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Emergency, Orchid Help needed! Mealybug!!

This is a discussion on Emergency, Orchid Help needed! Mealybug!! within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I dont' know what to do anymore. I thought they were under-watered but they don't ...

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    Default Emergency, Orchid Help needed! Mealybug!!

    I dont' know what to do anymore. I thought they were under-watered but they don't seem to get better. Some had the mealybug and I mostly successfully removed it. Please help if you can!!!
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    I don't think mealybugs are your worst problem. Your plants look starved for water...do you have any healthy roots?

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    I'm not sure where to start? But I agree with Kathi. Looks like there aren't any viable roots. Sorry to say the second photo down which looks like some sort of Brassia hybrid I don't think is going to make it.
    There are folks here that have had success with bagging them. Someone might be able to help you with that.

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    Anything brown should be cut off and you need to steralize your cutters between each plant. I'd get a couple large bottles of hydrogen peroxide at your local dollar store...as big as they have. Fill a cup and after you cut off the dead stuff...anything brown...soak whats left in a cup of hydrogen peroxide....again, a fresh cup for each infected plant. I would suggest you be brutal...if you leave anything squishy and brown the plant will still die. After a good soaking, sit them where there is good air movement, it's warm and shaded. There is a method called "spag and bag", or you can use a tray with damp spagnum in a high humidity area. It looks as if these have been over watered, I would recommend you look at the culture sheets for each kind. And don't feel too bad....we've all done this. Think of orchids more like cactus, and water less. Sometimes they can handle being underwatered...like when it's cold and grey for days. But too much water will always rot the roots. Good luck...i'd recommend you go get a pretty healthy one to keep you smiling while the sick ones grow new roots for you.

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    Thank you for the helpful advice! I am trying the bag thing. They were all fine until I moved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss EH View Post
    Thank you for the helpful advice! I am trying the bag thing. They were all fine until I moved.
    It may be a change in water. Did you switch from well water to city or vice versa?? I moved about a year ago and at the old house I could not use the hose water or the orchids would do this. Also; the bugs can smell a sick plant from a mile away, I swear! Usually when you find bugs you have a plant compromised in some way. imho Best of luck with your rescues....

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    I always use distilled water because I live in the city.

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    I cut off all the brown stuff and all the bad roots. I didn't know they were dead until I researched it. The good news is most of them have a few healthy roots! I am focusing on growing them back!

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    Sounds like you are up for the challenge. Let us know how it goes.

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    OMG!! poor orchids lol...i do hope things get better for you...hope to see some pics on how they are doing....hope all goes well for you and them

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