The Q&A Archives: Orchids

Question: my orchid has scale on it. what do i do?

Answer: Management methods that are the least toxic to people, pets, and plants, are the most time consuming and laborious. Insecticidal methods, including horticultural oils, soaps, and synthetic insecticides are progressively more toxic (to both the insects and humans!) and more expensive, but are less work. Regardless of method or chemical used, you must remain vigilant. Probably the most popular home remedy is to swab and daub the insects with a cotton-tipped swab or ball of cotton dipped in isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. Keep at it and you will eventually control the scale population.

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