Be careful of watering the new addition...

Orchids: Root Rot, plant hope, full bloom
plant hope, full bloom, warm temperatures: Hi Sree, Since it is in full bloom now, I d suggest waiting to do any thing to it other than allow the potting mix to dry out for a while. If the pot is still very heavy, it may be there is still quite a bit of water in it. Try tilting the pot to see...

Orchids: re: new grower, systemic insecticide, scale insects
systemic insecticide, scale insects, brown material: Hello Beth, While I can t be sure without seeing it, I believe what you may be seeing are scale insects. Scales have a protective coating over them sort of like turtles. You can try using isopropyl alcohol on them but that only works on the ones that...

Orchids: re rooting in water?, luck jim, lady slipper
luck jim, lady slipper, rootless plant: Hello Brown, Chances are iffy with your lady slipper orchid with no roots growing any roots while sitting in water. This is not to say it won t happen, just that it may or may not happen. Why do I say this? Because it does not need roots to search...

Orchids: reblooming phaelenopsis, night time temperature, phalaenopsis orchids
night time temperature, phalaenopsis orchids, sunlight exposure: Hi Neeraj, Unless you suspect there is a problem with any of them, I d wait until late March to repot them. One thing about phalaenopsis orchids, they love being repotted annually. The primary consideration in choosing a potting media is that it be somewhat...

Orchids: reblooming, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, green leaves: At this point, you should encourage the plant to grow leaves. If it is a strong, healthy plant next spring, it should reward you with another flower spike. To help it along, I recommend that you get a samll bag of orchid potting mix, unpot your plant, rinse...

Orchids: regrowth, orchid blooms, many roots
orchid blooms, many roots, ethylene gas: Hello Tamara, You did not mention what type of orchid you have so I cannot tell you if the blooms died too soon or not. Depending upon what type of orchid, blooms may last from a few days to months. Also, if you placed the orchid near some fruits, that...

Orchids: replanting a Miltassia, C. M. Fitch 'Izumi', orchid potting mix, orchid pot
orchid potting mix, orchid pot, new roots: Congratulations on growing your plant so well. I would cut the plant in the middle so you have two plants, each with a growing point from which the new roots are emerging. Allow enough room in each pot for another year s growth. Be careful to minimize damage...

Orchids: replanting orchids, heartfelt condolences, replanting orchids
heartfelt condolences, replanting orchids, flower spray: Hello Leigh, My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your fiance. I wish I could say that you could plant those cut sprays and get them to grow but I can t. Orchids rarely, if ever, will grow another plant from a flower spray and never on a spray...

Orchids: repotting, phals, dendrobiums
phals, dendrobiums, front porch: Hey back to ya Michael, Yes, Tanusha s phals were pretty stressed out with all of the keikis plus flowering spikes. Glad to hear that your orchids are doing better. Keep up the good work! One thing orchids will teach any one growing them is patience....

Orchids: repotting dendrobiums, new roots, root damage
new roots, root damage, growth period: Dendrobiums like to be pot bound (ie as tight in the pot as possible). If you wish to pot you should do so when new roots are just beginning to emerge (ie less than 1 inch) to avoid root damage during repotting. Root damage while repotting might set the...

Orchids: repotting miniature cymbidiums, hot mineral spa, miniature cymbidiums
hot mineral spa, miniature cymbidiums, hardy orchids: Hi Carol, Sorry for taking time to respond to your request, took a long weekend trip up to Calistoga, Ca. since I had no grandkids to watch on Monday. (grin) Had a relaxing time enjoying the hot mineral spa and a massage. I feel great! Cymbidiums...

Orchids: repotting, coconut husk, sponge rock
coconut husk, sponge rock, types of orchids: Hello Jaco, Too bad you don t know what types of orchids you have, different orchids may grow better in differing potting materials. But here are some general instructions on how to repot an orchid plant. To begin, most orchids grown in pots require...

Orchids: reusing bark, gallon pots, cymbidiums
gallon pots, cymbidiums, orchid bark: Hello Rowena, It is possible to sterilize used orchid bark by baking in an oven at 450 for 2 hours. With that said, it would be better to spread the used bark in your garden as a mulch and buy fresh new bark for your cymbidiums. The reason I say...

Orchids: how do i revive my orchid?, slow release fertilizer, fertilizer pellets
slow release fertilizer, fertilizer pellets, types of orchids: I assume that you got the plant in flower. It is difficult to know how long the plant had been in flower before you got it. Cymbidium flowers will last for 2-4 weeks, so if it had been in flower for a week or two before you got it, loss of the flowers after...

Orchids: can I revive my phal, orchid mix, phal
orchid mix, phal, shady location: Hello Jennifer, Oh my! While leaving the gift phalaenopsis in the decorative pot may have looked really nice, as you have found out, it is not good for the phal. The problem is with the fact there is no where for the water to go so the phal roots are...

Orchids: root rot, root rot, favorite one
root rot, favorite one, sheaths: Good for you. Before repotting, you should remove all roots that are mushy. Those that have a threadlike strand only have already lost their outer sheaths and are functionless, but harmless. The firm green roots are the good roots and will be responsible...

Orchids: root rot, flower spikes, flower spike
flower spikes, flower spike, orchid mix: Yes, remove all of the roots that are empty and gray inside . This is root rot and it is good that you discovered it. You should repot the plant in fresh orchid mix. You may need a smaller pot due to the reduction in root mass. The grey insects are scavengers...

Orchids: roots in glass pot, greenhouse web, drainage holes
greenhouse web, drainage holes, orchid potting mix: Actually Lee, the roots on an orchid are photosynthetic and many pots for orchids are specifically designed to let light into the mix and roots. The main problem I envision with putting your plant into a decorative glass pot is the ability of water to drain...

Orchids: roots on mini cattleya are rotten, commercial orchid growers, orchid potting mix
commercial orchid growers, orchid potting mix, nancy nancy: Nancy, it is unlikely that all of this root rot ocurred in three weeks. The potting mix was probably not fresh and some root rot must have already been present when you bought it. I would return it with the receipt. Most reputable outlets will replace a...

Orchids: Save my dying cymbidium before it gets worse!, orchid fertilizer, pot size
orchid fertilizer, pot size, luck jim: Hi Anh, I believe the problem with your cymbidium is that you are watering it too often. Growing it indoors does not expose it to very much air movement which then does not cause the potting media to dry enough between waterings. Also, indoors it probably...

Orchids: Severely damaged Phalanopsis, orchid potting mix, new leaves
orchid potting mix, new leaves, mother plant: Thank you for the clarification. I would smear sulphur powder (or other antifungal agent) on the open wound just as a preventative against fungus infection. As long as the top portion has some roots, you can pot it up separately (and be sure to support it...

Orchids: Shriveling Orchid Leaves, phalaenopsis orchids, keikis
phalaenopsis orchids, keikis, full bloom: Hi Tanusha, That is wonderful that your phal has made so many new babies but in doing this, it is causing the mother plant to be under quite a bit of stress. On top of that, it does not have enough roots to support the mother and all her babies, that...

Orchids: Sick Dendrobium, super saturated solution, first cutter
super saturated solution, first cutter, blow torch: Hello Kristi, From your description of the problem, it sounds like it may have a bacterial infection. Using a sterile cutter, cut off the entire leaf then look at the cut. If there are some dark spots evident, that could mean the infection has progressed...

Orchids: Sick Orchid, indirect sunlight, luck jim
indirect sunlight, luck jim, potting mix: Hello Trina, Your phalaenopsis orchid plant may be suffering from a case of rotten or almost rotten roots. From your description of what you have been doing, it may be that it has not been allowed to become almost dry between waterings and then you ran...

Orchids: Sick orchids!, new roots, full bloom
new roots, full bloom, white flower: The white phalaenopsis may have a soot mold which is harmless-- if unsightly. It suggests you may have stagnant air and humid conditions. Try a small fan and let the plant dry out more between waterings. You can get a fungicide for treating sooty mold....

Orchids: Sick Phalaenopsis, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, phalaenopsis: The stems you refer to are flower spikes which have finished flowering. On some types of phalaenopsis, it is normal for that spike to turn brown and die back. You may cut it off at the base of the plant either now, or wait until it has dried entirely....

Orchids: Sick Phalaenopsis Orchid, phalaenopsis orchids, orchid potting mix
phalaenopsis orchids, orchid potting mix, plastic pots: Marisa, it is likely that the White fluff is a colony of sucking insects called mealy bugs. I recommend a three step approach to treatment. First, use a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol to remove those that are visible. Then you will need to pull...

Orchids: Sick Phalaenopsis Orchid, topmost node, indirect sunlight
topmost node, indirect sunlight, steady decline: Hi Tara, In your NYC apartment, is there a way you can slightly increase the air movement around the phal? Not much, just a little. Say from a slightly open window close by? Water in a plate will help increase the humidity a little, misting every...

Orchids: Sick Phalaenopsis, unopened flower buds, natural aging process
unopened flower buds, natural aging process, water droplets: Hello Jeff, I m not certain what happened to your phalaenopsis stem. On the stem that started to turn brown, are there unopened flower buds on it or is it a stem that had bloomed last year? If it is last year s stem, it may be that the phal. plant has...

Orchids: Size of Pot for Orchids, plastic pot, many roots
plastic pot, many roots, phal: Hello Nita, Congratulations on repotting the phal. It wasn t too difficult was it? From your description of the size, the new pot looks to be okay. The one thing you have to be very mindful of is watering, do NOT water it until the bark becomes...

Orchids: SLC Cattleyas, cattleya orchids, growing orchids
cattleya orchids, growing orchids, hi neighbor: Hi Alex, Actually, both the SC and SLC are considered hybrids between the species. Species normally have only one name or letter preceding the specie name. As for which can withstand cold better, the answer is: it depends! (grin) It depends upon...

Orchids: Small black spots on leaves, indirect sunlight, morning sunlight
indirect sunlight, morning sunlight, oncidiums: Hello Laurel, What a nice husband! Oncidiums are prone to having small pin sized black spots on their leaves, usually on the upper half of the leaf with sporadic spots on the lower half. As long as they are tiny spots, there probably is nothing wrong...

Orchids: SOFT LEAVES AND FALLING OFF MY ORCHIDS, types of orchids, insect infestation
types of orchids, insect infestation, water droplets: Hello Helen, Unfortunately, without a orchid name, it is hard to tell you if what is happening to your orchid is normal or not. But here is some information I hope will be helpful. There are some orchids that are deciduous, losing their leaves in...

Orchids: Sophronitis coccinea seedling, cold temperatures, coccinea
cold temperatures, coccinea, beautiful flowers: Cohen, the answer is yes. Orchids, in general, when seedlings, grow vey slowly which is why they are such a challenge and survival rates are often low unless growing conditions are ideal. I congratulate you on your success thus far and wish you continued...

Orchids: The Spikes on my Orchid have died, flower spikes, growing orchids
flower spikes, growing orchids, orchid potting mix: I assume that you have a phalaenopsis orchid. If not, my answer could be different. These plants bloom annually and it is not uncommon for the bloom to last 2-4 weeks before dying. Sometimes environmental stress (such as a temporary exposure to heat or...

Orchids: Splitting my Cymbidium, full bloom, cymbidium
full bloom, cymbidium, cym: Hello Lynn, Sorry to hear about the accident to your cymbidium. To begin, the best time to repot and split any orchid is soon after the flowers have died off. Since your cym. has been in bloom for about a month, it probably has another month or so...

Orchids: Spot on a leaf, one bud, orchid plant
one bud, orchid plant, phalaenopsis: Hello Julia, If the brown spot is growing larger, it may be a bacterial infection. Bacterial infections can be deadly to your orchid! My recommendation is to remove the affected leaf by cutting it off entirely. Be sure to use a sterile cutter as...

Orchids: STANHOPEA ORCHID, new roots, full bloom
new roots, full bloom, orchid plant: Hello Sue, Separating or dividing a Stanhopea orchid plant isn t too difficult, although after 10 years of growing, yours might be quite a handful to handle. Now is not the best time to do it, wait until you see new root activity, probably late winter...

Orchids: Stanhopea, greenhouse fans, brown areas
greenhouse fans, brown areas, yellowish green: Hello Wendy, Too much sun probably did not cause brown spots on your Stanhopea, it usually causes the leaves to become light green or even yellowish-green. The one thing too much sun exposure can do is cause large brown areas (sunburn) on a leaf or leaves....

Orchids: Starting a new plant, sowing the seeds, community pots
sowing the seeds, community pots, seed pod: Hello Lesia, There are several ways to start a new phalaenopsis, briefly here are the ways. A new plantlet commonly called a keiki (baby in Hawaiian) would grow from the side of the mother phal. Once it has grown large enough and has roots of its...

Orchids: Strange nodes and slimy film on orchid leaves no blooms for 8 mnths., orchid potting mix, scale insect
orchid potting mix, scale insect, rubbing alcohol: From your description, the slimy film is likely from a snail or slug. The bumps may be a scale insect. Using a Q-tip and some rubbing alcohol, see if you can remove one or more. If they come off, that confirms the presence of this insect. If scale, you...

Orchids: Strange Orchid Growth?, leaf edge, leaf color
leaf edge, leaf color, reddish color: Hello Karen, Glad to hear you found my advice helpful, hopefully I ll be of help this time also. 1) Yes, it is okay to water only every 3 weeks or so. The primary concern with watering in winter is watering too often. Let the potting mix tell you...

Orchids: Sunburnt phal?, orchid food, phal
orchid food, phal, phals: Hello Kacy, Oh no! You bought your phal at Costco!!! That s okay, I ve bought a few orchids there myself. Just couldn t resist! (LOL) Whoa! You feed it with a mix of 1/4 food in 3/4 of water? Do you mean 1/4 teaspoon? And do you mean 3/4 cup...

Orchids: how to save orchid from being in a too-wet condition?, phalaenopsis orchids, southern ontario canada
phalaenopsis orchids, southern ontario canada, cotton swab: Hi Jessie Lei, To begin, an occasional overwatering should not cause too much harm to your phalaenopsis orchids but continual overwatering can be fatal. After overwatering them it would be adviseable to allow the potting media to become barely moist (almost...

Orchids: What can I do to save my orchid, plastic tag, potting mix
plastic tag, potting mix, new leaf: Hello Esther, Sorry to hear about your orchid problem. You did not say what type of orchid you have so it would be a guess as to what to tell you. Is there a plastic tag with the name of the orchid in the pot? If there is, send it in another request...

Orchids: save my Phal!!!, orchid potting mix, plastic pot
orchid potting mix, plastic pot, yellow leaves: You can cut the old flower spike off at the base near where it joins the leaves. It will not reflower from this flower spike. The yellow leaves at the base of the plant will be lost but it is good that you still have many green leaves. The usual procedure...

Orchids: How can I save my phals?, phals, phal
phals, phal, bottom leaf: Hello Jennifer, Sorry to hear about your two phals. Hope I can help you with them with some suggestions. First the one with leaves turning yellow. If the yellowing leaf is only the bottom leaf, there may or may not be anything to worry about. Phals....

Orchids: saving my grandmothers orchid., orchid mix, genus and species
orchid mix, genus and species, compact flourescents: Hi John, Sorry to hear it was worse than feared. Just lay it in the bag with the moist soil then close it. Keep it where it will be warm with some bright shade. Hopefully, it will slowly start to grow some new roots on the new pseudobulb growths. Do...

Orchids: scale, dishwasher soap, systemic insecticides
dishwasher soap, systemic insecticides, systemic insecticide: Hello Audrey, Whoa! Scale are terrible little insects! To get rid of them, check with your local garden center or nursery and ask them for a systemic insecticide that is recommended for orchids. Follow the directions for use then spray and soak...

