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TnT #3. Polishing Your Orchid Leaves (Tip from Ruth Chun)

TnT #3. Polishing Your Orchid Leaves (Tip from Ruth Chun)

Have you noticed how orchid leaves can become unsightly due to water marks, dust, and grime!  Well, there’s a trick you can do without chemicals or soap and water that will give your orchid leaves a beautiful appearance.  It’s in most of our refrigerators.  On a piece of cloth or soft paper, place a very small dab of mayonnaise.  Rub it gently over the top of the leaf and rub gently until you get the surface cleaned.  Make sure you more »

TnT #2. Cinnamon as a Fungicide Alternative

TnT #2. Cinnamon as a Fungicide Alternative

Did you know that household cinnamon that we sparingly use in our food recipes is also good for our orchids?  I use it on my orchids, instead of commercial insecticides, because I have two dogs. Cinnamon has fungicidal potential that will help control and prevent fungus problems from attacking the orchid plants.   I use it sparingly on my plants when I notice the beginning of black rot.  Cut off aggressively the beginning of the infection, being sure to remove enough more »

TnT #1. Be On Guard for Pests

TnT #1. Be On Guard for Pests

Hello all you orchid lovers. It’s time to be on guard for orchid pest in your garden.  Spider Mites love this weather, so you need to treat your orchids to some insecticide to help prevent the bugs from spreading and causing a lot of damage to your Dendrobiums and Cattleyas.  I like to use Bayer 3 in 1 to help control and kill off lots of bugs.  I also use Neem Oil.  You should practice this method after you water more »

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