Preventing Disease & Virus
The cornerstone of good culture is good disease management. Being proactive in caring for orchids will prevent many common maladies that can easily destroy a growing collection.
*Purchase healthy, robust plants. Get help from your local orchid society or grower to learn how to select healthy plants. Carefully check potential purchases for signs of pests or disease.
*Purchase plants that are able to thrive in the environment you have to offer. Healthy plants are better able to avoid disease and infestation.
*Isolate new purchases for about 4 weeks from your collection to determine if there are hidden or potential problems with the plants.
*Inspect all your plants regularly to detect early signs of trouble.
*Become knowledgeable about available home remedies that are effective and less invasive to plant tissue.
*Use appropriate fungicides/pesticides only as necessary and per manufacturers recommendations. Ensure that the chemical is specifically labeled for use on orchids.
*Sanitize tools, floors, benches and keep growing area free of trash and discarded plant material.
Submitted by Rhonda Heide