On other pages we have looked at various factors in orchid care. Our final part in orchid care part 4 is about the roots of the plant. This is the heart and soul of the plant. If these are not healthy then the whole plant will show the effects.
Orchid care now turns our attention to the roots. Roots disease is difficult to diagnose. The roots actually loss their function and do not supply the plant with the nutrients it needs.
some of the causes include:
Occasionally you will see the whole plant be effected by the infamous "mealy bug".
When this occurs you will note a white cottony mass on the plant or a gray, brown or even black mass underneath the leaves and flower stems.
The treatment includes scrubbing the plant with a soft toothbrush dipped in malathion. You should also spray the greenhouse regularly with malathion. Don't forget to take precautions with spraying, no children or animals and use a face mask.
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