in orchid flower
HAVE a variety of different cymbidium orchids, but my pink one seems
to be the only one that gets eaten. I have seen ants on my plants
and the odd earwig, but nothing else. Can you tell me what has caused
damage on the flower is typical of that caused by slugs or snails
- it is most likely very small slugs that are the problem. During
the day they hide under the base of the pots or among gravel and
the likes on the floor of the greenhouse or ground. They come out
at night to feed, crawling up the flower stems to feast on the buds
Orchid blooms are particularly
susceptible when young and, if damaged, develop the unsightly scars
you have found. You need to start scattering plenty of slug bait
around the plants when they are just beginning to spike, and later
sprinkle some bait in the pot around the leaf bases and flower stems.
Gardener, Issue 187, 2005, Page 33
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.