As I mentioned in yesterday’s post (Growing Orchids : Selecting a Healthy Orchid, read it here), today I’ll be sharing a tip I learned from Ryan’s Orchid Care email tips that saved my entire orchid collection from death!
I don’t want to keep you in suspense too long–especially since I know it will help save your orchids too!
Now, this orchid care tip is incredibly simple, but I can’t emphasize how important it is to follow.
ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS quarantine your new orchids from your existing plants for at least 3 weeks. I don’t care if you bought it from the most reputable orchid dealer in the world! NEVER place a new orchid near your other indoor/outdoor orchid plants. Separating your plants for at least 3 weeks will help you inspect them for any signs of orchid pests or diseases that might not have been visible when the plant first arrived in your home. Remember to pay close attention to the underside of the leaves, 3 weeks is just enough time to see if any insect eggs have hatched.
If you’ve ever dealt with orchid diseases and orchid pests you will realize how frustrating and difficult it can sometimes be to have to care for orchids that are “sick”. Keep your orchids healthy by providing them the ideal care environments : temperature, humidity, light, water, etc. AND REMEMBER, always quarantine your new orchids!
For more detailed information, I recommend you read Chapter 2 in Ryan’s book Orchids Made Easy.
Warmest wishes from sunny Florida,
The Orchid Care Lady