SOAPS: A Detergent as a Pest Control

Ailments Orchid Doctor

by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

Posted by Sys Admin almost 6 years ago.

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For scale on a small number of plants soapy water and a toothbrush can be used effectively for spider mites; a soapy spray will control them for a while but will not eradicate them. A83-600
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SOAPS: As Insecticides Detergents are as good as soaps; liquid soap is as good as dissolved chips from bar soaps, any popular brand of soap is as good (almost) as a commercial soap insecticide but they must be used with caution because a 2 percent solution can damage a wide range of (non-orchid) plants; a 1.5 percent (1.6 to 2,4 fluid oz. of soap per gallon) is effective; with forced spray a much milder solution is O.K. Wayne S. Moore; RMHThey are fatty acid salts and provide action against bacteria, fungi and organisms; some are toxic to certain insects and mites and others affect algae, lichens, liverworts. Ca81(4)-43 0
SOAPS: As Pesticides When fertilizing, for every 10 tablespoons of dry fertilizer one tablespoon of a biodegradable soap product is added to the proportioner solution and this prevents fungi and algae growth throughout and keeps plants spotless. A84-697 0

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