Pests of orchids
Many owners of orchids are often askedThe question: why does the plant not bloom? The reason for this is often the wrong content of the orchid and, as a consequence, the appearance of pests. To prevent the death of a flower, you need to know the enemy in person. Let's get acquainted with the most common pests of orchids!
Pests of orchids
Notice these pests is very simple: On the plant there are noticeable tubercles under which hide tricky shields. Eating juice of orchids, they slow down the growth of the plant. Often the appearance of the scabbards is associated with the high temperature in the room where the flower is contained.
To get rid of the scabbards, the first thing you needIsolate a sick orchid from other plants. Then you need to arm yourself with a soft toothbrush and clean the leaves of the orchid from the pests under running water. The final stage is the treatment of the plant with an insecticide: the "actellic" or "phytoverm" is best suited.
Aphids are small insects, which can also beSee with the naked eye. This pest most often lives on the reverse side of young leaves, flowers and orchid flower stalks. The presence of aphids is also evidenced by sticky traces on the plant.
Like scabbards, aphids suck out of orchids all the juicesAnd destroys the cells of the plant, injecting into it a poisonous substance. Often this pest appears on those orchids that were not sufficiently watered or sprayed.
To get rid of aphids the soap solution will help. In 1 liter of water you need to put a bar of laundry soap for 5 minutes. Whipping a thick foam, you need to carefully process the leaves and flower stalks of the orchid. At the end of the procedure, an insecticide must be used: a 3% chlorophos solution is best.
This pest will not go unnoticed either! It can be easily recognized by a white coating on the substrate, roots and internal walls of the plant pot. Most often mealybugs appear on weakened, overfed with nitrogen fertilizers, orchids.
Will get rid of mealybugsStick and soap solution. Removing all pests with a cotton swab, you need to treat the plant with a soap solution. At the end of the procedure, the substrate and leaves of the orchid should be sprayed with the "phytoverm" preparation. In 2 weeks it is necessary to repeat all steps.
- Spider mite
If you noticed on leaves or stemsOrchids a thin spiderweb, then the plant is damaged by a spider mite. The first thing to do in this case is to rinse the upper part of the orchid in a soapy solution. Also it is necessary to wash carefully a place where there was an orchid, a pot, a flowerpot or a support under a plant.
Then it is necessary to water abundantly the orchid and makeA small greenhouse, wearing a cellophane package on the plant (these measures will be needed only for 3 days). The increased humidity of air contributes to the death of spider mites. At this time you need to carefully monitor the orchid so that it does not die from the high temperatures inside the hotbed.
Get rid of these pests is extremely difficult, soAs insects have wings and can easily move from one plant to another. Their presence can be recognized by changing the color of the leaves, the appearance of small dots and strokes on the back of the leaf plates.
The appearance of these pests is often associated withLow humidity or with a neighbor plant infected with thrips. The first thing you need to do to the owner of a sick plant is to wash it well under a warm shower.
Then all the damaged areas of the leaves must be removed with scissors. The final stage is the treatment of the orchid with the drug "actinic", according to the instructions.
Hope you can get rid of these tricky pests! Share with your friends practical advice, and also learn how to turn one orchid into 100 plants!