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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 3:48 pm 
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I've only grown under metal hallide HID lights so don't know if this applies to all artificial lighting.

I grow in a north-facing room which is supplemented by 2 x 150 watt HID's and don't have any problems flowering orchids which require high light (ie vandaceous etc)
What I do have a problem with, is that I've come to the conclusion that their scent doesn't seem as strong under artificial lights, I've thought this for several years but now believe this to be the case as I bought a Dendrobium kingianum from my local Sainsburys a couple of days ago, not the most beautiful of orchid flowers but the most incredible scent (up there with the best of them), it is the scent that hits you when you enter the Hall on the first day of the London Orchid show, even though they are on stalls metres away.

Sure mine has that distinct scent, but like other scented orchids I have had, it's not that powerful and not that often during the day???

Maybe it's just me expecting too much from it ?
At the moment I only have the scent of Listerine up my nose (after seeing it recommended as a remedy for mealy bugs), it may not kill them but at least they'll have the cleanest teeth to chew my orchids with.

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Steve, I've found pure soap to be very effective against mealies, less smelly than listerine :-)

You may be right about the scent, i guess its the combination of sunlight, warmth and humidity that brings it out. I grow under CFL lights, but I bring the plants out when they bloom so I can enjoy them. My Brassavola nodosa is very strong, even under the lights but that smells at night so the lights shouldn't make much difference.

For the record I hate the smell of D. kingianum !

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Reduced scent, a very interesting olofactorial observation!
thinkin this may be the case but - no flowers no scent of any kind!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 1:01 pm 
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Telipogon wrote:
For the record I hate the smell of D. kingianum !

Teli, that really surprises me ! :o
Whenever I catch a whiff, it always puts a smile on my face :D
Each to his own I guess ?

I've just moved it into the living room to smell what happens, nothing yet :?

As for mealy bugs, I think I've got to accept that once I've got them, I'll always have them (whatever I use) but just keep on top of them as soon as I see them and they still never cease to amaze me where I find them, one or two will leave the main growing area and climb miles (to them) of wire trellis to get to a single mounted plant up high.


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Steve, for me D. kingianum has honey overtones, and I hate honey, too!

Seriously, the liquid soap works really well. And for scale, seemingly. I agree, though, the little buggers will stop at nothing!

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