In Orchid Care The Flower Will Tell You About Some Diseases

A Story of: Orchid Care the flower.

The orchid flower is usually a thing of beauty. When diseases strike it can be tell - tale. Like the leaves, the orchid flower can tell you a great deal. Let's take a look at what we will learn.

Orchid Care:  The Flower

Spotting of Flowers

A sign of fungal infection or mold is pink or light brown spots on the flower. When you see either, caring for orchids will suggest to be careful with your other plants as the infection can spread to other plants.

Remove the orchid flower or flowers that are affected. The remedy is to get more circulation.

Flowers With Punctures

Yes, with orchid care the flower aphids can be an important pest as well as other sucking insects like Thrips or Mealybug and occassionaly scale.

Orchid care the flower suggests that the remedy is spray the orchid with with some sort of a pesticide. I will initially use Safer soaps but if that does not do the trick I will move to a Bayer product that has Imidacloprid as an active ingredient. But but be careful and use a face mask and gloves when using any pesticide.

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Flowers With Mottled Colors

With respect to flower color variation I suggest getting a second opinion from an orchid expert.Flower mottling or striation can come from breeding or a mutation. Or the cause could be a virus. If a virus is suspected then it is best to isolate the plant from other plants. If it is a virus some might recommend destroying the plant. However for a small collection or a non commercial grower this is not really necessary.

Bruised Flowers

The causes of bruising are many.  It could simply be from mechanical injury. If this is the case the area of damage will not increase or go on to an other orchid flower.

But it could also be from slugs or even cockroaches. You may need to investigate and use some thing to deal with them like dust or to bait them. If from cockroaches then diazinon or Sevin on the ground around the plant, on the plant and the pot as well.

Caring for orchids also shows that the bruising on a orchids flower scan be from red aphids. If so, use the malathion treatment.

Rapid Wilting Of The Flower

If you see wilting of the flower, especially the dorsal or upper septal this can be caused by a sudden temperature change or pollination from an "unknown" pollinator. (I didn't think orchid flowers were that particular!!)

The remedies are those that make sense, moderate the temperature changes and remove the affected flowers. Not sure what to do for the unknown attacker.

Deformed Flowers

Caring for orchids is not complete without the a word about deformed orchids and some attention to a deformed orchid flower. Common causes include;

  • low humidity or high temp when the buds were developing
  • mechanical or chemical injury during bud formation
  • the bud has acquired an unexplained deformity
  • the potential of a virus infection, (you see many of the flowers have the deformity). Need to isolate the plant.

Caring for orchids does involve looking at the "whole plant". In caring for orchids the flower is important.

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