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SOAPS: A Detergent as a Pest Control 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 0
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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  1. Robert H. Findlay commented on member plant Oncidium Sherry Baby by Luesa Estrada
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  4. Carol Holdren commented on topic "Bulbophyllum " by Marc Lefkowitz
  5. Carol Holdren commented on topic "Can a Bealleara re-flower" by Tony Borowiecki
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