Orchids are beautiful plants that can make your home look bright and colourful. If they’re looked after correctly, they can last for years. However, orchids – like other plants – can become infested with pests.
Pests are often beyond your control, but you can oust them for good.
Unfortunately, orchids are prone to a number of pests including aphids, mealybugs, scales, spider mites and thrips.
If you do notice pests on your orchids, then you need to take action straight away.
The Home Depot’s plant expert Eileen has shared exactly what to do if your orchid is “infected” with pests.
“You want to be inspecting it to see if there’s any bugs – mealybugs, scale, any sort of insect or pest that might be attacking your plant.
“Spider mites and mealybugs have a tendency to leave white dots and then they’ll form what looks like either a small cotton mass or possibly a small spider web.
“If you do find something, make sure you pull the plant away from others.
“Quarantine it and create it properly, make sure you check other plants nearby to make sure that they’ve not been infected.”
Before it flowers, a stem or “bract” will appear.
A bract is a modified leaf on a flowering stem that’s just below the flower.
Eileen said: “You will see a small bract come up which will be the new stem which events you will bring new flowers.
“You want to make sure you increase the amount of watering and you also want to increase the amount of fertilisation with proper care you can enjoy your plant for many years.”