Phaleanopsis or the Moth Orchid is a pretty easy variety of orchid for most people to grow and maintain in their homes. They do not require special lighting or misting. They just need sufficient light in a east or north window and regular household temperatures. I had five orchids growing in a north facing window a year ago. One of them (a present from a well meaning husband) came into the house with a hidden pest. In the leaves was a nasty little pest called the mealybug. By the time I found it and identified it the pest had invaded the other orchids. The flowers dropped off my very healthy plants and the leaves all withered up and died. It was a mess. I had to throw out one of the orchids. I could not bring it back. Three more are putting on new growth and one looks like I may have to dispose of it too. Some time back in a copy of Horticulture Magazine was a tip to try of placing a teaspoon of Dr.Bronner’s Peppermint soap in a quart spray container and giving the orchids a good spray every other day. I found the soap in an Organic grocery store. Dr. Bronner’s soaps are pure castile soap with no additives. I have been using it on the orchids and just this week I was rewarded with a small yellow bloom on one of the orchids. I am thrilled.
I will have another bloom in a few days. I am just happy to see that one of the orchids has recovered but I must be ever vigilant to check them every few days for signs of infestation again.
I am joining Tootsie for Fertilizer Friday where we get a chance to flaunt the flowers we grow. I am also joining Laura for Macro Friday. I hope that you have a wonderful weekend. Valerie