October brings us into fall and hopefully to the end of our dry hot summer. It has been great for the growth of our orchids, but also great for the insect pests.
It is common that flower thrips and spider mites become major problems when it is dry. To avoid this, keep your orchids well hydrated. Don't be afraid to water the orchids from all angles, wetting the top and under the leaves. This is where the thrips and mites feed. Water will greatly disrupt their ability to feed.
Of course, keeping your growing areas tidy by picking up dead or dying leaves and flowers, will prevent future outbreaks. If you are unable to gain control, you might need to treat your areas with Bayer 3 n 1. As things begin to cool down, the pressure from insects will lessen.
Now begins the pay off time, when the orchids start to use all of their stored energy from summer to give us that fall show of flowers. Currently, it is prime time with lots of orchids in bloom. Especially Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Vandas. Just in time for the canceled Honolulu Show. But that's alright, I'm having a personal show all for myself! I'm just pleased to see the additional effort put into my orchids are beginning to show. I know you all are seeing great results too!
The Windward Orchid Society meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month at the King Intermediate School Cafeteria, located at 46-155 Kamehameha Hwy. in Kaneohe.
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