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Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Orchid Grower Safety
enthusiast.EventhoughAfter posting a few articles about orchids, I think it is time to write some precautionary note on the safety aspect for orchid enthusiast. Orchids care is important, but the owner also need to be more careful especially when handling insecticides and fungicides. When I spray the more toxic (1st or 2nd degree) chemicals I usually use chemical mask to protect my nose from inhaling the mist. Ensure that I purchase the unit with activated carbon embedded in the filter canister. An eye protection plastic google made specially for this purpose is also recommended. I also see the wind direction and ensure that I am not spraying against the wind. I bath immediately after the chemical application. The toxicity of the chemicals, especially the insecticides depend on the degree as indicated on the label. There are usually 3 levels of toxicity rated. The 1st class has a small pirate logo(skull and 2 crossed bones) and this is seldom recommended unless the orchids collection are heavily infested by pests. I normally use the least toxic one like Malathion or Decis. All chemicals should be stored properly to safeguard against inquisitive children. This small reminder should not be caused for alarm, if a few simple mindful actions taken. It shouldn't stop us from enjoying our beautiful orchid blooms.
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