Orchids: semi-healthy phalaenopsis hybrid, moist sphagnum moss, humidity tray
moist sphagnum moss, humidity tray, shady place: Hello Amanda, With all your phal has been through, it is not surprising to hear that the flowers are wilting. I do not believe it is dyiny, only showing the results from all the stress. Were there any live roots left after cutting off the rotten...

Orchids: shriveling phalaenopsis, warm summer weather, flower spike
warm summer weather, flower spike, plastic pots: Hi Bridget, From your description, it sounds as if your plant is fine. Phalaenopsis flowers, on average, last 2-4 weeks on the spike. It sounds like yours lasted at least that long. The stalk , more properly referred to as a flower spike, will begin...

Orchids: A very sick cymbidium, white fungus, commercial nurseries
white fungus, commercial nurseries, snow mold: Hi DM, Golly, gee whiz! You mean people read my comments? (grin) From your description of what you found when you unpotted the sick cym, it sort of sounds like the white fungus you found is what is called snow mold (Ptychogaster species). This...

Orchids: sick cymbidium ?, stargazer lilly, orchid experience
stargazer lilly, orchid experience, best guess: Mindy, it certainly sounds like what is called a standard cymbidium. These large standard cymbidiums were the only kind of cymbidium that was available until a couple of decdaes ago when miniature cymbidiums became popular. It is not unusual to have the leaves...

Orchids: sick orchid??, last flower, luck jim
last flower, luck jim, offshoot: Hello Allyson, It just may be that the spike is not willing to produce a secondary spike off it. Try going further down the spike and look for a growth node, it will look like a bump. Go up about an inch then cut the spike. If all goes well, an...

Orchids: sick orchid, orchid phalaenopsis, night temperatures
orchid phalaenopsis, night temperatures, shady location: Hello John, Sorry to hear about your phalaenopsis orchid s problems. I hope I can help. From your description of its condition, it sounds as though it is in dire straights. To begin, I would suggest moving it to an east facing window if possible. While...

Orchids: sick phal, ziploc baggie, phal
ziploc baggie, phal, paper towel: Hi Lydia, Hi again! (grin) It is not necessary to poke holes in the plastic bag but you can open and close it once a week while the phal is recovering. The paper towel should remain fairly moist for some time in a sealed ziploc baggie but if it does...

Orchids: sick phal, newborn baby girl, flower spike
newborn baby girl, flower spike, deligence: Hi again Michele, Respect for people of authority is great but in my case I am not an authority over anything (my wife can vouch for that - LOL), just a regular person just like you. I hope everything works out for you phal and that it recovers. ...

Orchids: slipper orchids, slipper orchids, orchid mix
slipper orchids, orchid mix, plastic pot: I have had slipper orchids with only one root make a comback with new root growth. I never write off a slipper orchid until it has neither leaves nor roots. One technique that has worked for me is to construct a terrarium out of a 2 liter soda bottle. These...

Orchids: spikes fell off, slug bait, unhatched eggs
slug bait, unhatched eggs, dastardly deed: Hello Claire, Without seeing the orchid plant in question, it is difficult to say what happened and why it did. But from your description of what happened, it sounds like it might have been caused by snails or slugs which love to munch on orchid spikes...

Orchids: spikes vs. roots, atrium area, new roots
atrium area, new roots, new flower: Hello Kim, Congratulations on the new office, even if it doesn t have windows! (grin) That the phalaenopsis has done better in the new growing area is because it is happy and receiving good light exposure. As for being able to determine if the new...

Orchids: spots on orchid bark, phalaenopsis orchids, budapest hungary
phalaenopsis orchids, budapest hungary, ground cinnamon: Thanks for your questions Kurt and for taking the time to review my other responses to questions. I ll try to addresss your concern and raise one or two of my own and then you can send followup questions if needed. It sounds as if your mix has been staying...

Orchids: squirrels are attacking!, yellowish eggs, orchid plants
yellowish eggs, orchid plants, orchid plant: On the chewed upon pseudobulbs, it depends upon how severe the wounds are. The new growing eyes are at the base of the plant. If those are still intact, there is a possibility that when the new growing season starts, these eyes could be the growing points...

Orchids: stem isses? help please..., water droplets, tye dye
water droplets, tye dye, full bloom: Hello Andrea, First, I d like to apologize for taking so long to respond to your questions. Both of your orchids flower stems are dying back now that the flowers have fallen off. You have the choice of leaving them alone or cutting them off. If...

Orchids: The stems are dry and yellow, plus other questions, plastic pot, leaf color
plastic pot, leaf color, mineral deficiency: Hello Francesca, I hope your 4 month trip was great! While phalaenopsis flowers can last for quite some time, they don t last forever. Two months is fairly average with some lasting less and some more. Once the flowers are gone, the stem may begin...

Orchids: strange growth, new roots, strange growth
new roots, strange growth, orchid plant: Hi Fred, Sorry, but the photo did not make it. Unfortunately, this web site does not have the capability to transmit photos. Without the photo, I can only guess what is happening with your orchid. Also, you didn t mention what type of orchid it...

Orchids: ), foot candles, phals
foot candles, phals, light intensity: Thanks for the additional informtion. I have googled Msstec and found a picture of your instrument. The company is located in Hong Kong. I have E-mailed them for information and hope they are responsive. You can either contact me in a few days or send me...

Orchids: Transplanting Cymbidiums, styrofoam peanuts, orchid bark
styrofoam peanuts, orchid bark, monterey county: Hi Dyanne, Pacific Grove is a beautiful city, the wife and I have taken many day trips to the beaches near Asilomar to sit and watch the waves roll in. The drive along the edge of the seashore is really nice, one of the few places I ll slow down! (grin)...

Orchids: Transplanting orchid stems, orchid roots, orchid potting mix
orchid roots, orchid potting mix, mass marketers: The general rule of thumb in dividing an orchid plant is to remove a minimum of three growths with the intact roots to pot up as a new plant. They like to be firmly anchored in their new pot to facilitate growth. Also, be sure to pot the plant in orchid...

Orchids: Trying to Regrow, is it too late??, white flower, species of orchids
white flower, species of orchids, orchid plant: Hi again Michael, Without a name, that is about all I can do is give you some very general guidance on care. Living in London does make it a bit more difficult to grow orchids. In general, orchids need light, temperature, air, water to grow. The...

Orchids: Type of Dendrobium, dendrobium species, lateral sepals
dendrobium species, lateral sepals, name tag: From your description, the dendrobium is, what is referred to, as an antelope type. It is rare to have a species so I would speculate that you have one of many hybrids available ranging in color from maroon to green to yellow. So many of these hybrids...

Orchids: terra cotta pots with mossy aged finish, terra cotta pots, shady location
terra cotta pots, shady location, kawasaki: Hello Marilyn, I don t know how to make moss grow on the outside of terra cotta pots other than how it grows naturally over time when they are kept fairly moist all of the time. If pots are kept moist in a warm shady location, moss will grow slowly on...

Orchids: I think I killed my orchid, bloom size, self hope
bloom size, self hope, orchid plant: Hello Michele, That s great that you got your orchid to produce blooms 3 times on the same stalk but I think it is telling you it wants to rest a while. My suggestion is to cut the stalk off as low as you can without damaging the orchid. Did you...

Orchids: i thnk it's dying, lakewood ca, natural progress
lakewood ca, natural progress, watering system: Hi Laura, Please call me Jim. Thanks. Yes, it can be frightening at first, especially with an orchid received from a loved one. Orchids are pretty hardy plants but they do need a few things in order to grow and bloom well. So you live in Lakewood,...

Orchids: Are thrips the cause?, cymbidiums, thrips
cymbidiums, thrips, culprits: Hello Larry, From your description it does sound like thrips could be the culprits. While you may not have noticed it but they also can cause damage to the leaves, mainly on the underside. To control them, go to your local garden center and ask for an...

Orchids: Unhappy Phal--yellowish leaf, not flowering, many roots, dry spells
many roots, dry spells, pot size: Hi Lori, Sorry to hear about your phalaenopsis orchid problem. From your description of what happened, it sounds like it was not in the best of health when you repotted it last year and it has continued to go down hill since. To begin, it may not...

Orchids: Unknown type of Dendrobium, guinea species, phalaenopsis orchids
guinea species, phalaenopsis orchids, miniature plants: I think I know the type of denrobium you are referring to. They are mass marketed in many places including some grocery stores. I have never seen a name on any of them. Flowers vary in color from white to lavender and many shades in between. Dendrobium...

Orchids: unhappy paphio.., fir bark, bark type
fir bark, bark type, plastic pot: The new growths are small due to a loss of root mass. Pull it out of its pot and remove any mushy roots. You need to repot it in the smallest plastic pot you can find into which it will fit. Use a fine fir bark type of mix. It will not re-flower until...

Orchids: Vanda black roots, vanda orchids, black roots
vanda orchids, black roots, strength hope: Hi Terri, Your first inclination might be right on the cause of black tips, especially since you noted that the root tips are turning black also. Depending upon what kind of fertilizer you are using, it could be more than what the Vanda needs to grow...

Orchids: Vanda Grow Lights, high pressure sodium light, high pressure sodium
high pressure sodium light, high pressure sodium, high intensity lights: Ascocendas don t require as much light as some assume. I find they do much better ouitside when the temperatures don t drop below 50 degrees F. More impoortant than light is humidity and air movement. They like to be watered daily early in the day. The air...

Orchids: Vanda-Healthy roots?, vandas, sw florida
vandas, sw florida, root growth: If you grow them outside they may have gotten too cool during some nights. On the other hand, vandas do have a rest period and, during that part of their cycle, the roots go into dormancy. If there is no root fungus, they should start to regrow as the humidiy...

Orchids: Vanda orchid, night temperatures, warm temperatures
night temperatures, warm temperatures, growing indoors: Hello Anthe, I do not grow vandas because they do not do well where I live, requiring a greenhouse in order to grow well. With that said, here are some things you might think about and check. You didn t mention where you live, but if your weather...

Orchids: Vanda question, flower spike, sudden temperature changes
flower spike, sudden temperature changes, humidity levels: Hi Ana Maria, Yes, living in Miami with your humidity levels it can be a problem. Miami is one of the better locations in the country to grow just about any vanda but it is best to have them outdoors in mildly filtered sunlight. Outdoors they also will...

Orchids: vanda, orchid nurseries, google search
orchid nurseries, google search, sanderiana: Hello Camille, Checked the catalog of the largest Vanda orchid nurseries and they do not list one for sale. Did a Google search and came up with this: http://cgi.ebay.com/RARE-LARGE-DIVISION-Vanda-sanderiana-var-alba-Orchid_W0QQitemZ130052428488QQcmdZViewItem...

Orchids: vanda's, vanda, comming
vanda, comming, bulbs: Humidity is down in the winter so I would shut off the fan as this tends to dry the plants unduly. Increase both the amount of light (4-40 watt florescent bulbs) and increaase the duration to 13 hours. No need to fertilize in the winter as the plants are...

Orchids: vanda yellowing leaf, robert fuchs, mature plants
robert fuchs, mature plants, vandas: You may send me a photo if you wish. I grow only a few vandas. If you haven t seen Martin Mote s book titled Vandas , Appendix A of his book lists several possible causes of leaves turning pale yellow. Martin has been growing vandaceous orchids for over...

Orchids: vanda, robert fuchs, south west florida
robert fuchs, south west florida, fungus disease: There is a possibility that your vanda has a fungus disease. Your growing conditions seem okay, but you might consider increasing the amount of light. Water only in the morning to give the plant time to dry out before nightfall. They like a fair amount of...

Orchids: vandas, pale stripes, color blends
pale stripes, color blends, new leaves: First, let me congratulate you on a job well done. You are not causing the leaves to bend. The leaves may have bent due to the stress of wind in combination with the weight of the leaves being as long and thin as they are. While there is not much you can...

Orchids: vanilla repot, slow release fertilizer, homeland ca
slow release fertilizer, homeland ca, zoomy: Michael; Don t look for your vanilla orchid to bloom anytime soon. Greenhouse grown vanilla grow to nearly fill the greenhouse before blooming. When grown outdoors, they are climbers and love the bright sun and heat. Congratulations on your success thus...

Orchids: vanilla, flower pollination, orchid pollination
flower pollination, orchid pollination, rostellum: The following technique was in use years ago when the vanilla orchid was the only source of vanilla extract. At that time, vanilla orchid pollination was done by hand with great efficiency. The discription of the process is as follows: push the lip down...

Orchids: White bugs in pot of orchid, room temperature water, orchid potting mix
room temperature water, orchid potting mix, marks and spencer: Your orchid plant needs repotting. Find a garden center that carries orchid potting mix. Soak the new mix for a couple of hours before using it. When you are ready to use it, unpot your plant and discard the old potting mix. Remove any mushy roots which...

Orchids: White Dendrobium Anosmum, dendrobium anosmum, carmela orchids
dendrobium anosmum, carmela orchids, orchid nurseries: Hi again Bill, Bet you didn t expect to hear from me again. I did some checking around and located a Hawaiian nursery that lists Dendrobium anosmum in their catalog. It is Carmela Orchids, (808) 963-6125. I m not sure what size plant they have, hopefully...

Orchids: White dots on leaves, systemic insecticides, systemic insecticide
systemic insecticides, systemic insecticide, luck jim: G day Tina from down under, While I cannot be certain, those white spots might be what are known as boisduval scale. The reason your orchid is slowly dying is because those scale are sucking the life out of it. Warning: boisduval scale are one of the...

Orchids: White Moth Orchid, white moth, epsom salt
white moth, epsom salt, flower buds: Hello Mychaelle, That was nice of your bosses to give you the phalaenopsis orchid plant, they must appreciate all that you do for them. The good news is that it is still alive and growing after 6 months. Also, that the flower stem is still green...

Orchids: White Moth Orchid dying, fungus spores, white moth
fungus spores, white moth, peat moss: Hi Christina, Yes, things can go bad fairly quickly when there is a fungus infection. Your bonsai and money tree sound like they might be under stress. The problem is trying to figure out what is causing the stress. Stres can be caused by many...

Orchids: White Phalaenopsis care/instructions, phalaenopsis care, semi desert
phalaenopsis care, semi desert, retirement party: Hi Ben, That phalaenopsis orchid has been through the wars! (sorry, couldn t resist the pun after you went to the Major General s retirement party) I would suggest continuing doing what you have been doing for now and wait to see what happens. If...

Orchids: White Spots on Petals, mealy bugs, rubbing alcohol
mealy bugs, rubbing alcohol, q tip: My guess is that what you have is an infestation of mealy bugs. These are cottony sucking insects that can sap the life out of your plant if that is the cause of the white spots. Most insecticides will work to rid them as will a q-tip soaked in rubbing...

Orchids: Wilted Flowers, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, orchid potting mix: It is natural for the flower spikes to die back after blooming. The temperature may have shortened the life of your flowers which normally last 2-4 weeks but that apparently has not affected your plant (I assume your leaves are still OK). When the plant...

Orchids: Wilted phaelanopsis blooms, orchid nurseries, showy blooms
orchid nurseries, showy blooms, orchid show: Hello Lee, It is difficult to say what may be causing the flowers on one phalaenopsis to wilt while another does not. Since they are so close to each other, they both should perform about the same. The key to the solution of why might be within the...

Orchids: Wilting and dying orchid buds, flower buds, sudden temperature changes
flower buds, sudden temperature changes, orchid plant: Hello Danielle, You did not mention what kind of orchid plant you bought but for the buds to wrinkle without opening does indicate a problem, exactly what it is I m not sure. You did say that it gets no direct sunlight and the temperature is between 15-20...

