Actara for orchids is an indispensable tool in pest control. A broad-spectrum drug is used for many varieties of indoor plants.
- Chemical composition and properties
- Principle of operation
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- Release form and degree of danger
- Dosage and application
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- Scheme of use
Chemical composition and properties
Actara belongs to insecticidal chemical preparations belonging to the group of neonicotinoids. nent – thiamethoxam (up to ¼ of the whole composition).
It has a wide range of applications, acting on different types of pests of indoor plants. Recommended for use against the appearance on the phalaenopsis:
- spider mite,
- mushroom mosquitoes,
- powdery worms,
- scale insects,
Actara is equally effective when applied both to the substrate and when spraying a flower.
Principle of action
Soaks into the root system, getting through vom vascular system along with food and water in the leaves. Distributed into cells 12 hours after application. After 1-3 days, the upper vegetative parts of the flower reach.It acts on nicotine acetylcholine receptors of the nervous system of insects and their larvae when ingested.
Compatible with other flowers that stimulate flower growth and other fungicidal and insecticidal agents. It cannot be used in conjunction with substances that are capable of alkaline reactions.
It remains effective for 2-8 weeks, including when spraying – 2-4 weeks, when watering – 6-8 weeks.
It has several advantages when used for orchids and other indoor and garden flowers:
- has increased biological activity;
- is stable to moisture;
- save ene, as used in small dosages;
- does not cause insects to get used to it; therefore, it is permissible for them to process orchids repeatedly;
- a fast-acting agent;
- is applicable in case of emergency;
- has an effectiveness over the long term.
Release form and hazard rating
The main release forms are available for domestic use:
- liquid concentrated suspension with a volume of 250 ml,
- ready-made working solution with a volume of 1 l and bottles of 9 ml,
- water-dispersible granules in a pack 4 grams and 250 g.
It belongs to the third hazard class and requires the use of personal protective equipment when working with it. It is recommended to plant and process flowers outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Increased toxicity of the drug to bees and average toxicity to birds, fish and worms were noted.
Dosage and use
To process the orchid and substrate with Aktara, released in the form of granular powder, according to the instructions, it is necessary to dilute it at the rate of:
- 4 g of the chemical product in 5 l of water to spray the plant or water under the root in the fight against pests – aphids, thrips, scab,
- 1 g of product per 10 l of water to water the flower for preventive purposes and cure soil flies and mushroom mosquitoes.
Dosage Actaras for orchids during secondary processing are increased, increasing the concentration up to 20 times.
In case of massive damage to the orchid by insects, it is recommended to treat the substrate with Aktara simultaneously by watering and vegetative parts of the orchid by spraying. In this case, it is permissible to dilute the working solution with a high concentration, at the rate of 4 g of the product per 1 liter of water.
To treat the flowers with liquid Actara, the proportions for the working fluid, in which it is recommended by the instructions to dilute the suspension to water the plants under the root, are 1ml per 10l of water.
Dilute the chemical according to the instructions with warm water at a temperature of 25 ° C. A solution with Actara for processing orchids is prepared immediately before its use. Unused product is not to be stored.
Use sprayers during the spraying process. Before using Actara, the orchid is not watered, because watering reduces the effectiveness of the active substance on the roots of the plant. Treatment against thrips, aphids and scale insects should be repeated.
It is possible to use it for prophylactic purposes before transplanting if you soak phalaenopsis in a solution with Actara, which allows the plant to grow stronger, take root faster and increase resistance against pests.
Aktara is an easy-to-use drug that can be used not only by experienced flower growers, but also amateur beginners.