Is my orchid happy? This is one question most orchids owners have asked at some point. With new orchids being imported from all over the world, we have many of them with different types and species from different parts of the globe. So it is important to know what conditions your orchid is in before trying to answer the question is my orchid happy.
If you are a beginner orchid grower and looking for information on the health of your new orchid plants, then you should consider learning how to differentiate between the normal behavior of orchids and those that have been adversely affected by certain pests or diseases. To help you get started, here is a short article on the different types of orchids and what they typically look like. You will also find out about some of the most common orchid diseases. After reading this article, you should have a good idea of what to look out for when caring for your orchids.
The first thing you want to look at when assessing the health of your orchid plants is the condition of the leaves. Healthy orchids will be surrounded by a ring of soft, pink, feathery tissue around the stem. Infected orchids will have dry, cracked leaves that are covered in a powdery substance. If you can see any signs of infection, your orchid is suffering from a form of orchid disease. The good news is, this is usually an easy disease to treat since the affected orchid plant usually recovers within a few days to a week.
Next, check to see if your orchid is showing signs of distress. Some common orchids disease symptoms include wilting and brown patches, abnormal growth, leaf discoloration or changes in the shape of the leaves, or a noticeable loss of blooms. If you suspect that your orchid is showing signs of disease, you should consult a local dealer who is good at recognizing orchid disease symptoms and can give you advice on how to care for and manage your orchids. A good dealer will also be able to provide rapid treatment for your orchid, should it become infected.
On the other hand, a symptom of fungal infection could mean that your orchid has been sprayed for insects. You will then need to get your orchids treated for fungus. One way of managing orchid disease is to keep your orchids, particularly those that are young, in a humid, dark place during most of the day. During the night, you should move your orchids to a place where there is an adequate air circulation. You should then provide your orchids with food and water and monitor their growing conditions carefully.
One orchid care tip which is more for the novice orchid grower is to consider whether or not you are watering or misting your orchid plant. Although orchids love water, they are not necessarily as sensitive to too much moisture as some people tend to think. Just follow the manufacturer’s instructions about the frequency and amount of water that your orchid needs. There are also some excellent products available on the market which control fungus by controlling moisture and deterring insects from hatching. These products can be used in conjunction with orchid growing techniques to help you keep your orchids healthy.
Another important fact about orchid care is that certain orchid diseases can be avoided by making some simple adjustments to your orchid’s environment and routine. For instance, some orchids, such as Cattleyas, are susceptible to extreme temperatures. Therefore, it might be a good idea to ensure that you bring your orchids out of direct sunlight as well as into areas of lower temperature. In this way, your orchid will not become prone to Dutch Elm disease or the yellowing of leaves which is sometimes associated with these types of fungus.
Another tip for the beginner orchid grower is that, just like with most other plants, orchids are happier when they are given regular light rather than being drenched in sunlight all day. This is because the dark is not as harsh on the roots, and they are able to soak up more nutrients. This is especially the case when you are training your orchid from seed. If you have not yet started your orchid plant from seed, then it will probably be a good idea to do so when you are ready for it, since you will find that there are more advantages to growing from seed than from planting it into a garden. By far, one of the best tips for orchid care is to take your orchid from an extremely dry or very hot climate into a somewhat warmer climate. If your orchid is not acclimatized, however, it will need to go through a period of dormancy to adjust.