Orchids: Wilting flowers one by one, blossoming flowers, two flowers
blossoming flowers, two flowers, ethylene gas: Hi Jenny, What you have done should help it along. Some other things I would recommend: 1. Get a one inch deep plastic tray, fill it with small pebbles and keep it filled it with water, then place the pot on top to create a little humidity around...

Orchids: Wilting flowers, orchid potting mix, miltoniopsis
orchid potting mix, miltoniopsis, orchid growers: Thank you for the beautiful picture of a Pansy Orchid (Miltoniopsis). These hybrids come from species native to the high elevations of Colombia. They want temperatures of 15-25C and nighttime humidities of 60 - 80 percent. When in new growth, they need frequent...

Orchids: Wilting Leaves, bud vase, orchid flowers
bud vase, orchid flowers, 4 leaves: Hello Jessica, Well, you have some choices to make: allow the spikes to flower or cut them off. Allowing the spikes to flower does take quite a bit of the phalaenopsis energies and with the leaves already stressed from being put on the radiator,...

Orchids: Wilting/Mushy Orchid leaves, orchid potting mix, meristematic tissue
orchid potting mix, meristematic tissue, new leaves: Sydney, I m sorry to say that it is likely that your feeling that the phalaenopsis got too cold is correct. Phalaenopsis don t like the cold and it is possible that the cracked window created a very cold miniclimate near the plant. The leaves have the appearance...

Orchids: how should i water a orchid and how often, fungus infection, potting mix
fungus infection, potting mix, lukewarm water: Hello Annette, It would be nice to know what type of orchid you have but I suspect it might be a phalaenopsis orchid. With that suspicion, here are my recommendations. You did not mention where you live so watering it every week might be just right...

Orchids: How should I water my orchid?, pink flowers, potting mix
pink flowers, potting mix, phal: Hello Buka, If your orchid is a phalaenopsis, here is how to care for it. You ve already found a good place to grow it. Phalaenopsis love to have moisture around their roots but not constant wetness. Water it when the potting mix becomes barely...

Orchids: watering orchids, orchid potting mix, watering orchids
orchid potting mix, watering orchids, tsp: The key to watering is to have fresh orchid potting mix. With a fresh orchid poting mix you can water once or twice per week without any problem. If the plant has not been repotted in the past year, you need to be very careful on the watering as the old...

Orchids: white bugs in orchid bark, fungus gnats, granular insecticide
fungus gnats, granular insecticide, orchid pot: Without a description I would be taking a shot in the dark, but here goes. Assuming it is not a mealy bug which usually is sucking on the plant, I assume they are fungus gnats which are, as you suggested, harmless to the plant and lay their eggs and carry...

Orchids: white mold in cymbidium mediumo, new roots, growing plants
new roots, growing plants, luck jim: Hello Kathy, Are you sure it is a white mold? There is a fungus, the name escapes me, that can grow in the potting medium and cause a slow death. This fungus looks sort of spidery and as it grows will intertwine around the roots, eventually taking over...

Orchids: white mold growing on orchid medium, mold spores, leaf shape
mold spores, leaf shape, mature leaf: Hi Stephanie, That helps! Thanks. Also that they were potted in sphagnum moss. I would suggest you take them out of the new sphagnum moss when you have some time and other potting material. Why? Sphagnum moss is good for 6 to 9 months then should...

Orchids: white mold? on leaves, mealy bugs, nasty bugs
mealy bugs, nasty bugs, isopropyl alcohol: Hi Eric, First, I d like to apologize for taking so long to get back to you about your question. What you have on your orchid may not be a white mold at all but mealy bugs. If you have some isopropyl alcohol and Q-tips, try dipping a Q-tip in the...

Orchids: white mold on orchid leaves, orchid potting mix, systemic insecticide
orchid potting mix, systemic insecticide, flower buds: Ann, the white mold is a type of insect called a mealy bug.The mealy bug is a sucking insect, multiplies rapidly, and moves about the plant. I recommend that you remove the plant from its pot and discard the old potting mix and pot. Before doing this, be...

Orchids: They wilt and die, phalaenopsis orchid plants, fungus growth
phalaenopsis orchid plants, fungus growth, potting mix: Hello Edith, It sounds like you have quite a problem on your hands, I ll make some suggestions on what you can do and how to remedy any problems. You ve attempted quite a few things already, so I ll go from there. From your description of what is...

Orchids: wilted, wrinkled leaves on phalenopsis, orchid potting mix, phalenopsis
orchid potting mix, phalenopsis, root rot: The usual reason for the condition you have described is root rot. I would unpot any orchid with the wilting conditions and check the roots. If any are mushy they are rotted and need to be removed. (Perhaps, before unpotting you need to obtain a bag of...

Orchids: wrinkled leaves on a phalenopis, flower spikes, phalenopsis
flower spikes, phalenopsis, third time: Hi again Jessica, Leaves growing out in different directions might be caused by the plant being moved around and the light exposure being different. Hey, that s great it is putting out a couple of new flower spikes! Yeah!!! As for the pinched looking...

Orchids: what do i do??, beautiful flower, hello jim
beautiful flower, hello jim, ethylene gas: Hi Alexis, You re welcome! Just glad I could help. Thanks for the kind words! Maybe I ll show them to my wife so she will know what a nige guy I am!! (LOL) Actually, after 37 years of marriage, I think she already knows that. (grin) Jim...

Orchids: Not sure what is going on., bright morning sun, work endeavors
bright morning sun, work endeavors, orchid fertilizer: Hello Trevor, If it is indeed a dendrobium orchid you rescued from WalMart, here are some things you can do to resuscitate it. Also, because you said it has stalks (canes) with and without leaves, I am assuming that it is of the evergreen variety of dendrobiums....

Orchids: What do I have, types of orchids, orchid plants
types of orchids, orchid plants, orchid plant: First, we need to establish that it is an orchid. You might take it to a garden center and see if they know what it is. Second, there are many types of orchids even if that is what you have. Orchid plants may be divided but are not propogated by cuttings...

Orchids: Yellow Lumps on Stem, flowers and leaves, ceramic pot
flowers and leaves, ceramic pot, phal: Hello Grace, The flowers wilting might be normal as phalaenopsis flowers normally last from 8 to 12 weeks. As for the yellow/orange lumps on the stems, I m not quite sure what it is at this time. My suggestion would be to remove the stems by cutting...

Orchids: Yellow Stems, orchid fertilizer, leaf growth
orchid fertilizer, leaf growth, new leaf: Hello Twanya, Congratulations upon getting an orchid for your anniversary, hope you have many more anniversaries and maybe orchids too. You did not say what kind of orchid it is but I believe it may be a phalaenopsis orchid. You probably have...

Orchids: Yellowing leaves on dendrobiums, dendrobium orchids, orchid hobby
dendrobium orchids, orchid hobby, dendrobiums: Hello Betty, Congratulations on your new orchid hobby and being given so many orchids. It sounds like your family really loves giving them to you because they know how much you re enjoying your new hobby. Too bad you took all the labels off the pots,...

Orchids: Yellowing leaves! Please help!, fungus spores, fungus infection
fungus spores, fungus infection, orchid pots: Hi Linda, Sorry to hear that it is fungus. On the remaining phal with two leaves, you can try wiping the fungus off with some isopropyl alcohol and Q-tips to see if you can get all or most of the fungus off. After it is dried off, sprinkle a little powdered...

Orchids: Yellowing leaves, types of orchids, many other types
types of orchids, many other types, facing window: Sorry about the overheating. Unlike with many other types of orchids, your loss of leaves should not cause your orchid to die. Go easy on the new growth. Usually, we measure a plant s growing success when each new growth is as large or larger than the previous...

Orchids: Yellowing Orchid Leaves, cocoa mulch, orchid fertilizer
cocoa mulch, orchid fertilizer, cattleya orchids: Hello Derrick, Glad you eliminated Phalaenopsis from the possible list of orchids, that only leaves 30,000 other possibilities. (grin) Actually, there really are over 30,000 different species of orchids, but most are not available at retail stores but...

Orchids: Yellowing Orchid Leaves, cocoa mulch, coconut fibre
cocoa mulch, coconut fibre, orchid fertilizer: I would repot the plant tightly in a clay pot in standard orchid mix when it gets new root growth or vegetative growth. Put it in the smallest pot you can get it into and stake the growth so it is well anchored. se standard orchid potting mix. Coconut fibre...

Orchids: yellow dendrobium leaves, dendrobium, potting mix
dendrobium, potting mix, fertilizer: Hello Kathy, You ve had the dendrobium for 1.5 years and the leaves on the older cane are just now falling off? It may or may not be an evergreen type dendrobium but then it might be. If the flowers were on a stem the grew from near the top of the cane,...

Orchids: yellow leaves/drying roots, lace curtain, orchid pot
lace curtain, orchid pot, yellow leaves: Hi again Kathy, Mushy spot on a leaf near the stem? That may or may not be something to be concerned about. My fear is that it may be caused by a bacteria infection and if it is, this can be fatal. If you want to be careful, I would suggest removing...

Orchids: yellow leaves on Phal, orchid fertilizer, yellow leaves
orchid fertilizer, yellow leaves, new roots: Wait until its done blooming and repot completely. A good potting mix contains fir bark plus material that doesn t deteriorate with time to help maintain air space (such as charcoal, lava rock or clay pellets) and a material which helps retain moisture without...

Orchids: yellow mold in soil, orchid leaves dying, pot size, potting mix
pot size, potting mix, shallow areas: Hi Kate, From your description of what is happening with your orchid, it sounds like you may not have removed the old potting mix from the roots when you transplanted them into the new pot with new mix. If at all possible, it is a good idea to remove...

Orchids: yellowing phal leaves and problem roots, spagnum moss, orchid mix
spagnum moss, orchid mix, container hope: Hello LAL, A bottom leaf yellowing and dying is not unusual, it is a natural process but other leaves dying in a short time is not normal. What is the condition of the remaining leaves? Are the becoming limp and even wrinkled looking? If they are, that...

Orchids: yellowing stephanotis, vining plants, spider mites
vining plants, spider mites, stephanotis: Hello Denet, I m afraid Stephanotis is not an orchid but is in the Jasmine family of plants. With that said, I looked up staphanotis in one of my garden books and here is what they had to say about it. Stephanotis are vining plants that can grow...

Orchids: zygopetalum orchid, three flowers, indirect light
three flowers, indirect light, santa cruz ca: Hi Sarah, Yes, zygopetalum orchids are very fragrant and can fill several rooms with it. The fragrance becomes more intense as the temperature rises above 60. If the yellowing of the flower stems is only on the lower part of the stem, it may only...

Oregon: gold mining, gold mining, Sumpter OR
gold mining, Sumpter OR, Baker City OR: You ve asked a tough question and I must admit gold mining in Oregon has never occurred to me. As I recall, Sumpter - which is west of Baker City across the Elkhorn Range - is a former gold mining town, and I believe that Granite - west of Sumpter and now...

Oregon: Cannon Becah, haystack rock, oswald west
haystack rock, oswald west, tide pools: B - Yes, Cannon Beach is a major beach. It s also the name of the town right next to the beach. The beach is considered very scenic by Oregonians.....it s loved by them (I mean us), too. There is a very high rock rock outcropping - actually a volcanic plug...

Oregon: calm water kayaking and hiking, Oregon, kayaking
Oregon, kayaking, calm water: Rivers I can t answer...sorry. As for lakes, near Hood River, up in the mountains, I suggest Lost Lake....it s a beautiful area. It s probably a 45-60 minute drive, all on paved roads (I m pretty sure they re all paved). Nearer to or in the Willamette Valley:...

Oregon: family living on the Oregon coast, cannon beach, gloomy days
cannon beach, gloomy days, oriented activities: This is a difficult question for me to answer. In general, I think attention on family activities has grown, at least in the Pacific NW. But I cannot be more specific than that....sorry. I think Seaside and Cannon Beach have turned much too touristy. I...

Oregon: Ghost Towns, ghost towns in oregon, spring granite
ghost towns in oregon, spring granite, ghost town: Hi Jordan, Do I know you? I know several Jordans, that s why I ask. You ve hit on a topic I know little about, but I ll tell you what I do know: Shaniko - Kind of touristy, but in a place where I don t think a lot of tourists go, especially Fall...

Oregon: weather/ small business, north ranges, good weather
north ranges, good weather, coastal range: Hello - There is no coastal community that is not quite rainy, not even inland from the coast. Temps of 68-80 are also not common along the coast. If you head east of the Coastal Range, you ll find good communities for your business, but not with year-round...

Oregon: southwest oregon, pacific crest trail, national forest office
pacific crest trail, national forest office, cairn basin: Hi Wendi, In Mt. Hood, Bend, Crater Lake, and the coast, you chosen the best in Oregon. If you are in reasonable shape and would like to see stunning wildflower meadows on Mt. Hood, hike the Vista Trail up to Elk Cove or hike to Cairn Basin or McNeil Shelter...

Oregon: scenic locations, vow renewal ceremony, haystack rock
vow renewal ceremony, haystack rock, cannon beach: The Rose Garden and Vista House are both great spots. If there are only five of you, I can t see that there would be a problem. However, as soon as I read your question, I thought of this spot: Women s Forum Park (or something like that). If you are driving...

Oregon: acupuncture clinics, niigata japan, local telephone company
niigata japan, local telephone company, acupuncture clinics: Hello Kendall. I want to help - I also am very careful in answering any question even remotely medical in nature...I m sure you understand there can be some tricky legal issues with this type of question. The local telephone company has the yellow pages...

Oregon: airports, western oregon area, portland international airport
western oregon area, portland international airport, rentalcars: Martha, You re best bet on getting to Newport,(and cheapest),is coming in through Portland International Airport and getting a car there.Eugene has commercial air service,but anywhere else in Western Oregon area is iffy.Albany might have small commuter air...

Oregon: Bay View, Oregon, northern oregon coast, oregon geography
northern oregon coast, oregon geography, tillamook county: It isn t on my current map of Oregon. I also checked some of the books my grandmother (born in Oregon in 1897) left to me, and didn t find it listed there. But I called my father, who knows a lot about Oregon geography. He said he thinks that there was...

Oregon: Bend, OR, google search, weather tables
google search, weather tables, desert climate: Mark, Altho Bend isn t the sweet sleepy little town it once was, it s still a nice place. Growth in the last 5 years has been terrific though, consider Redmond if small is better. Easiest way to check on stats is to do a Google search. The air is generally...

Oregon: bargin lodging around Eugene, red lion, golf championship
red lion, golf championship, kitchen facilities: Hello Peg. I did some checking and it seems that almost all the hotels are already booked for that time period. Even if they were not, it would be hard to find a better deal - especially when there is a need for a kitchen. I even looked for a hostel...

Oregon: Cities with best weather on the Oregon Coast, town of otis, golf retreats
town of otis, golf retreats, city crowds: Dear Doug, One must never hope for pleasant weather on the coast. We live for the storms,sunny weather being a rare treat. I would concentrate on Manzanita and due south to Neskowin if I could live anywhere down at the beach. The Manzanita/Nehalem area...

Oregon: Culteral diversity in Oregon, inner city areas, college areas
inner city areas, college areas, melting pot: Lynn, A potentially loaded question here. If you are looking for a delightful melting pot of cultures, colors,languages, and history, then by all means Portland is a great city. If, however, you are loking for a white nirvana, move to Idaho. I prefer...

Oregon: canoeing, forest service offices, cascade lakes
forest service offices, cascade lakes, scenic byway: Hi Jerry. Sorry this is a few days in coming,just returned from N.C. on business. My best pick for a wonderful group of lakes is Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway just south of Bend.Really beautiful land w/numerous size lakes,Deshutes river,(which can be canoed...

Oregon: DOERNBECHER MANUFACTURING COMPANY, banfield freeway, self storage unit
banfield freeway, self storage unit, salem public library: I asked my father, and he said that of course he d heard of it--it had been in business for many years. As you travel west on the Banfield Freeway in NE Portland, at about 33rd Avenue, you ll see a large building that is now a self-storage unit. That is...

