- To keep your orchid plants healthy, remember to keep the light and humidity up, repot them about every two years, and enjoy.
- If you don’t use orchids as cut flowers, keep the faded blossoms pinched off -- unless, of course, you are growing seed. While orchids have suffered from a bad press, they can be delightful, if sometimes bulky, indoor plants.
- Orchids that are kept clean and watched carefully do not have many problems except occasional visits from the usual indoor pests. Wash the plants
carefully to head off pests before they become established.
Watch carefully for leaf spots like this, as they may indicate that your orchid is getting too much light or has a disease.
- Use an old
toothbrush to get rid of orchid scale, mealy-bugs, and such. Snails and
slugs can be especially annoying when they feast on flower buds.
Fortunately, these invaders can be picked off by hand.
- Leaves turn yellow from too much sun, too much water, or old age.
- Buds often drop when temperatures fluctuate.
- Plants may refuse to bloom altogether if they do not get their proper rest or enough light. In some areas, air pollution can be a problem.
- Transparent, water-soaked spots can indicate the presence of fungus.
- Avoid disease by maintaining good air circulation, refraining from crowding plants, watering carefully, and avoiding the spread of disease from one plant to another.
- Brown or black spots are usually due to burning by the sun, but they can be due to disease. Diseased plants should be isolated immediately and probably destroyed.
- If you have problems that cannot be treated successfully with recommendations from your orchid source or local orchid society, discard the plant, the pot, and its mix.
Healthy, happy, and carefully cared for, the orchids in your collection are bound to grow and flourish. Continue to the next page and learn how to propagate even more of your favorites.
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