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The delicacy of the orchid

The orchid is an extremely charming houseplant, with its elegant colorful flowers appearing atop long stems. The orchid takes up little space and this also favors its diffusion: it does not need large vases and can find a place in any apartment, decorating with a touch of color and perfume. The orchid, however, is also a very delicate plant, which needs care and attention. Depending on the species, those who grow an orchid must carefully inform themselves about the most suitable environmental conditions for the plant, from this very demanding point of view. Furthermore, the orchid is a plant particularly sensitive to the attack of parasites, against which the plant must be protected in order to survive.

Fungi, mites, viruses and bacteria


The main enemies of the orchid are parasites, which can infest the plant and kill it. The causes that favor their development can be very different and also depend on the environmental conditions: low temperatures and a lot of humidity, for example, can favor the spread of fungi, against which the right balance must therefore be found between the environmental conditions and they are unfavorable and those are favorable to orchids. On the other hand, due attention in the pruning phases is important to ensure that the plant is protected from bacterial diseases, which can spread frequently when, for example, pruning takes place with non-sterile tools and wounds are not treated with special healing agents. Even more dangerous are viruses, which are often transmitted to the orchid from man, unaware carrier of viruses perhaps present on another plant with which one has come into contact. It is the only form of the parasite still without a cure, so prevention is essential. Aphids, cochineal and spider mites are not unknown presences for the orchid, but if you intervene in time they can be eradicated without major consequences for the plant. Their presence, as well as that of bacteria, is easily recognizable because the plant and its flowers will begin to show spots of different colors depending on the type of infestation in progress. therefore prevention is essential. Aphids, cochineal and spider mites are not unknown presences for the orchid, but if you intervene in time they can be eradicated without major consequences for the plant. Their presence, as well as that of bacteria, is easily recognizable because the plant and its flowers will begin to show different colored spots depending on the type of infestation in progress. therefore prevention is essential. Aphids, cochineal and spider mites are not unknown presences for the orchid, but if you intervene in time they can be eradicated without major consequences for the plant. Their presence, as well as that of bacteria, is easily recognizable because the plant and its flowers will begin to show different colored spots depending on the type of infestation in progress.

Prevention


Since the orchid is a plant with specific needs, the first method of prevention against the attack of parasites is to create an unfavorable environment for their proliferation, but optimal for the orchid, depending on the species. In fact, it is a plant that suffers a lot from environmental variations, therefore listening to its needs you will get a double result: on the one hand the possibility of avoiding recreating the favorable conditions for the development of parasitic individuals, a strong, healthy and luxuriant plant is available, which for this reason will also be more resistant to possible attacks. During the repotting or pruning period, maximum attention must be paid to the sterility of the instruments, to avoid that the wounds inevitably procured are viaticum of infection by parasites. In specific periods of the year, with the arrival of spring and the full recovery of the vegetative cycle of the plant, it is possible to use pesticides as a preventive measure, identifying products that are too aggressive for the orchid itself.

Orchid Pests: Orchid Care


Taking care of the orchid, therefore, requires attention to the needs of the plant, as well as a periodic check of the state of health. Being able to identify the presence of a problem in a timely manner is the first method to be able to defeat the presence of parasitic organisms and restore a balance suitable for the healthy development of the plant. Unfortunately, sometimes even paying attention to preventive systems may prove to be insufficient: in this case it is necessary to identify first of all the type of parasite that has hit the plant, in order to resort to the use of specific products. In the case of spider mites, mites, aphids and cochineal, if the infestation is identified in its initial stage it will be sufficient to use a cotton swab soaked in alcohol and pass it gently on the flowers or on the affected parts to remove the parasites, taking care to completely eliminate the infestation to prevent the survivors from starting to proliferate the colony . However, if this type of intervention is not possible, because the infestation is too widespread, it is necessary to resort to the use of specific pesticides, also in this case making sure that the colony is completely disinfested.

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