Oregon: the dalles, lumber industry, fish hunt
lumber industry, fish hunt, national forests: Hi George from Alaska!, (Gee and I ve always wanted to live up there!) The Dalles is a cool little town.Economically depressed from lumber industry but still viable from fruit growers and windsurfers on the mighty Columbia....lots of old funky houses,georgeous...

Oregon: Five Versus Four and Three and Five + Four, latitude and longitude coordinates, latitudes and longitudes
latitude and longitude coordinates, latitudes and longitudes, latitude and longitude: The US Post Office has FAQs about zip codes at http://www.usps.com/zip4/zipfaq.htm. If you read all of them, you will know way more about zip codes than most Americans. I, too, am confused about the three and four-digit codes you ve found in your database,...

Oregon: Florence/Devil's Elbow drive, elbow drive, northern stretch
elbow drive, northern stretch, happy travels: Hello, Sorry this response so late,my computer has been actually unplugged!!! The whole length of 101 hugs the coast,however the northern stretch is not quite as nerve wracking as the southern.The drive from Newport to Astoria is fine,some high points but...

Oregon: Bay View, Oregon, route signs, ocean currents
Oregon: Bay View, Oregon, route signs, ocean currents, oregon geographic names

Oregon: Cities with best weather on the Oregon Coast, mild weather, warm weather
Oregon: Cities with best weather on the Oregon Coast, mild weather, warm weather, brookings

Oregon: DOERNBECHER MANUFACTURING COMPANY, oregon health sciences center, union pacific railroad
Oregon: DOERNBECHER MANUFACTURING COMPANY, oregon health sciences center, union pacific railroad, temple beth israel

Oregon: Five Versus Four and Three and Five + Four, digit zip code, microsoft excel
Oregon: Five Versus Four and Three and Five + Four, digit zip code, microsoft excel, zip codes

Oregon: Florence/Devil's Elbow drive, accidents, newport
Oregon: Florence/Devil's Elbow drive, accidents, newport, florence

Oregon: gold panning, brice creek, sharps creek
Oregon: gold panning, brice creek, sharps creek, neck of the woods

Oregon: health & humidity, high desert real estate, desert real estate
Oregon: health & humidity, high desert real estate, desert real estate, buffalo ny

Oregon: Oregon Coast, agate beach motel, vintage units
Oregon: Oregon Coast, agate beach motel, vintage units, full kitchens

Oregon: Oregon life without a car...?, adventure magazine, eastern oregon
Oregon: Oregon life without a car...?, adventure magazine, eastern oregon, eugene oregon

Oregon: Portland living, liberal city, welll
Oregon: Portland living, liberal city, welll, crime rate

Oregon: Can you give advise about itinerary?, lake diamond, diamond lake
lake diamond, diamond lake, klamath ca: I m so sorry I didn t answer sooner. I m on the road, on an unfamiliar laptop in Virginia. I can t answer your fire questions since I m out of state, but you might go to www.oregonlive.com. It is a good source of news about Oregon. I personally wouldn...

Oregon: gold panning, bmoa, rock gold
bmoa, rock gold, happy hunting: Hello Rob. Here is some information for you: This site gives some general directions, but more importantly, it also has phone numbers to call and get all the specific information. http://www.naturenw.org/rock-gold.htm This site has more specific directions...

Oregon: Hai,Can i know about a place..., google search, database experts
google search, database experts, home countries: Sulochana, Hai. Please go to www.goggle.com and do a search on Oregon. This would be the best way to see Oregon and Portland. I haven t heard of that company in Portland. Did you search the Internet? Our culture is varied here in Portland. We have...

Oregon: Hi! What is Oregon`s internaitonal..., portland international airport, international airports
portland international airport, international airports, overseas flight: Maybe you ve already found out the answer to your question, since I delayed so long in answering. Sorry! The major airport for Oregon is Portland International Airport. Its code is PDX. You can visit its home page at www.portlandairportpdx.com. I don...

Oregon: health & humidity, desert states, lower desert
desert states, lower desert, humidity levels: Bruce, Sorry to hear about your health. I think you re basically stuck w/the lower desert states. Checked weather stations yesterday around state,(a sunny early morning check), and found even the high desert, eastern Or.,and southerm Or. all way up. The...

Oregon: Inquiry, birth cert, rush hour
birth cert, rush hour, bottleneck: Brandon, It depends on how fast you drive and when.However,when we go to Vancouver BC we drive around 75mph thru Washington until the Seattle bottleneck slows us way down. If you can skip rush hour there it s a very good thing. From then on it s good again...

Oregon: Lewis & Clark tours, grand floral parade, lindblad expeditions
grand floral parade, lindblad expeditions, queen of the west: I know almost nothing about river tours, I m sorry to say. River cruising is relatively recent here (although recreational boating certainly is not). I do know that there has been criticism of our preparations for the Lewis & Clark celebrations. There...

Oregon: Local food, tillamook county creamery association, tillamook county creamery
tillamook county creamery association, tillamook county creamery, berry flavors: In the past week, I ve eaten two desserts that I d have to say are local (and personal!) favorites: (1) Tillamook ice cream (manufactured by the Tillamook County Creamery Association) and (2) blackberry crisp, made by my daughter with blackberries which she...

Oregon: Lodging Portland, south park blocks, jantzen swimwear
south park blocks, jantzen swimwear, portland art museum: In that price range, you should have plenty of choices. I would recommend looking up the hotels which I ll mention on the web so that you can get a better idea of the details and the prices. At that time of year, you may be able to find some good package...

Oregon: Looking for a great place to live, stress advice, unfair prejudice
stress advice, unfair prejudice, beverton: Even though I was born and raised in Portland, I had a similar experience, in that we moved back to Portland after seven years in the Bay Area. At the time we had a 2-year-old. I personally am not a big fan of Beaverton. This is probably partly unfair...

Oregon: lakeside cottages/cabins, paulina lake resort, bells and whistles
paulina lake resort, bells and whistles, jet skis: Carol, Can t think of any I know that have central lodge,most have NO lodge and NO TV,or all-out resort hysteria. Tons of little places in Central Oregon around Bend..and Sunriver has tons of private homes/cabins for rent.(All w/TV I assume,but lots of kid...

Oregon: Moving to Portland, personal income taxes, lloyd district
personal income taxes, lloyd district, lloyd center: I can probably be more specific if I know a bit more about you. What type of work would you be seeking? Do you anticipate any problems getting permission to work (e.g., are you already US citizens)? How large an apartment do you need? My best advice...

Oregon: mixed type campsites, honeyman state park, flying m ranch
honeyman state park, flying m ranch, southern boarder: SR Sackinger, My first thought is Honeyman State Park,near Florence on the mid Oregon coast.Yurts too boot!I know Silver Falls State Park,near Silverton has cabins.... Best bet,www.traveloregon.com and search out for those yurt,cabin specifics. OR call...

Oregon: NW-themed gifts, pendleton woolen mills, albuquerque balloon festival
pendleton woolen mills, albuquerque balloon festival, product bowls: I m sorry for the delay in responding to your question. I had trouble logging onto the site yesterday. My top choice for your board gifts would be a small Pendleton blanket or other household woolen product. I checked their web site (www.pendleton-usa.com)...

Oregon: Oregon Coast, city newport, edge index
city newport, edge index, crescent city: I m not the best to answer this question, as I don t do a lot of overnights in Oregon hotels, but here s my attempt at planning your trip, I would start by staying relatively near the airport, at Edgefield. See their website at http://www.mcmenamins.com/Edge/index.html....

Oregon: One more question, if you have the time..., oregon trail route, urban myths
oregon trail route, urban myths, nice restaurants: Craig, Excellent adventure! Sadly though, eastern Oregon is really rural. As they like it. Although do take a trip off 84 at LaGrande, follow 82 all the way to Joseph and the Wallowas. My favorite corner of the state. Enterprise a growing little town, check...

Oregon: Oregon vacation, sightseeing nature, lodging assn
sightseeing nature, lodging assn, recommended restaurants: Stan...Hoo Boy,where to start? Firstly,call the Oregon Tourist Board,800-547-7842 www.traveloregon.com 503-986-0001 Fax....Ask them for the official guide. Also see if they have the Where to Stay in Oregon guide put out by the Oregon Lodging Assn.(503-255-5135).An...

Oregon: Pacific NW trip, columbia river gorge, multnomah falls
columbia river gorge, multnomah falls, columbia river: I m not the best with driving itineraries, and of course, it will depend a great deal on your specific interests. But the Oregon not to be missed highlights are the Coast, the Columbia River Gorge and Multnomah Falls, Mount Hood and Crater Lake. If you...

Oregon: Portland area, lawyer section, home mail
lawyer section, home mail, unemployment figures: Pam, We have a zillion lawyers here,my best hope of helping you on both counts is to have you send me your address on my home mail (Adiebob@aol.com....header should read job search) and I ll simply mail you the entire classified ads for employment for the...

Oregon: Portland Hotels, sw alder, westin hotel
sw alder, westin hotel, memorial day weekend: I think you ll like the Westin s location. It s right downtown, and everything downtown is within an easy walk. From what I understand, $100 per night downtown is a reasonable rate. As for the Pearl District, there isn t a hotel there as yet, so you really...

Oregon: Portland living, wild oats market, free wi fi
wild oats market, free wi fi, rose lodge: Hi George, Well Harvard isn t bad,but probably loses status in a state where no one can appreciate it.We all prefer Reed here. Portland....ah,land of the Beemer/Granola clash. I love this city,yet am frazzeled by the changes I have seen in my life here.(Naturally)...

Oregon: Is this the place for me?, bisbee az, wal marts
bisbee az, wal marts, mount angel: I turned this question over to my brother, who is a demographer and a keen observer of cities and towns. I ve printed his answer below. My first thought was Forest Grove, and you can see he does think that is a possibility. A caveat: I m very much a Portlander,...

Oregon: Quick Drive Through Oregon, oregon caves, oylmpics
oregon caves, oylmpics, olympic national park: Hi Nickolas, Another strong suggestion....e-mail to www.traveloregon.com and ask for whatever maps/booklets you d like..you ll be in the southern area,could also see for yourself some of the attractions you want to see..ie;Caves,Crater Lake,Gorge. Am still...

Oregon: Restaurants on the coast, sylvia beach hotel, lighthouse shopping center
sylvia beach hotel, lighthouse shopping center, breakfast lunch dinner: Hello Muriel. I have several suggestions of places that I have enjoyed...which will be best for you will depend on what you are looking for. I am assuming you are asking about grownup places, but if you want information on family places, let me know and I...

Oregon: Restaurants, east siders, egg dishes
east siders, egg dishes, good egg: I ve got some input from my brother and my NE Portland friend on restaurant suggestions for you. First, here s my brother s answer: I assume you are looking for something with good food, and some character, not just cheap. Try the North/Northeast link...

Oregon: resort, tree forts, google search
tree forts, google search, best bet: Dorothy, There was a place in southern Oregon made up entirely of tree forts . I recall it running into code violations, or perhaps zoning. In any case, best bet is to do a Google search for Tree Fort Resort ? I m not sure it s still open at all. Hope...

Oregon: southern oregon, cresent city ca, google search
cresent city ca, google search, banana belt: Captain, I rarely get down to southern Oregon but have heard Brookings on the coast is a hot retirement area,and LaPine in the center of state also. Brookings in on the coast,in an odd banana belt,very mild,altho windier than hell sometimes.Has good medical...

Oregon: sunriver, high desert museum, national volcanic monument
high desert museum, national volcanic monument, desert lakes: Jim, The High Desert Museum,(north of Sunriver on 97),Newberry National Volcanic Monument,(south of Sunriver off 97),are both good bets for the whole family.For Mom and Dad,Sunriver has Sunfest in June,(food and wine show). E-mail Sunriver for all activities...

Oregon: things to do and see, deshutes river, metolius river
deshutes river, metolius river, great live music: Debi, So much to see and paint....where to start? Firstly try out the following web sites..... www.visitbend.org and www.covisitors.com these will tell of any festivals ect. happening in the near future. From Sunriver DO take a drive on Century Drive...lots...

Oregon: travelling to portland from the uk, internet scams, polar route
internet scams, polar route, airline fares: My personal favorite airline to travel between the UK and Portland is Air Canada via Vancouver, BC. This is a shorter route than any other, as it is a polar route. You also are international for a longer part of the trip, so you get better service. ...

Oregon: Could you use this information?, northwest valley, columbia river
northwest valley, columbia river, stomping grounds: Leo, Sorry for the lag time. Been out on the right coast visiting my old stomping grounds. Including the home of Jefferson himself! Thanks for this info, will keep it filed. Can hardly believe myself that the L and C is so under advertised here. Shameful....

Oregon: Visiting Portland, paddle boats, logging road
paddle boats, logging road, mile hike: Hello Steve. Hmmm, only three days? Since you have seen the coast I would suggest something different. How about a short dirve out to the Columba River Gorge? A national historic site, there is a wonderful old highway (starting at Portland) that lets...

Oregon: I work for a timberland investment..., mt st helen, timberland investment
mt st helen, timberland investment, salmon filet: Hello Nan. A lot depends on the recipients. I ll throw out several ideas, and let you figure out which would be the most appreciated by your team. 1) Gift basket. Yeah, I know they are over done. I would hand pick the items rather than do a standard...

Oregon: zip code map, free zip code map, manolis
free zip code map, manolis, initial question: Robert, Sorry,I never did recieve your second request. All I could find in my data search was Google sites under zip codes... all requiring payment of some sort. I even stopped by PO on Saturday. No luck. If you send your street address I could tear out...

Organ Transplants/Donation: Dialysis vs Transplant, pros and cons of transplantation, donor kidney
pros and cons of transplantation, donor kidney, elderly recipients: Hi Theresa, First, thanks for your question. Second, you raise some really great points. 1. A person can be on dialysis for several years without the physician discussing a transplant for treatment. Some doctors don t, sadly, consider it. Some other...

Organ Transplants/Donation: Dialysis vs Transplant, transplant hospitals, kidney transplant
Organ Transplants/Donation: Dialysis vs Transplant, transplant hospitals, kidney transplant, social worker

Organ Transplants/Donation: smoking, high blood pressure, smoker
high blood pressure, smoker, kidneys: The doctors believe so. While it s true that smoking didn t initially hurt your husband s kidneys, the doctors are often concerned with high blood pressure - which is caused by smoking. Another issue is intubating a smoker - it is not as easy as a non-smoker...

Organ Transplants/Donation: Brother Organ Donor 1983, fatal motorcycle accident, hipaa law
fatal motorcycle accident, hipaa law, organ donors: Hi Tammie, I want to say thank you personally. There aren t a lot of people out there who think about becoming organ donors. Thanks to your brother. He probably saved (or enhanced) 40-50 peoples lives! I am not sure where you live. Do you live in the...

Organ Transplants/Donation: Liver Transplant, liver transplant, universal receiver
liver transplant, universal receiver, universal donor: With only that to go on, yes. A (negative or positive) can take from both A and O. Works like this: O - Can only take from O, but can give to everyone. (Universal Donor) A - Can take from A and O, but can only give to A and AB B - Can take from B and...

Organ Transplants/Donation: kidney transplant, kidney failure, transplant work
kidney failure, transplant work, kidney stone: Kidney stones can cause kidney failure. I have several people in my unit whose kidneys failed due to kidney stones. The reason why doctors say this, they want to make sure both kidneys are healthy to not compromise you or your donor. In transplant work ups,...

