Orchids are the rock stars of the gardening world. They’re not quite like any other plant that most florists or home gardeners have. Instead of being in a pot and planted in soil, most orchids are hanging plants that could just go down like vines from pieces of driftwood. They can form a very alluring curtain of intricate and fragile blooms. They also exude a sweet and subtle aroma that should just be irresistible to both insects and people alike.
Of course when you talk about insects you also have to talk about pests. Unfortunately, not all bugs are just interested in your flowers’ pollen. Some could be downright vicious! The pests that take refuge in the leaves of some orchid plants have been known to eat their way through leaves. Some secrete certainly chemicals that cause parts of the plant to die.
This article is all about making sure that your plants can take on this onslaught of critters and disease. This is how you make your orchids healthy and free from pests and infestation. You shell out a good amount of money for these plants so it’s good to know the ways to maximize their life span and enhance their innate beauty.
- Be aware of the water requirement of your orchids. Since most orchids are aerophiles, they can get the moisture out of the air and absorb them into their systems. This requires an environment where there is a lot of mist in the air. When watering your plants, you may use a spray bottle that gives off a fine mist instead of a garden hose. A strong hose can be quite dangerous since the pressure can damage the delicate structures of the plant.
- To stave off pests and disease, you may prepare a simple detergent solution with water and soap. Just put it in a small basin and just take a small tooth brush. Dip the brush in the solution and care full brush the exposed roots of the plant. This can kill off any fungus or bacteria that may try to damage the structural integrity of the plant.
- Once you see massive discoloration (usually yellowing or in worse cases, browning and blackening), you would have to cut off the piece that’s diseased. Don’t worry, it will grow back. Your main concern should be stopping the spread of disease from one part of the plant to another. Taking out the part that has the fungus or infestation makes the plant’s chances of surviving the current problem better. Coat the end of cut tip with an anti-fungal and anti-pest solution. This would seal off the exposed insides of the root or stem making it less vulnerable to future attacks.
- Fertilizers are generally unnecessary. Orchids were originally exotic plants in the rain forest. If they could survive in that environment, they could definitely thrive in your garden.
With a little love and attention your orchids should be the star of the garden for many seasons to come. Just remember to check on them every time you can and they should be alright.