How do you not kill an orchid? That is, if you are careful. Orchids are very delicate plants. Despite their huge blooms and attractive flowers, orchids are quite susceptible to attacks by insects and pests. Here are some ways you can protect your orchid plants and stop an orchid outbreak before it starts.
The most common way of protecting orchids is with the help of a pest control service. They have a variety of methods and chemicals that can be used for orchid plants. This service works best for younger orchids or ones that haven’t had time to get established yet. Pest controllers will be able to tell the difference between harmless aphids (or to identify what type of insect has invaded) and harmful ones.
You could also try growing your orchid plants from seed. This should be avoided if at all possible as it is very easy to kill orchid plants by mistake. It is also very difficult to recover an infected plant. The best option for orchid plants is to start them from seed.
Another good way to prevent damage to your orchid plant is to take good care of it during its initial days. Make sure that your orchid plant receives sufficient water (not too much, since it might drown the plant) and gets regular light. You should feed it once a week, once a month, or after every two months. In case you cannot get a steady supply of light to your orchid plant, you can give it artificial light, but make sure that it is not exposed to direct sunlight.
Some orchids need protection from wind in order to survive. If you are growing orchid plants in pots, you can place them on top of a pot with holes in the bottom or use small pots that have holes cut in the sides. However, don’t use metal pot covers because they might suffocate the plant.
How do you not kill an orchid plant if you are removing it from its natural environment, say a pot or a terrarium? Well, you should never force or pinch your orchid plants. They will resist the effort a lot more than they will let you know. You should leave them alone for a while (some might take a bit longer), then gently pull their roots back and let them fall over.