Organ Transplants/Donation: Liver Transplant, liver transplant, bone marrow
liver transplant, bone marrow, kidney: Hi Laura, Yep! As long as your liver is healthy, you can give part of it. It will regenerate - in both the donor and the recipient. You can give another person (while you re still living): kidney, part of a liver, a kidney, and bone marrow. Thanks for...

Organ Transplants/Donation: dialysis of a wierd sort, pig livers, liver failure
pig livers, liver failure, wierd sort: Somewhat likely. Though xenoperfusion has only been attempted with one issue -either the kidneys or liver- not both. It has shown sume success in allograft rejection (renal), though I am unsure of both together. I don t know of a case where someone has both...

Organ Transplants/Donation: organ recepients letter response, lawsuits, allison
Organ Transplants/Donation: organ recepients letter response, lawsuits, allison, recipient

Organ Transplants/Donation: liver transplant, liver transplant, hep c
liver transplant, hep c, bone marrow: Yes, you can. It may be the best way to ensure he live a longer life. There are a few things you can donate while you are still alive - a kidney, part of a liver (the remainder grows back or regenerates), part of a lung, and bone marrow. If you are healthy,...

Organ Transplants/Donation: organ recepients letter response, phone number address, life chances
phone number address, life chances, organ donor: Allison, Absolutely. Firstly, let me tell you that as an organ recipient myself, I am grateful for what you, your husband, and your daughter did. I know that it had to be painful. I write to my donor s mom - sending her flowers, etc. on the anniversary...

Organ Transplants/Donation: organ receiver, kidney transplant, deceased donor
kidney transplant, deceased donor, transplant hospital: Did you ever get put on the inactive list while waiting for your kidney? No, thankfully. The people who are put on this list are people who either need to lose weight, have cancer or another medical/mental health issue that needs to be resolved, or are non-compliant....

Organ Transplants/Donation: Kidney donation, donor nephrectomy, natural child birth
donor nephrectomy, natural child birth, donating a kidney: Hi! And thanks for the question! There is no percentage for risks. However, the donor goes through such thorough testing that if there is any risk the surgery may hurt them, they are not permitted to donate. The remaining kidney compensates for the other....

Organ Transplants/Donation: donor question, barnes jewish hospital, laproscopic surgery
barnes jewish hospital, laproscopic surgery, kidney removal: A mini-nephrectomy is laproscopic surgery. They make a small incision in your abdomen and guide the kidney out that way. That is the preferred surgery; healing is far faster. Polycystic kidneys are one of the rarer kidney diseases. I say this b/c most...

Organ Transplants/Donation: living donor letter, living kidney donor, organ donors
living kidney donor, organ donors, work colleagues: I am so sorry, I didn t even realize I had a question up there! As for the letters, I have no suggestions. I am under the mindset that I won t ask, but I will take. That is something you are going to have to come up with on your own. When I was on dialysis,...

Organ Transplants/Donation: Kidney Transplant, kidney transplants, kidney donation
kidney transplants, kidney donation, kidney transplant: Hi! I think you re terrific for considering organ donation. Down to business: 1. Why can your mom only have one operation? (With kidney transplants, if you take care of them, you can have as many as you need.) You re in luck. Type O (positive or negative)...

Organ Transplants/Donation: kidney transplantee - problems, high lymphocytes, cyclosporine toxicity
high lymphocytes, cyclosporine toxicity, wbc count: Nirmal, It could mean a couple of different things. The first is that you are sick. A WBC that low is way too low. Please call your Nephrologist. If he doesn t help, call another doctor in his group. The second thing it could mean is cyclosporine toxicity....

Organ Transplants/Donation: beer., medical social worker, kidney patients
medical social worker, kidney patients, kidney transplant: Hi! First of all, congratulations on a successful transplant! Also, I am not a medical doctor, although I have been immersed in the medical field since I was a child. I am a medical social worker. Prograf, Cellcept, and Prednisone are okay (In fact, I...

Organ Transplants/Donation: the female human body, hymens, medical question
hymens, medical question, hymen: While not transplant or kidney related, this is an easy medical question to answer. Instead of calling it vaginal cherry , call it a hymen . And the answer is yes. Anything can: sports, falling wrong, tampons. Most women have their hymens broken while...

Organ Transplants/Donation: kidney donor, motorcycle helmet law, kidney pancreas
motorcycle helmet law, kidney pancreas, kidney doctor: Hi Herman, I m sorry to hear about your wife. I would recommend listing for a kidney now (her kidney doctor will set this up with the nearest transplant hospital). Your wife will go through tests (i.e. blood tests (yes, more), EEGs, EKGs, bladder tests, a...

Organ Transplants/Donation: small intestine, crohn s disease, small intestine
crohn s disease, small intestine, large intestine: Hi Jake, The small intestine is one organ that can be transplated (for people with severe Crohn s disease, etc.) I hate to be the one to tell you this, but your teacher is correct. There are four major phases in the digestive system: Chewing/Swallowing...

Organic Gardens: decomposed granite, compost teas, limestone rocks
compost teas, limestone rocks, granite rocks: Dear Karo: Decomposed granite is a rock powder and is an excellent amendment for clay soils. All rock powders are great sources of minerals and micronutrients. All growing soils need them. As the microbes and macrobes like earthworms, digest the insoluble...

Organic Gardens: decomposed granite, compost teas, limestone rocks
compost teas, limestone rocks, granite rocks: Dear Karo: Decomposed granite is a rock powder and is an excellent amendment for clay soils. All rock powders are great sources of minerals and micronutrients. All growing soils need them. As the microbes and macrobes like earthworms, digest the insoluble...

Organic Gardens: Hydrangeas, soil acidifier, national sustainable agriculture
soil acidifier, national sustainable agriculture, national sustainable agriculture information service: I was going to reject your question because I do not have a complete and current list of the entire Jan 2008 directory of OMRI registrants. Without reviewing it carefully (which would also take an awful lot of time) I can t answer you truthfully. On the...

Organic Gardens: Inexpensive Organic Gardening, homemade organic pesticide, liquid dish soap
homemade organic pesticide, liquid dish soap, cayenne pepper: Dear Phyllis: The beginning of an organic garden starts with creating a compost pile to provide natural fertilization for your crops. Listed below is an Internet link to a A complete Guide to Composting : http://www.compostguide.com/ An...

Organic Gardens: planting fruit trees, drip line, master gardener
drip line, master gardener, orange trees: Dear Amber: Orange trees can typically get 25 feet tall, but some get to 50 ft. Typical row spacing is 25 feet. In general roots grow about three times the canopy spread. About 1/2 the roots grow under the canopy but the other 1/2 spread beyond the canopy...

Organic Gardens: raised river rock garden bed, portland cement, garden beds
portland cement, garden beds, football size: We just dig a little trench and start. River rock is usually not real flat, so you would probably need to use cement because they would be hard to stack. But if they are really flat sided then you could just dry stack them. Large ones one the bottom...

Organic Gardens: Asparagus, growing asparagus, plants ferns
growing asparagus, plants ferns, alfalfa hay: You could do either. Their purpose is to feed the roots so next years spears will be healthy and larger. I would also mulch them with about two inches of composted manure or compost, and four inches of alfalfa hay (crumbled up with your hands), or straw....

Organic Gardens: interviewing an expert (pillbugs), compost piles, grass clippings
compost piles, grass clippings, dead vegetation: Dear Erik: Pill bugs are native to Europe and were introduced to the U.S. where they are now widespread. Pill bugs are scavengers that eat just about anything, including dead vegetation, tender seedlings, animal droppings, and the leather on shoes. They...

Organic Gardens: Tomato, rich potting soil, fish fertilizer
rich potting soil, fish fertilizer, gallon pots: Anytime you buy a tomato plant (or any other plant) check to see if it is already rootbound. Most tomatoes grown for sale have roots tightly bound in their little pots. Tomatoes do not like not having, room to expand their roots, and once bound up they will...

Organic Gardens: Vegetable Gardens, southwest ga, vegetable gardens
southwest ga, vegetable gardens, sorry for the delay: Heidi ... sorry for the delay. I thought that I had answered this but I just got an email that I didn t. As far as the tomatoes go, if they are still there, keep them there. The seasons are getting longer and longer since our summers are getting more warm...

Organic Gardens: Winterizing 1st year rhubarb in garden., composted manure, plant roots
composted manure, plant roots, freeze point: Get some composted manure and add about four inches around the plant. When the leaves are all dead, you could remove them and add another couple of inches. This will mulch it and feed it for the winter. Repeat in the early spring when first leaves begin to...

Organic Gardens: organic gardening book, howard garrett, texas gulf coast
howard garrett, texas gulf coast, northwest arkansas: Hi ... the organic guru in Texas is Howard Garrett. He has several books out but a lot of them are suggesting plants for the Texas Gulf Coast area. The Organic Manual though is a general book about organic gardening. He is super easy to read and has...

Organic Gardens: Raised beds for blueberries and raspberries, soil test results, harmony farm supply
soil test results, harmony farm supply, peaceful valley farm supply: You need to lower the pH of your soil to about 4.5, because it is too akaline. Sawdust, composted leaves, wood chips, cottonseed meal, leaf mold, gypsom, blood meal, bat guano, kelp meal, peat moss, and fish meal are all acidic and can bring your ph down....

Organic Gardens: biodiversity, largest mammal, fauna and flora
largest mammal, fauna and flora, commercial fertilizers: BIODIVERSITY is the range of living things in an environment, from the smallest microscopic being to the largest mammal. The richest biodiversity is found in tropical climates; there s very little biodiversity near the Poles. Ecologists consider Biodiversity...

Organic Gardens: inter relationships, organic horticulture, living organisms
organic horticulture, living organisms, favorable results: Hi Jen ... Sorry for the delay in answering. I have been out of pocket for a while. I like where Ike hit and it s been pretty crazy around here. To answer your question: The interrelationship of living organisms are important in organic gardening because...

Organic Gardens: organic gardening, soil dries, chemical scents
soil dries, chemical scents, molecular vibration: Companion planting, or intercropping, allows us to take advantage of certain chemical interactions between plants. These interactions can be used to encourage plant growth and health in a symbiotic manner. Every plant releases different chemical agents, either...

Organic Gardens: organic gardening, soil aggregates, soil microorganisms
soil aggregates, soil microorganisms, invertebrate organisms: Dear Jenn: A healthy soil is alive, teeming with microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and yeast as well as larger creatures like earthworms. They depend on the availability of air, water and nutrients in the soil to live. In return, they are the ultimate...

Organic Gardens: fresh manure, rabbit manure, cow manure
rabbit manure, cow manure, how to build a compost pile: No, sorry. You need to compost hot manure - like horse and cow. Cold manure can be used right away - like sheep, rabbit, or llama. You need to be careful not to use composted horse manure for too many years, because it will eventually raise the salt...

Organic Gardens: Raised beds of rock retaining wall., cement chemistry, cement mortar
cement chemistry, cement mortar, natural cement: I don t think there is any problem with using cement. We use a mixture of Portland cement (chemically it is a mixture of (Dicalcic and Tricalcic Silicate, Tricalcium Aluminate, limestone, shale, and gypsum), mixed with a cement sand in a three to one ratio....

Organic Gardens: I still insist organic lawn, corn gluten meal, cottonseed meal
corn gluten meal, cottonseed meal, soybean meal: Dear Judy: You have to be careful with the vinegar mixture since it contains acetic acid. So, be careful to try the mixture on a test spot area of the lawn before proceeding to spray the entire lawn. Also, consider reducing the strength of the mixture...

Organic Gardens: still insist organic methods, corn gluten meal, cottonseed meal
corn gluten meal, cottonseed meal, soybean meal: I think that if you do everything right nutritionally, weeds won t be a problem, especially if you keep ahead of them, and feed it twice a year to keep it nutritionally healthy, and keep the pH around 7. Keep the grass on the tallish side so weeds will...

Organic Gardens: still insist organic methods, corn gluten meal, cottonseed meal
corn gluten meal, cottonseed meal, soybean meal: What a valiant effort you have made in the face of such a formidable opponent, my friend. But I think you may have missed a few important steps in the war against weeds. First, you did not mention anything whatsoever suggesting you have had your Soil tested....

Organic Gardens: gardening, finished compost, pulling weeds
finished compost, pulling weeds, kitchen scraps: In our experience weed ground covers take over what is planted, take up water and nutrients, and don t provide enough protection from the sun to keep plant roots cool. Plants do best with cool roots, consistent moisture, and lots of mulch. Mulch will bring...

Organic Gardens: Organic soil, miracle gro, organic soil
miracle gro, organic soil, hybrid plants: The Institute of Science in Society is right up your alley: http://www.i-sis.org.uk/biodynamicFarming.php Besides publishing a fascinating monthly magazine, this group is an unequalled powerhouse of data and information on issues related to genetic engineering...

Organic Gardens: organic lawn using sugar, organic lawn fertilizers, harmony farm supply
organic lawn fertilizers, harmony farm supply, peaceful valley farm supply: Never having used this method, we would be more inclined to use organic fertilizers and organic pest controls specific to the location/condition. Pure cane sugar is a source of trace minerals, , you do apply it in the spring. It might attract sugar ants,...

Organic Gardens: Pot ash, carrot rust fly, pot ash
carrot rust fly, pot ash, master gardener: Dear Barbara: Compost and wood ashes are effective not only on rust flies but carrot weevils, wireworms, and other carrot pests. Probably the best organic way to get rid of pests is to soak the bed once a week with a thin mixture of wood ashes and water...

Organic Gardens: About spined soldier bug:, gypsy moth caterpillar, birch leafminer
gypsy moth caterpillar, birch leafminer, mexican bean beetle: Dear Barbara: Checkout this website which coincidentally is in my home city and state. I discovered this in my research for the Soldier Bug Pheromone. By the way, I have no financial interest in the company. The site is: http://www.biconet.com...

Organic Gardens: arp rosemary, madalene hill, david arp
madalene hill, david arp, rosemary hill: ARP Rosemary is good down to zero, for short periods of time, but an extended cold at this temperature will be hard on them. You can get two winter hardy varieties here: Raintree Nursery: http://www.raintreenursery.com/catalog/producttype.cfm?producttype=HERBS...

Organic Gardens: Bermuda grass in new soil, fescue sod lawn, climate prediction center
fescue sod lawn, climate prediction center, tall fescue sod: By selecting Tall Fescue, you have picked a Grass that is at the center of some heavy research into the subject of Weed control. In one test in 2007 at North Carolina State Unversity, Tall Fescue mowed at a height of 4 inches ended the season with ZERO...

Organic Gardens: Corn gluten, food safety website, corn gluten meal
food safety website, corn gluten meal, gm crops: I hate to say it, but I most definitely do believe the Genetically Modified Seeds work of the patent-holding few are contaminating everything as we speak. According to Monsanto s own statistics, herbicide tolerant crops in 2006 were planted in the U.S....

Organic Gardens: Creating a new organic vegetable garden, organic vegetable garden, landscape timbers
organic vegetable garden, landscape timbers, cottonseed meal: Dear Michael: Congratulations on becoming an organic convert!! You can use a sunny spot in your lawn and dig.....or, perhaps you should consider raised beds. Depending on how large the plot will be for your garden, the use of a raised bed provides much...

Organic Gardens: corn gluten pre emergent, corn gluten meal, flower blooms
corn gluten meal, flower blooms, flower beds: Dear Bruce: I recommend corn gluten as a preemergent for lawns as well as flower beds. The corn gluten meal that I am most familiar with is the 10% nitrogen and 60% corn protein ratio. In my opinion, the use of the 8-2-4 ratio in flower beds would not...

Organic Gardens: dandelions, corn gluten meal, muscular sclerosis
corn gluten meal, muscular sclerosis, spring and autumn: Too late for the Corn Gluten Meal, yes. Congratulations, neighbor, on finding a house on Long Island that isn t a toxic waste dump. Let s keep a good thing going. Today, the roar of the dandelion is all over your Lawn. I hear what you re saying. I feel...

