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Mealybugs on Orchids: 7 Remedies to Eliminate Them For Good

What’s the white stuff on my orchid leaves? Mealybugs look like white fuzz, elaborate cotton candy, or the result of a drunk spider trying to make its web. Theses insects chew away at orchid tenders, concentrating on younger growths: any new roots, leaves, sheaths, and new buds. The younger the sprout on your orchid, the more hydrated the cells are, rich with minerals and nutrients. This is extremely attractive to mealybugs, and other insects and pests as well.

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What's An Orchid Node? & 9 Other Flower Spike Questions - Orchideria

When it comes to cutting the flower spike on orchids, a lot of questions and insecurities flourish, especially if this is the first time you’ve cut an orchid spike.

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How To Care For An Orchid Plant

Orchid care isn’t as hard as you think. Learn all there is to know in this detailed growing guide: water, fertilizer, soil, light, pruning, and much more!

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Orchids Under Glass

For a pretty display on my kitchen table, I decided to "kopy kat" an idea I saw in the January issue of "Better Homes and Gardens" magazine. The article explains how to put orchids creatively in tall vases. An orchid expert tells how to keep the orchids' roots healthy while they are in the vases. I have been downsizing my vase collection so I don't have the straight-sided vases that I used to. I did find three former (spigots are broken) clear glass drink dispensers in the attic. I turned the spigots towards the window so they are less obvious. I found three orchids on sale at the grocery store on sale for only $10 each. I had intentions of following the directions in the magazine for keeping the roots moist while they are out of the pot and under glass. The problem was that when I got the orchids out of the pots and into the glass containers, I loved seeing the twisted and curly roots. I didn't want to cover them up with rocks, etc. I did think that the jars needed more orchid medium to not look so skimpy so I got some more at Home Depot. To get the new orchid medium down in the bottom of the containers in the places that needed it, I used a technique I learned when I was making terrariums. Making a funnel out of paper and placing the narrow end where you want the medium (or soil) to land in the container, guides it without getting stuff on the leaves, or places that you don't want it. Another tip is to to use a cork on a wooden skewer to move the medium (or soil) around as needed without trying to get your hands or fingers down in the glass (and perhaps breaking a leaf). Here are the containers with more orchid medium in the bottom and around the base of the roots. The magazine's instructions say to disassemble the orchids, rocks, etc. every 7-10 days and soak the roots in tepid water then reassemble them. Because my roots are exposed, I give them about ten spritzes of water everyday (trying to get to all the roots in the bottom of the container) to compensate for any lost moisture. I move them to the kitchen area for their spritzing so I don't get water on the wood table. So far the roots are staying green and look happy. The atmosphere inside the containers stays moist for an hour or so everyday. When the flowers fall off I will re-pot the orchids. For now I am enjoying not only the flowers but also the roots of the orchids under glass. This was a very easy project to copy...you might like to try it also and give it your own spin! Here's a good image to "pin" for Pinterest ...

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Fertilizer Supplements: Is Epsom Salt Good for Orchids?

Orchid fertilization is not a complicated subject, but the more you immerse yourself in the different possibilities, the more fascinating it gets. Well, at least for me… I once thought that fertilizing with a balanced fertilizer, 20-20-20 year-round was sufficient. Then I read about not using one with urea nitrogen in it. Then the question came up about using Epsom Salt for fertilization. In all, is Epsom Salt good for orchids?

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How to Water Your Orchids Correctly, so They Don't Die

There is only one correct way to water an orchid! Find out How to water your orchids and you'll have your orchid for years to come.

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A Simple Hack That Anyone With An Orchid Needs To Know

You don't need a green thumb to take care of this plant!

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Eggshells as Orchid Fertilizer Supplements

If you’ve grown orchids for a while, you’ve probably run across the question of using eggshells as a calcium supplement for orchid fertilizer. When you start researching what all goes into the fertilizers, it’s almost natural that you’d want to take a step back and refrain from commercially produced brands. The chemical overload in these fertilizers are nothing to joke about. The next step in this thinking process, is why not make your own? Eggshells, banana peels, tea bags, molasses, cucumber skin, potato rinds, coffee grounds… What is actually a good idea for a fertilizer supplement, and what is a pure waste of time? In this article, I’ll focus only on eggshells, and the pros and cons of using it as a fertilizer in your orchid potting mix.

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Properties of Cinnamon on an Orchid: Antifungal or Desiccant? - Orchideria

There is a lot of wrong advice about cinnamon on the internet that just makes me want to shiver—especially when it comes to applying cinnamon on orchids. It seems like if you tell a lie once, it’s still a lie, but if you publish it on the internet, it miraculously becomes true. Cinnamon has become another one of these tales (just like watering with ice cubes) that has caused misinformation and has had a hand in the death of many orchids. Cinnamon is not all bad for orchids. In fact, it has many positive properties.

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Using Egghells as Fertilizer Supplements for Orchids

If you’ve grown orchids for a while, you’ve probably run across the question of using eggshells as a calcium supplement for orchid fertilizer. When you start researching what all goes into the fertilizers, it’s almost natural that you’d want to take a step back and refrain from commercially produced brands. The chemical overload in these fertilizers are nothing to joke about. The next step in this thinking process, is why not make your own? Eggshells, banana peels, tea bags, molasses, cucumber skin, potato rinds, coffee grounds… What is actually a good idea for a fertilizer supplement, and what is a pure waste of time? In this article, I’ll focus only on eggshells, and the pros and cons of using it as a fertilizer in your orchid potting mix.

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