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Tam

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PostSubject: Scarid Fly   Mon Oct 11, 2010 7:30 pm

I had a bit of a disaster with this plant, a clump of M.painteri ' Montrose Form '. It looked alright but then suddenly collasped into this.



On a closer look in was full of Sacrid Fly maggots which had totally eaten the main body of the inside of the plant. You can just make out a few of the maggots on the end of this single head.



It was not all bad new has I was able to save 11 single heads which were cleaned and treated with a hormone rooting powder and I have another clump which is still looking good.
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PostSubject: Re: Scarid Fly   Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:35 pm

Oh, nasty! I've not had problems with this pest recently, which I put down to using a much more gritty compost, though I think the JI #3 that I use as a part of the soil stiull has some peat in it. I have heard that it is the peat that they like.
But good to know that you have saved plenty of heads.

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PostSubject: Re: Scarid Fly   Wed Oct 13, 2010 6:48 pm

Euw. My condolences Tam. And there was you saying that you didn't get many visitors. Although I'm sure that you'd prefer not to have too many guests of this kind!

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PostSubject: Re: Scarid Fly   Mon Oct 18, 2010 6:56 pm

Well, its does give me the push to get on with something. In the picture below I have cleaned up the offsets from the plant above ( right hand side ) and I have taken some offsets from some others such has vetula gracilis P 461, beneckei ( which offsets like mad but never flowers ) and I have broken up a small clump of a nice golden spined marcosii.

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