Organic Gardens: dandelions, suburban lawn and garden, corn gluten
suburban lawn and garden, corn gluten, natural grass: The first thing is to remove all the flower heads. Hopefully they have not gone to seed. If they have the corn gluten will stop them from sprouting. I realize either of the two choices below are labor intensive, but you have to remove or kill the mature...

Organic Gardens: corn gluten pre emergent, corn gluten, flower beds
Organic Gardens: corn gluten pre emergent, corn gluten, flower beds, spring and autumn

Organic Gardens: fire ants, fire ant bait, fire ant control
fire ant bait, fire ant control, getting rid of fire ants: Dear Karen: Some of the organic baits on the market that are listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute are Safer Brand Fire Ant Bait and Green Light Fire Ant Control with Conserve. These products contain the active ingredient spinosad. Spinosad...

Organic Gardens: Organic Lawn Care for Texas Gulf Coast, organic lawn care, texas gulf coast
organic lawn care, texas gulf coast, chemical bottles: The Scientific Method is universal, my friend. What we have here is a phenomenon driven by the Internet -- information spreading fast and far, in a flash. Researchers at Texas A&M wind up their work, type in their results, and poof! the next day, anyone...

Organic Gardens: Tomatoes, tomato fertilizer, tomato foodilizer
tomato fertilizer, tomato foodilizer, fish emulsion: Dear Ann: The Clean Air Gardening Company of Dallas, Texas offers an organic product called Tomato Foodilizer that they claim to be an effective tomato fertilizer that contains the specific nutrients needed for bountiful harvests of large, nutritious...

Organic Gardens: Arp Rosemary, landscape horticulturist, beneficial fungi
landscape horticulturist, beneficial fungi, rocky soils: Perennials die back, then re-grow new stems the following year. But Rosemary is less a Perennial, more a woody shrub that will reach 3 feet by the end of its second year if you protect it from brutal Winter weather. Just prune gently once it reaches 2...

Organic Gardens: Arp Rosemary, peat moss, rosemary plant
peat moss, rosemary plant, ontario climate: Rosemary officinalis ARP takes its name from the Zone 6 Texas town where an herbalist first found it 35 years ago. Theoretically, you should be able to grow this more hardy Zone 6 Rosemary, in your Zone 6 Ontario climate. But there s more to this than...

Organic Gardens: BlueBerry Bush Buying, blueberry bushes, blueberry bush
blueberry bushes, blueberry bush, blueberry recipes: Dear JoAnn: I unaware of organic blueberry bush vendors. Listed below are vendors with their Internet addresses. I have had positive experiences with Gurney s and Park Seed with a variety of plants and seeds, but none with DanFinch.Com however, their...

Organic Gardens: creosote on landscape ties, landscape ties, master gardener
landscape ties, master gardener, garden vegetables: Dear Petra: Railroad ties are soaked in creosote which is a known carcinogen therefore, even though this is an old landscape tie you risk the possibility of garden vegetables planted near it being contaminated. If you must use this particular tie, then...

Organic Gardens: Greenhouse Plastic, plastic greenhouses, greenhouse
plastic greenhouses, greenhouse, polycarbonate greenhouse: Not if you use Lexan, a double layer sheet of polycarbonate with air layers inbetween. There is no condensation, and it provides an insulation barrier. Very long lasting and comes in sheets 4 feet wide and as long as you need them to be up to 20 feet. And,...

Organic Gardens: Johnson Grass, charles sturt university, corn gluten meal
charles sturt university, corn gluten meal, soil microbes: Dear Sherrie: Sugar has the potential to control annual weeds according to recent research trials conducted by researchers from Charles Sturt University. The researchers have found that sugar provides a good, short-term non-chemical and ecologically friendly...

Organic Gardens: how to kill weeds in a renovated lawn, dish detergent, broadleaf weeds
dish detergent, broadleaf weeds, weed killer: Dear Gordon: The homemade recipe weed killer is indeed strong enough to kill some grass as well as broadleaf weeds. I have a two pronged approach for you: 1. Try the weed killer mixture on a small test spot of weeds and grass, wait 2 or 3 days and...

Organic Gardens: Loquat Trees, nitrogen fertilizers, loquat trees
nitrogen fertilizers, loquat trees, drip line: Dear Steve: Although, I ve never grown loquats, my research for your question revealed much information and motivates me to try an experimental planting. My research revealed that yellowing leaves on the loquats are a sign of over watering. They aren...

Organic Gardens: organic fertiliser, green vegetable matter, compost piles
green vegetable matter, compost piles, fish emulsion: Blood meal will provide nitrogen. Bone meal provides phosphorus. They are two different things. NITROGEN - contains proteins and is a food source for compost piles (grass clippings, green vegetable matter), and it stimulates green growth in plants....

Organic Gardens: Corn, dishwasher detergent, liquid dishwasher
dishwasher detergent, liquid dishwasher, master gardener: Dear Adrienne: The earwigs on your sweet corn can be controlled using insecticidal soap which is an organic method. You can make your own or buy it at your local garden store supply. One brand name is Safer . The recipe to make your own is: 1...

Organic Gardens: discouraging cats from using my garden, deterrent product, master gardener
deterrent product, master gardener, cat deterrent: Dear John: There s a cat deterrent product that s said to be all natural and organic in a powdered mixture and available from a website. However, since I don t have cats at my place, I have no personal experience with this product. The product is: ...

Organic Gardens: eucalyptus and fruit trees, master gardener, 3 trees
master gardener, 3 trees, tree roots: Dear Logan: Because of the nutrition and irrigation demands of your existing grapefruit and apple tree and plan to add a Eucalyptus tree would likely cause all 3 trees to be malnourished if planted within 25 feet of the other trees. The Eucalyptus tree...

Organic Gardens: HERBICIDE, vinegar and salt, vinegar solution
vinegar and salt, vinegar solution, root crops: Dear Carol: Allow up to 48 hours after spraying the vinegar and salt solution before planting in the same area. The vinegar solution can temporarily reduce the pH of soil, but this effect typically lasts only a couple of days. Acetic acid rapidly...

Organic Gardens: Holes in green beans, bean plants, little holes
bean plants, little holes, green beans: Those master sleuths called SLUGS are munching as we speak, making a nice big fat juicy dinner out of your vegetables and flowers. Go out every night with a flashlight and get them off the leaves, into an empty Starbucks container with top. And don t think...

Organic Gardens: tomato plants, tomato plants, optimum temperatures
tomato plants, optimum temperatures, master gardener: Dear Chris: I don t think you have anything to worry about since the plants were not budding when you planted them. Early budding in this case is likely a sign that the plants have experienced optimum temperatures and appropriate irrigation. Watch the...

Organic Gardens: Vegetables and spotty leaves, cow manure, tomato leaves
cow manure, tomato leaves, japanese eggplant: Test your soil right away, to eliminate the possibility of an unbalanced soil. It may be too rich. It could be flea beetles (easily cured by Rotonone which should be used only at night to prevent the killing of beneficial insects, the sun will render it harmless...

Organic Gardens: Apple Organic Gardens, oak glen ca, master gardener
oak glen ca, master gardener, allexperts: Dear Sidney: I m not intimately familiar with apple organic gardens in Southern California. In researching your question, I found one organic grower in Oak Glen, CA that is a likely candidate for you. Their website is: http://www.losriosrancho.com/...

Organic Gardens: brown patch, grass clipping, siesta time
grass clipping, siesta time, chemical fertilizer: Mid-Summer is Siesta time for Cool Season Grass. Stop watering and let it rest. Dead areas MUST be seeded IMMEDIATELY -- not with Grass, which must be sowed in the Cool days of Autumn, but with another seed that will (a) take up space so that Weeds won...

Organic Gardens: eggplant, upper leaf surface, potassium salts
upper leaf surface, potassium salts, oval egg: Dear Brad: I think you have an invasion of Vegetable Leafminer Flies. The adult is a small fly, approximately 1/8 inch long, with a black head, yellow between the eyes, a black thorax and a tube-like ovipositor at the end of the abdomen used to puncture...

Organic Gardens: green beans, brown stink bugs, green stink bug
brown stink bugs, green stink bug, green stink bugs: Dear Laura: There are two types of stink bugs that attack green bean pods. Green Stink Bugs and Brown Stink Bugs. Adult stink bugs are shaped like a shield but the nymphs (juveniles) can look very different from their adult stage, having very short, stubby...

Organic Gardens: list of seed lifetimes, germination requirements, master gardener
germination requirements, master gardener, seed moisture: Often crop seed is left over in a package after planting. This excess seed can be saved for next year s garden, usually with little loss in germination. Seed stored for more than one year, however, will require additional care to insure high germination...

Organic Gardens: organic vegetable plants, growing organic vegetables, organic plants
growing organic vegetables, organic plants, vegetable plants: Dear Linda: Suggest you contact the Indiana Organic Gardening Association at their website: http://www.gardeningnaturally.org/ Also, a source of organically grown vegetable plants is Stranger s Hill Farm in Bloomington at their...

Organic Gardens: Pet urine, harpin, gypsum
harpin, gypsum, messenger: I don t know what a Plunking Plant is, but I know Dogs and Plunkings don t mix. Fencing it off was a great idea. You re right, by now, things should be looking up for the Plunking. Some people think dog damage comes from the strong acid pH of the urine....

Organic Gardens: Short Bell Pepper Plants, typical pepper, heritage seeds
typical pepper, heritage seeds, pepper plants: It may have been genetic - characteristics inherent in the seed. We go through our seed and pick out the biggest mature seeds to plant. We also use organic seeds, or heritage seeds, not hybrid seed. It might be a difference in the soil. If you added...

Organic Gardens: Thinning grass, soil test, last autumn
soil test, last autumn, waste of money: Step 1: Get a soil test. Yes, I know, you re thinking, What a WASTE of money! Who needs to know what s in their DIRT? I just moved here. I want to get the show on the road. Paulina, that soil sample will SAVE YOU MONEY. It will tell you what you...

Organic Gardens: crop rotation, extension agronomist, crop rotations
extension agronomist, crop rotations, soil erosion: Dear Gene: Crop rotation has many benefits including: the increased yields of crops, insect control, reduction of soil erosion, and reduction of root diseases. Dr. Michael D. Peel, North Dakota State University, a Small Grains Extension Agronomist has an...

Organic Gardens: crop rotation, soil microbes, plant minerals
soil microbes, plant minerals, population of germany: Good question. Monocultures like Lawns -- just like a field, right? Wrong. Those plants come up and then die back. Annuals die in a single season, and the plant residue dies right there where the plant kicked the bucket. That alone puts back all the...

Organic Gardens: crop rotation, garden crop, cover crops
garden crop, cover crops, maximum crop: Plants in nature generally do not need a lot of nutrients to manage to produce enough seed to perpetuate their species. However, in the garden, different plants require different nutrients. Some need more nitrogen, some use the nutrients quickly. Heavy nitrogen...

Organic Gardens: tomato disease, chemical fertilizers, plant diseases
Organic Gardens: tomato disease, chemical fertilizers, plant diseases, rock dust

Organic Gardens: heavy soil, alfalfa hay, peat moss
alfalfa hay, peat moss, soil amendments: Hi, For information on soil building, please visit our website: http://www.avant-gardening.com/ogardening.htm Check the pH of your soil. If it is acid you can add organic compost, shredded alfalfa hay, vermiculite, and composted manure. If it is alkaline,...

Organic Gardens: Layng sod in san diego, san diego, kikuyu
san diego, kikuyu, fescue: San Diego is beautiful. But you knew that. I won t bore you with my larger than life memories of my visit 25 years ago, but I know that Golf Digest refers to San Diego as one of the top 50 golf destinations in the world. Heady stuff. More than 90 golf...

Organic Gardens: soil, cornell authors, soil phosphorus
cornell authors, soil phosphorus, seeds of change: Organic matter is a big universe, the source of the nutrients you are looking for. Buckwheat is a terrific source of Potassium (K) as well as a splendid Humus-builder. For future reference, here s the link for Cornell University s Buckwheat Cover Crop...

Organic Gardens: soil nutrition, compost manure, seaweed fish
compost manure, seaweed fish, fish emulsion: Hi Dave ... although manure is a great way to build healthy soil, it is by no means the only way. Anything that was once living is a wonderful amendment to your soil. My favorite compost material to use is actually rotted leaves. If you have leaves on...

Organic Gardens: sugar as a shrub killer, trumpetvine, Long Island Gardener
trumpetvine, Long Island Gardener, Vinegar: Thanks for your update. It s very heartening to know there are still people out there who keep their focus and are willing to break a sweat in the war against a noxious Weed. I just have to add that the high cost of Sugar makes it worth giving a bottle...

Organic Gardens: tomato disease, tomato rot, organic gardener
tomato rot, organic gardener, garden beds: Hi Ricardo ... I am so sorry but I am not familiar with tomato rot in my part of the country (Houston, Texas). I am betting though if everyone is having a problem with this, you can call your county extension office (or email them, they have a website) and...

Organic Gardens: acorn Squash in container, styrofoam pellets, acorn squash
styrofoam pellets, acorn squash, squash plants: Dear Terri: Plant the acorn squash in individual 3 to 5 gallon containers. The container must have drainage holes in the bottom. Since an acorn squash can grow to a 3 to 5 pound size, you must allow space and a bed of some sort for their support as they...

Organic Gardens: ant on plants, clove oil, cotton balls
clove oil, cotton balls, planting flowers: I would not use the sugar water or the cantalope (if you were using that to attract butterflies). I am 99 percent sure that is why you have the ants in the first place. As soon as you are rid of that, wait a day or two and see if the ants leave. If not,...

Organic Gardens: ant on plants, dry yeast, cream of wheat
dry yeast, cream of wheat, chili powder: Dear Michelle: 10 Ways To Kill Ants… Organically 1. Baking soda is poisonous to ants, spinkle it around your plants to ensure ants will stay away. 2. Flour & Baby Powder will keep ants from reaching your plants, ants will not cross the powder - so...

Organic Gardens: How to cultivate Chia (Salba)?, salba grain, garden loam
salba grain, garden loam, greenhouse cultivation: Dear Daniel: Chia’s native range extends through the coastal and inner coast ranges of California from Mendocino County in the north to Baja in the south. Chia grows throughout southern California and into adjacent areas of Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Northwestern...

Organic Gardens: Organic control of snails & aphids, snails slugs, hostalibrary
Organic Gardens: Organic control of snails & aphids, snails slugs, hostalibrary, researcher

Organic Gardens: loofah squash, squash vines, hydrogen peroxide
squash vines, hydrogen peroxide, soups and stews: Hi, In the fall the luffas will begin to loose weight. This is a sign that they are beginning to mature on the vine. You might want to prop them up off the ground to protect the fruits and to keep them from rotting if they touch the ground. We always trellis...

Organic Gardens: Organic control of snails & aphids, slug bait, iron phosphate
slug bait, iron phosphate, intense rivalry: Dear Mac: Your Habaneros concoction mix is one of the many alternatives for organic control of snails and other garden pests. Since your demand is apparently exceeding supply, suggest you consider using Sluggo . Sluggo is an organic alternative to metaldehyde...

Organic Gardens: organic garden, growing grapes for wine, fish emulsion
growing grapes for wine, fish emulsion, liquid seaweed: Nitrogen being one of the more fleeting elements, Liquid Seaweed (typically around 0.1-0.0-1.0) and Fish Emulsion, both high in N, are two excellent amendments. Microbes anywhere you put them will be pleased as punch. Your Clover idea is popular and effective....

