Protect Your Orchid from Bacteria and Fungi Protect Your Orchid from Bacteria and Fungi
Growing orchid flowers are not always the easiest task. They require specific amounts of sunlight and fertilizer as well as the appropriate soil to survive. Add on top of that, the threat of pests, bacteria and even fungus and it becomes even more complicated. While there are not many predators of the orchid flower, there are some natural pests that may harm your flowers in which you can prevent from becoming completely detrimental to your garden. There are, however, some natural solutions to cure your orchids from disease.
Watch the Amount that you Water Your Flowers
One of the biggest culprits while dealing with rotting orchid roots comes from fungi. However, an easy solution to this problem is to make sure that you do not over water your flowers. If the pots that they are planted in have proper drainage, there should be no problems with mold or any other fungus attaching themselves to the roots. Fungus usually finds refuge in pots where the water has been stagnant which will not only attract unwanted pests, but also harm your orchid roots regardless.
If you do notice that there is fungus growing on your orchids, it is usually because the roots and leaves have had a lack of airflow. Changing pots if there isn’t enough open airflow might be the quickest solution to this problem. Find a pot that has plenty of ventilation as well as plenty of room for the roots to grow. Choose a plastic pot that is built for orchids and this will lessen the potential for unwanted fungi and bacteria to seep in.
Bacteria and Other Unwanted Pests
Stagnant water will not only attract mold and fungus, but bacteria as well. Bacteria in your orchid roots will then attract insects that will feast on not only the orchid leaves but also the flowers when they are in bloom as well. Maintaining drainage in your orchid plants will insure that aphids and mealy bugs stay away from the plants and not experience any damage.
Neglected orchids plants also attract snails and other slugs that love to devour the leaves. In extreme cases it is necessary to purchase an over the counter spray that will keep these pests away. There are many that are also not harmful to the rest of your garden and can be purchased at affordable prices.
Spray your flowers conservatively and bacteria and bugs should be gone within a few days. You will need to keep a keen watch on their results over the next few weeks. If they continue to show signs of deterioration, dilute the solution before you spray again. Replant the orchids as well if they are having consistent problems with insects and fungi, as their new home should be a sterile environment that will help them survive. Change pots every 1 to 2 years, especially if you are experiencing problems with predators. This shall insure that new bacteria and pests will not find their way to your orchid garden. Taking these natural precautions will cause them to thrive.