Settled in your house exotic beautysmells sweet, pleasing to the eye. You do not get tired of admiring her amazing colors, their unusual coloring, amazing form. At the same time, you naively believe that your plant does not threaten anything in your apartment. Since all his natural enemies are far away in the tropics. However, this is a false calm. And in our latitudes the orchid can seriously suffer. Diseases and pests (photo, presented in the article, demonstrate their harmful influence) affects leaves, flowers, roots.
Now let's deal with the main parasites threatening your tropical beauty.
In the ground and fallen leaves can live tinyworms are nematodes. Because of their microscopic size, the presence of parasites is only possible in the footprints that they leave. These are brown or black marks on the leaves. These pests of orchids are afraid of high temperatures, so it is necessary to sterilize pallets and pots over a water bath. It is facilitated by formalin disinfection and treatment of the whole plant with a solution consisting of water and a tablet of "Decaris". And do not forget to carefully remove all fallen and dead parts.
But the most common pests of orchids arethrips and aphids. Both those and others feed on the cell sap of the plant. And if you do not fight with them, then soon the flower will simply die. Here you can not do without special preparations. Good destroys parasites "Confidor". You can recommend treatment with "Aktara". If you are an opponent of chemical methods of struggle, then use the biological preparation "Aktofit".
In the summer, when your beauties enjoy freshair on the terrace or balcony, they can settle into tiny snails or slugs. They must be immediately removed from the leaves and destroyed, because these gluttonous creatures will gnaw on leaves and stems, flowers, and even roots.