Organic Gardens: rabbit manure, rabbit manure, chicken manure
rabbit manure, chicken manure, dangerous pathogens: Hi ... all kinds of manures are good organic additions to your soil. The number one thing to remember when adding any manures at all is that they are properly composted, not raw. If the manure is raw, it is still full of dangerous pathogens and you would...

Organic Gardens: rosemary, sandy gravel, south southwest
sandy gravel, south southwest, organic material: Hi ... Rosemary is pretty hardy. I would wait until the temperatures cool and then transplant the rosemary where you would like to have it. Be sure to put a lot of organic material in the soil where you move it and make sure it has plenty of water until...

Organic Gardens: seaweed, insect control, Gypsy moth, Lepidoptera
Gypsy moth, Lepidoptera, Bt: Q #1: Your concerns about Seaweed probably surround the p.r. about heavy metals and contaminants they soak up, with alarming efficiency, and may deposit in your Soil. Probably founded. Whether contaminants bind to your Soil and stay there depends on the...

Organic Gardens: soil, late season weed control, fish emulsion
late season weed control, fish emulsion, liquid seaweed: Liquid seaweed will provide needed trace elements, and fish emulsion will provide nitrogen in the spring when growth is needed for new plant leaves. As for weed control, we like to grind up bales of alfalfa hay with a cold manure like sheep, goat or rabbit....

Organic Gardens: spring flowering bulbs, spring flowering bulbs, lily of the nile
spring flowering bulbs, lily of the nile, flower clusters: Dear Sue: The numerous layers that make up a plant bulb are actually storage tissues. Depending on the type of spring bulb, these tissues contain compounds such as protein, starch and sugar for energy, which are triggered when the soil reaches a certain...

Organic Gardens: squash bugs, squash bug, harsh chemicals
squash bug, harsh chemicals, natural enemies: I was not familiar with the squash bug but I researched on the internet and found this below to be the concensus. :( Good luck! There are few if any effective organic control options for squash bug. However, natural enemies of the squash bug include...

Organic Gardens: COMPOST, pachyderm poop, elephant dung
pachyderm poop, elephant dung, deer ticks: Whether you re scooping Moose Manure or Pachyderm Poop, it s always good to enrich your Soil with Organic Matter -- Compost, Humus, Aged Manure of any zoological vegetarians (Rabbits, Horses, Cows, Chickens usually, but Sheep, Elephants, Goats and the entire...

Organic Gardens: mold on organic fertilizer, traditional fertilizer, fertilizer plants
traditional fertilizer, fertilizer plants, worm castings: Taken literally, organic fertilizer is a bit of an oxymoron. Traditional fertilizer tries to send minerals directly into the plant bloodstream, like vitamin pills. There are negative side effects with this method (risk of overdose, decimation of microbes,...

Organic Gardens: Nematode information for Japanese beetles, cornell formula, japanese beetles
cornell formula, japanese beetles, alfalfa meal: Dear Donna: What a coincidence....your last name same as my first name Mack (actually, my middle name....). I m sure there must be some mutual affinity with gardening that likely causes this aberration!! I m pleased to see you have chosen to use Milky...

Organic Gardens: organic composting, compost materials, mushroom compost
compost materials, mushroom compost, artificial fertilizers: Dear Jan: The United States has adopted composting standards that largely parallel those in other world countries. Suffice it to say that these standards have not been sufficiently data reduced to be explicit about a wide range of alternative acceptable...

Organic Gardens: soil building, soil building, composting
soil building, composting: The first thing is to test your soil so you know what is missing...you can do that at A&L Plains Agricultural Laboratory, Inc. Lubbock, TX 79408-1590 (806) 763-4278 When you know what you are working with then you can add nutrients. Your soil is probably...

Organic Gardens: Earthworms, organic carbon content, compost heap
organic carbon content, compost heap, respiration rates: Dear Vidal: Earthworms survive best in temperatures ranging from 50° F to 75° F, which is the approximate temperature of an ambient air cooled gardener s compost heap during summer months. Earthworms cannot maintain a steady body temperature like humans...

Organic Gardens: Mulching over fallen leaves, cedar mulch, plants and shrubs
cedar mulch, plants and shrubs, antimicrobial activity: There are 2 keys to successful mulching: (1) the right material, and (2) the right thickness. Weeds generally cannot germinate without light. I am wondering, since you indicate this is a chore you do each year, if there is a possibility that you are turning...

Organic Gardens: Mulching over fallen leaves, cedar mulch, plants and shrubs
cedar mulch, plants and shrubs, landscape fabric: Dear Nicholas: An excellent dual action approach and an ideal soil additive!! For landscape applications it is best to chop up the leaves with your lawnmower, then apply. Great in vegetable, flower gardens. It takes a long time to break down. When it has...

Organic Gardens: Mulching over leaves, cedar mulch
cedar mulch: You can find opinions either way about the toxicity of cedar mulch. Our experience comes from the northwest, where we had western red cedar, and it contains a substance called Thujone, and we noticed that nothing whatsoever grew under these trees. We used...

Organic Gardens: manure cropping, macro nutrients, micro nutrients
macro nutrients, micro nutrients, own energy: Boy have YOU come to the right place for a question like that! Do I have an opinion on this? You betcha! First, let s consider something that ads don t mention, and people forget: Plants are AUTOTROPHS. They make their own food. They make their own...

Organic Gardens: Scholarship, best regard, master gardener
best regard, master gardener, organic farming: Dear Stephen: Listed below is a website that I recommend for your review: http://cms.bsu.edu/Academics/CollegesandDepartments/HonorsCollege/ScholarshipandFellowships/NationalInternationalScholarshipsandFellowships/~/media/DepartmentalContent Best...

Organic Gardens: sowbugs, sowbug control organic
sowbug control organic: Sowbugs usually feed on decaying organic matter, help recycle nutrients into the soil, are active at night, and hide in the dark during the day. Natural predators include frogs and toads. You might consider adding a few to the greenhouse. They thrive on organic...

Organic Gardens: bouganvilleas, slow release fertilizer, yellow sticky traps
slow release fertilizer, yellow sticky traps, cup vegetable oil: Dear Natalie: Question #1. Re: Not flowering: Bougainvillea need a well balanced slow-release fertilizer, too much nitrogen in the fertilizer will cause excessive leaf growth, leading to delayed or aborted blooms. The most common reason for not blooming...

Organic Gardens: Crushed Granite, crushed granite, pea gravel
crushed granite, pea gravel, master gardener: Dear Eric: I also live in Middle Tennessee (Brentwood) and in my research for your question I found granite grit in 3 different colors at the Jones Stone Company: * (615) 292-4717 * 2705 Larmon Dr * Nashville, TN 37204 * http://www.jonesstonecompany.com/...

Organic Gardens: Fertilizers, roundup, cottonseed meal
roundup, cottonseed meal, mulch: 1. Roundup is a chemical pesticide, toxic to plant life. Vinegar is an organic method of killing weeds by just making the soil acidic so nothing will grow there until the soil is rebalanced. If you want to kill weeds use mulch! Four inches will not only...

Organic Gardens: dollarweed, roundup concentrate, dollarweed
roundup concentrate, dollarweed, clemson university: Dear Scott: I m referring you to the Clemson University website with a specific page for Dollarweed. Dollarweed is often confused with dichondra. One way to distinguish the two is by looking at the placement of the leaf stem. Dollarweed has a stem located...

Organic Gardens: lowering PH, mycorrhizae, fungi
mycorrhizae, fungi, soil pH: Very sorry, Mary Jo, for making you wait all this time. I though this question was taken care of. Instead, it s been pending. Here goes. You say you ve had your Soil tested, but it appears it was only tested for pH. If you know what your Soil is actually...

Organic Gardens: prepairing for raised Bed, natural weed killers, organic weed killer
natural weed killers, organic weed killer, peat moss: Dear Tony: I have raised bed gardens. In preparing the beds, I dug out the existing top soil to a depth of approximately 4 inches and used it as fill uneven depressions in my lawn. After placing the timbers in place for the sides, I filled the bed with...

Organic Gardens: Steer Manure On Fruit Trees, organic gardening products, cow manure
organic gardening products, cow manure, mexican avocados: Your natural 0.7-0.3-0.4 fertilizer -- Steer Manure -- would be an excellent idea, except for one thing: Its near-toxic salt content. Points out pothead Jorge Cervantes, who runs a website devoted to the cultivation of Cannabis sativus, Some tests on bagged...

Organic Gardens: Steer Manure On Fruit Trees, master gardener, salt content
master gardener, salt content, fruit trees: Dear Oscar: Manures may contain harmful salts and should be applied in fall or early winter so that rains can dilute the salts and move them through the roots at a time of year when they will do less damage. I recommend avoiding the use of steer manure...

Organic Gardens: Steer Manure On Fruit Trees, fruit tree in container
fruit tree in container: No. You can put it in a container with new all purpose soil. Trim back the roots some as you go. This will help it re-establish itself. I would get a liquid fertilizer for fruit trees in containers, and water as directed. You might do some research online...

Organic Gardens: composting, hog wire, grass clippings
hog wire, grass clippings, dry vegetation: We have extensive information on composting on our website: http://www.avant-gardening.com These are the basics for a simple compost pile: BUILD YOUR PILE about four feet in diameter, and four feet high, on a well-drained site. A ring of hog wire with...

Organic Gardens: corn gluten meal, corn gluten meal, fert
corn gluten meal, fert, google: I would not use cgm for a fertilizer. It is used mainly for weed control. There are just too many other superior organic products for fertilization of your plants. When you plant new plants, there probably are not any weeds then anyway since the bed is...

Organic Gardens: green bean/wax bean bugs...ARGH!, mexican bean beetles, tiny eggs
Organic Gardens: green bean/wax bean bugs...ARGH!, mexican bean beetles, tiny eggs, pupae

Organic Gardens: Gardening over grass, organic garden, good foundation
organic garden, good foundation, mulch: Just dig all of the grass up, shake off all the dirt, and compost the roots, or move the sod to another area. If you dig below the root line, the grass should not come up, and if you mulch well, what does make it through a layer of 3 inch mulch will easily...

Organic Gardens: green bean/wax bean bugs...ARGH!, ladybug colorado potato beetle larvae peas
ladybug colorado potato beetle larvae peas: Let s start with the Aphids on Snow Peas. Aphids are the favorite food of all Ladybug species. Pick them up at your garden center or you can order them in the mail. Store them in the refrigerator the night before (to slow them down), then sprinkle them...

Organic Gardens: Miracle grow, Organic Miracle Grow plant food, organic plant fertilizer
Organic Miracle Grow plant food, organic plant fertilizer, organic fertilizer: Yes. Scotts Miracle-Gro Miracle-Gro® Organic Choice® All Purpose Plant Food is one of their products. Their website is: http://www.scotts.com/smg/catalog/productCategorySubSelf.jsp;jsessionid=9D42CC0E75DE14C514B5FFDFB7CD49D4?navAction=jump&itemId=cat80014&id=cat50006...

Organic Gardens: nettig for blueberries, retail garden centers, blue berries
retail garden centers, blue berries, quantity need: Dear Peggy: You should be able to find Netting for bird control at Lowe s Retail Garden Centers. If you don t have a Lowe s near you, suggest you order from their website (www.lowes.com). 14 x 14 Bird Netting, Item #156307f, Model: 10008. Lowe s direct...

Organic Gardens: soil pH, greensand, potassium
greensand, potassium, root knot nematode: Yes, as long is it is not added to an established plant, and you wait for two months. You are basically adding sulfuric acid to your soil, and it will kill plants. Never use wood ashes, they are alkaline!!!! Use seaweed, fish meal, kelp meal, and/or...

Organic Gardens: supplements, cow manure, fish emulsion
cow manure, fish emulsion, liquid seaweed: Those are excellent choices for your vegetable garden. Also consider mixing the two and applying to your plants in a foliar fashion every two weeks. That also helps them tremendously. As far as cow manure goes, I was unclear on your statement. Were you...

Organic Gardens: manure, compost manure, flower beds
compost manure, flower beds, food crops: I am not sure how you could tell if it is old enough. The thing that you need to do is compost the manure. I am attaching a website that goes through these instructions very clearly. Depending how much you have -- meaning if there is not just tons of...

Organic Gardens: Is my organic potting soil really organic?, organic potting soil, organic heirloom seeds
organic potting soil, organic heirloom seeds, poultry litter: Let the buyer beware, but that s what happens when you purchase organic from a multinational corporation. Good thing you read the label. Bad thing you read it after it was paid for. Any chance you can return this to the store? That kind of statement...

Organic Gardens: sugar as dollarweed killer, charles sturt university, north east victoria
charles sturt university, north east victoria, soil nitrate: As I understand the chemistry of this process, the sugar does in fact neutralize the nitrate. My best educated guess is that sugar treatment of a lawn will not harm tree roots generally speaking, but certain species of trees might be susceptible and would...

Organic Gardens: Buying compost., blueberry barrens, sphagnum peat
blueberry barrens, sphagnum peat, dupage county illinois: First, there s Coast of Maine products, including an organic compost, is carried by Whole Foods Markets throughout the nation, including Wheaton, your county seat. The Portland, Me., company takes refuse from the region s plentiful salmon aquaculture farms,...

Organic Gardens: Vegetable Garden, fish fertilizer, peat moss
fish fertilizer, peat moss, potting mix: The lighter color means they need nitrogen. I would use fish fertilizer. Let them dry a little before watering, they may be too wet. Or too dry. The soil should be moist but not soggy wet. They will need a lot of heat, if they can be brought inside at night...

Organic Gardens: Chia seed fertilization, sustainability, growing organic food
sustainability, growing organic food: You are not just buying certified organic products, you are supporting a sustainable way of life. Chemicals do not sustain the earth, their use pollutes the water tables, poisons beneficial insects, and we end up eating the chemicals that end up in our food,...

Organic Gardens: Eliminating violets from beds, homemade weed killer, homemade vinegar
homemade weed killer, homemade vinegar, vegetation killer: Dear Susan: You can use the homemade vinegar/soap/sugar mixture as a vegetation killer, with proper mixing and careful application it will kill practically any vegetation including grass. Important to remember that this homemade weed killer is not a systemic...

Organic Gardens: garden shower and garden friendly soap, polyethylene glycol, methyl ethyl ketone
polyethylene glycol, methyl ethyl ketone, ethyl methyl: It s the bubbles and foam in shampoo, soap, dishwashing liquid etc that are said to have the greatest negative impact on the environment. But just because a label calls itself castile , don t think only good people have the right to use that label. In fact,...

Organic Gardens: green bean bugs, red pepper spray, spice section
red pepper spray, spice section, cayenne pepper: Dear Dana: Cayenne pepper is an effective organic deterrent for bugs on your green beans. Here s the recipe: Red Pepper spray for insect control 2 TBSP Red pepper (i.e. Cayenne pepper from spice section) 6 drops of dishwashing liquid 1 gallon...

Organic Gardens: Organic fertilizer petunias, fish fertilizer, fish emulsion
fish fertilizer, fish emulsion, organic fertilizer: Dear Jennifer: To keep up with the fast, sprawling growth of wave petunias; apply organic fertilizer monthly or every couple of weeks. If you prepared the soil well, a liquid feed of hydrolyzed fish emulsion and seaweed extract should keep your petunias...

Organic Gardens: Getting rid of biting bugs organically, kids play area, insect larvae
kids play area, insect larvae, playground mulch: Government stats count 63 species of Mosquito in the borders of the Garden State, which boasts not only the oldest but the most advanced anti-Mosquito program in the nation. 100 years ago, in fact, New Jersey was so badly plagued by Mosquitoes that parts...

Organic Gardens: Sweet Corn, corn flea beetle, insecticide control
corn flea beetle, insecticide control, yellow streaks: Dear Steve: I fear that your sweet corn may have contracted Stewart s wilt which is caused by a bacterium Erwinia stewartii (syn. Pantoea stewartii) that can spread systemically throughout the plant. Stewart s wilt is a a bacterium that enters through...

