Mealybugs on Orchids: What Should You Do?

Question of the Week:

“Hi Ryan,mealybugs
I rescued a few orchids from a nursery. Most of them had just stopped blooming and still had perfectly good roots and leaves. One of the orchids has nice blooms but I discovered it has white stuff on the flowers and leaves.

I want to save this beautiful plant and I’m not sure what to do. It was very wet so I sat it on the patio under an umbrella so it could dry out and not get any direct sun light. What would you suggest for the white stuff?”

– Sharon Martinez
Corpus Christi, TX



Ryan’s Recommendation:

Hi Sharon,

First of all, thank you for rescuing these orchids! The last thing we orchid lovers want is for neglected plants to get tossed in the garbage just because they’re not in bloom.

From the photo that you’ve sent, it’s pretty clear that your orchid has been infested with a pest. Ah, pests—the bane of orchid growers! Don’t worry…you’re not the only that must battle orchid pests, as they’re quite common. “Pests?” you may ask, “But this white stuff looks like mold or fungus.” Indeed, some pests actually look more like mold than insects. So what is this pest on your orchid and how do you get rid of it? Read on to find out…Green Thumb Club Members Only
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