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Gardening — March 25

Dear Orchid DOC

Betty Ashley

Sunday, March 25, 2018

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Dear Orchid Doc:

The roots of my orchids which are in a greenhouse are completely green! Is this something to worry about?

Janette

Dear Janette:

It would appear that your orchids are getting too much water and not being given a chance to dry off.

The green roots are in the embryonic stage of algae/fungus. This is an overnight killer! Use Physan, a fungicide/ algaecide / bactericide, mix and spray directly on the affected area, once per week for at least three weeks; and avoid wetting orchids when they are still wet.

Dear Orchid Doc:

My predicament is this: what do I do after the orchid bloom is finished? Do you have any suggestions Help! Every time I receive an orchid, after the bloom is finished I never know what to do to keep it alive. Do you have any suggestions?

Mitsy

Dear Mitsy:

When the bloom is finished, you can either cut it off, in the case of a Dendrobium or Vanda. With Phalaenopsis you have the option of waiting to see if there might be another bloom, which is usually smaller than the first.

Fertilise as usual, and most importantly, whenever plants are inside, they are usually not sprayed with a fungicide hence they tend to rot, especially when in a planter pot which gathers water. Either empty the water every day or get rid of the planter, and take the plant back outside. They really do prefer the outdoors.

BETTY STEPHENSON ASHLEY Orchid Cottage Kingston 8, Jamaica . Cell # 876-3224585, Fax 876-931-8805 bettystephensonashley@gmail.com

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