Organic Gardens: Vinegar Recipe, home made weed killer, strawberry plants
home made weed killer, strawberry plants, allexperts: Dear Nancy: Vinegar is not selective when it is sprayed on plants. It has the potential to kill any and all foliage. This means that if you spray weeds in your lawn, your grass will die as easily as the weed. If you spray weeds in your flower bed or vegetable...

Organic Gardens: bush bean bugs, Rotonone, organic pesticide
Rotonone, organic pesticide: You could try that. I personally would use Rotonone, a fast acting light sensitive organic pesticide that will kill just about anything. So don t put it on in the early morning because it is toxic to bees and other beneficial day time insects. Put it on...

Organic Gardens: corn gluten safety, corn gluten in dog food, health food store
corn gluten in dog food, health food store, contamination problem: Great points, Carol. I figure that for every question I get, maybe 100 people in the world will wonder the same thing. These are questions that should be addressed. Let s get started. First, let s get that Corn Gluten contamination problem out of the...

Organic Gardens: green beans, cayenne pepper spray, red pepper spray
cayenne pepper spray, red pepper spray, lady beetles: Dear Mike: Pyrethrin/rotenone are chemical gardening controls which are extracted from plants. However, these chemicals have their caution side including the toxicity to beneficial insects such as lady beetles. I suggest you consider using cayenne pepper...

Organic Gardens: epson salt, Epsom Salt, Pepper Plants
Epsom Salt, Pepper Plants: Dear Debbie: Glad you like the site!! The recipe for the pepper spray is: In a gallon bucket mix water and one tablespoon of Epsom salt. Make certain the Epsom salt completely dissolves. Wait until the pepper plants are in the blooming stage. Spray...

Organic Gardens: green bean plants, bean plants, master gardener
bean plants, master gardener, virus disease: Dear Cathy: I suspect your green beans may have mosaic virus disease. This disease is often carried in the seed used for planting. Viruses are difficult to control and a challenge to isolate their origin. Two fungicidal organic type products may offer...

Organic Gardens: micro organisms, natural life span, dead organisms
natural life span, dead organisms, lived plants: Dear Mikayla: Reference: Offwell Woodland & Wildlife Trust Website All living organisms on earth will eventually die. Many plants naturally complete their life cycle and die within a year, but even the longer lived plants such as trees have a limited...

Organic Gardens: Organic Lawn & Weeds, scotts miracle gro, lawn weeds
scotts miracle gro, lawn weeds, pesticides herbicides: One of the things the pesticides industry has been very effective at is to present Lawn care almost as a regimen of hygiene. Your husband is actually WORRIED about the weeds. Like cleanliness, Weedlessness is next to Godliness. Worried. He along with...

Organic Gardens: sulfur, liquid sulfur, springtime
liquid sulfur, springtime, nutrients: You are basically adding sulfuric acid to your plants..and it will burn them..it should be done in the winter, mixing it into the soil in letting it set over the winter, and then turning it in at springtime with other needed nutrients. For more information...

Organic Gardens: Unknown Garden Veggie, corned beef and cabbage, cabbage plants
corned beef and cabbage, cabbage plants, master gardener: Dear Robert: I do believe you have young cabbage plants growing...and they are absolutely beautiful!! Invite me over for coleslaw or corned beef and cabbage when the crop comes in....!!! Regards, Mack Jean AllExperts Master Gardener Tennesse...

Organic Gardens: Watering gardens, drip irrigation systems, drip irrigation system
drip irrigation systems, drip irrigation system, lawns and gardens: Dear Toby: Drip irrigation systems are a far more efficient method of irrigating lawns and gardens. Water is delivered slowly and directly to the roots of the plants and lawn using a hose which is literally full of tiny holes. As water is delivered slowly...

Organic Gardens: Converting lawn/grass to garden, kill grass with newspaper, mulch
kill grass with newspaper, mulch: Yes. You can use newspapers and mulch to kill grass, but I would make sure I had at least an half-inch of newspapers, and four - six inches of mulch over that. In a month or so you should be able to dig a hole anywhere you want and just plant new shrubs. ...

Organic Gardens: chia, garden loam, insect visitors
garden loam, insect visitors, chia seeds: Dear Sara: Annual wild flowers, such as chia, are generally planted directly into a prepared bed or border area. Chia requires full sun, good drainage and only enough water to become established. Do not plant chia near lawns and other plants that require...

Organic Gardens: moths, control moths in garden, organic pesticide for moths
control moths in garden, organic pesticide for moths, BT: The best way to control moths and their larvae is a product called BT. BT is an organic insecticide which is short for Bacillus Thuringiensis. It is a dust that is non-toxic to humans and beneficial insects (bees and butterflies) but highly effective against...

Organic Gardens: freeze yellow squash, freezing yellow squash
freezing yellow squash: Dear Steve: Yes, you can freeze yellow squash. The Internet link below will give you all the details on the freezing process: http://www.pickyourown.org/freezing_summer_squash.htm Yellow squash from the freezer is a nice treat during...

Organic Gardens: noodle water on garden, trace nutrients, master gardener
trace nutrients, master gardener, garden plants: Dear Shelly: If you cooked the noodles in WATER ONLY without added salt, vinegar, or other additives; then the leftover water would likely be safe for watering your garden. The leftover water will contain various minerals and starches leached from the noodles...

Organic Gardens: Pole bean pests, bean pest, chewing pest
bean pest, chewing pest: Some kind of chewing insect - you could try BT, an organic worm and caterpillar biologic control, or at dusk you could use Rotonone (a powder) which is an all purpose organic insect killer...but wash it off early in the morning because it will also kill bees...

Organic Gardens: rhubarb, winterizing in northern Mn, compost pile, drought conditions
compost pile, drought conditions, master gardener: Dear Sally, Rhubarb needs cold to trigger spring growth. Rhubarb tolerates cold temperatures (-20 degrees F) very well. Cut the last few stalks after the first hard frost and throw them on the compost pile. Then spread a layer (3-5 ) of compost, leaves,...

Organic Gardens: science fair project, radish seeds, cow manure
radish seeds, cow manure, seed germination: Great Science Fair topic, Catherine. First, if you are going to use Manure to grow anything, it must be AGED (also called CURED ) Manure. Fresh Manure (usually less than 1 year old) will burn the bejeezus out of anything you try to grow. Aged Manure...

Organic Gardens: toxicity of cement on plants next to foundation wall, cement blocks garden
cement blocks garden: Actually the answer is really simple....not enough water. The cement absorbs water, acting like a sponge....we had the same problem in a garden we lined with bricks. Nothing along the edges did very well, and one day we realized it was heat retention and...

Organic Gardens: grass in the flowerbeds, ornimental grasses, devil grass
ornimental grasses, devil grass, burmuda grass: Bermudagrass is one of the most death-defying onerous mega-headaches on the 21st century gardening brain. In some places, it s called Devil Grass . Others call it Couch Grass . Still others call it Bermuda Grass . I call it The Weed From Hell. ...

Organic Gardens: reliable chia seed, mucus layer, chia seeds
mucus layer, chia seeds, plants and seeds: Dear Homayun: My research found four Internet sources of Chia seed including: http://www.HidalgoFoods.Com http://www.GetChia.Com http://www.Amazon.Com http://www.ResearchedProducts.Com I have not used any of the above, therefore cannot vouch for...

Organic Gardens: green beetles, tablespoon vegetable oil, garden pest control
tablespoon vegetable oil, garden pest control, organic garden pest control: Dear Erana: The website shown below provides excellent organic pest control recipes: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/organic/natural-home-pesticides-organic-garden-pest-control.htm I have listed below two organic pest control recipes from gardeningknowhow.com:...

Organic Gardens: Keeping deer away, deer resistant annuals, poison hemlock
deer resistant annuals, poison hemlock, conium maculatum: Deer gardener, As a Bambi-loving Long Islander, I admit that I don’t relate to this problem. Last time I discussed it, I was upstate, and someone mentioned that the region is infested with Deer. When WE get infested , it s usually under an inch long...

Organic Gardens: stink bugs on fruit trees., dormant oil spray, egg parasitoids
dormant oil spray, egg parasitoids, fall frosts: Adults overwinter in weeds on the ground or in protected places outside the orchard like brush piles. They become active in April and feed on broadleaf weeds either in or outside the orchard, usually when the trees are in the pink to early bloom period. Females...

Organic Gardens: organic fertilizer, wheat bran, cane molasses
wheat bran, cane molasses, oyster shell: I really couldn t say. You would have to calculate the percentage of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, for one. Also, salt can be detrimental to many plants - though I doubt that it is present in very high concentrations. The same with the oil. The calcium...

Organic Gardens: organic fertilizers for lawns, organic lawn fertilizer, organic lawns
organic lawn fertilizer, organic lawns, pre emergent herbicide: Walter: Chicken meals are mostly soybeans, which is a good fertilizer. It would probably be cheaper to buy the soybean meal, however. Cornmeal as a fertilizer is rather expensive. It is used as a pre-emergent herbicide, but is not really very effective. ...

Organic Gardens: Safety of Snapshot Herbicide on fruit trees, blueberry bushes, liberal sprinkling
blueberry bushes, liberal sprinkling, apricot tree: Thank you for writing, Fran. I apologize for being so delayed in my response, but it is a very busy time of year and I am quite overextended. Your question is important. There are two problems with these chemicals. First, there s the weak government...

Organic Gardens: Help... My Asparagus!, sow bugs, pill bugs
sow bugs, pill bugs, asparagus: They are not usually a problem unless you have thousands of them! If you have an acid soil, you can pull back the soil and sprinkle wood ashes or water with a weak solution of lime (from limestone) in water will repel Sow and Pill bugs. If they are still...

Organic Gardens: lawn weed pre-emergents, space constraint, fuji apple
space constraint, fuji apple, lawn weed: I apologize for not responding to this more promptly, but unfortunately, Sandy, you ve got 2 questions here and both require very involved answers to hit the nail on the head. I m going to do my best to give you the Reader s Digest versions for both of them,...

Organic Gardens: Roundup contamination, roundup, organic soil building
roundup, organic soil building, how long weed killer lasts in soil: Roundup is relatively short lived. Even if there are some residual chemicals left in the soil after the weed killer has evaporated, these chemicals will have been leeched away after one or two good rainfalls or deep waterings. I would think in three weeks...

Organic Gardens: Soil Acidity, soil acidity, geological histories
soil acidity, geological histories, cup runneth: All that trouble and expense -- What about all that other work you re about to do? Tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, probably carrots and radishes and maybe watermelons and pumpkins and a few herbs .... believe me, you start out with this little plan, and...

Organic Gardens: strawberries, pesticide residue, pesticide residues
pesticide residue, pesticide residues, hi thanks: If he says he is spraying before blossoming, he is either spraying the leaves or the soil. Some chemicals may be absorbed through the leaves or roots, but I don t know if any residue is found in the subsequent fruits. If you are still concerned, ask the farmer...

Organic Gardens: strawberries, plant biologist, master gardener
plant biologist, master gardener, danger level: Dear Gia: Unfortunately, I m not a plant biologist which limits my ability to answer your question. I am of the single opinion that the method this farmer uses is safe and effective and that the danger level of absorption of pesticides that absorb into...

Organic Gardens: using recycled paper, color advertisements, master gardener
color advertisements, master gardener, ink on the paper: Re: Follow-up Let s be hypothetical: The black ink on the paper is possibly made of unknown chemicals that could be toxic or harmless soy. If one can accept that fact and further consider that comparing the ratio volume of ink on the paper versus the volume...

Organic Gardens: Weed Killer for Garden, Preen, weed killer
Preen, weed killer, weed control: Dear Chris: Mind you that what I am about to recommend IS NOT AN ORGANIC Class product. However, it appears you have some latitude in this regard since your grandfather uses non-organic Roundup. Suggest you use a product called Preen which is applied...

Organic Gardens: lye on flowers, acidity, lime
Organic Gardens: lye on flowers, acidity, lime, soil

Organic Gardens: lye on flowers, harmony farm supply, peaceful valley farm supply
harmony farm supply, peaceful valley farm supply, organic pest controls: That is totally different! Ok, lime is only used as a soil ammendment to make an acid soil more acidic. If you have a healthy soil, you will grow healthy, insect resistant plants. Test your soil and balance it. For more information on creating a healthy...

Organic Gardens: munched green bean sprouts, green beans, slug prevention
green beans, slug prevention: I would mulch and see if that helps. It looks like they are too wet at ground level, but I don t really know. I know they like to be on the dry, and sunny, side. For slugs, if you have a fenced garden or a perimeter, you can mound up sawdust about 8 inches...

Organic Gardens: Organic, ammonium nitrate, master gardener
ammonium nitrate, master gardener, allexperts: Dear Jack: Ammonium nitrate is a man made chemical and therefore is not organic as it relates to organic gardening. Organic materials are created by animals, plants, insects, or microbes in nature. Synthetic materials, even if they simulate the chemical...

Organic Gardens: Tomato plants, drip irrigation, tomato plants
drip irrigation, tomato plants, root portion: RE: Follow-Up Question Dear Diane: Suggest one of the following for your tomato plants: 1. Plant wicks are great devices for watering indoor plants and are relatively inexpensive. You can find them at most garden supply stores. The larger the container...

Organic Gardens: wax beans, beans being eaten by bugs, beans
beans being eaten by bugs, beans: They may be too wet, or to shaded. Do you have slugs or snails? Have you tested your soil? Have you mulched? Beans like hot full sun, and cool roots, without too much water...soap won t hurt them, but I don t think that will solve the problem. http://www.avant-gardening.com...

Organic Gardens: cow dung, cow dung in garden, cow manure tea
cow dung in garden, cow manure tea, manure tea: To use cow dung in the garden you can either compost it: http://www.avant-gardening.com/composting.html (how to make compost) or you can use it as a manure tea by placing some in a barrel and filling the barrel with water...then water your garden with it....

Organic Gardens: Detecting pesticides, soil testing, testing soil for chemical residue
soil testing, testing soil for chemical residue, testing plants for chemical residues: The only way of being sure is to have the soil or plant tissues tested. You can test these by sending a sample to: http://www.al-labs-plains.com/index.html They are inexpensive and will give you a complete soil analysis. A&L Plains Agricultural Laboratory,...

Organic Gardens: Green Bean Plants not doing well, loamy soil, oxygen molecules
loamy soil, oxygen molecules, soil particles: Raised beds are an effective way to address poor drainage. But overwatering won t be solved any way other than by NOT overwatering. Like anything, this often is easier said than done. This is the most common cause of failure in the U.S. garden for a reason....

Organic Gardens: leaf fungus, disposable latex gloves, overhead irrigation
disposable latex gloves, overhead irrigation, soil level: Dear Jane: Leaf spots on Myrtus Communis are caused by fungi or bacteria. Brown or black spots and patches may be either ragged or circular, with a water soaked or yellow-edged appearance. Insects, rain, dirty garden tools, or even people can help its spread....

Organic Gardens: sunflowers, toilet paper roll, beetle larvae
toilet paper roll, beetle larvae, hungry birds: I appreciate your commitment to chemical-free gardening, Anne. If the weather was cooler -- right now, here on Long Island, it is variable -- you could cover them with a clear plastic bag to guard them from passing vegetarians. Slug bait that stops slugs...

Organic Gardens: watermelons, dry grass, soil test
dry grass, soil test, mysterious friend: A.M., my mysterious friend, there is no other way to say this. To grow Watermelons, you have to know what s in your Soil. And the only way to know that is by testing it. You need a Soil test. It doesn t matter where you live. How much you love Watermelons....