If you’re a lover of orchids, you know that caring for them is an art form. The plants are beautiful and exotic, but they require intense attention if they’re going to bloom properly. One area where many orchid owners run into trouble is with fungus. This is particularly common in the winter months when temperatures drop and humidity levels rise. Learning how to make your own homemade fungicide for orchids will help keep your favorite plants healthy so that you can enjoy their beauty for years to come.
In this article we’ll show you how easy it is to mix up some natural solutions that will protect against fungus without harsh chemicals or pesticides. We’ll start with an overview of why fungus develops on these gorgeous flowers in the first place, then move on to what causes outbreaks in healthy plants as well as those who are already suffering from damage due to other factors like improper watering practices or lighting conditions. Finally we’ll outline four different homemade remedies below.
Orchid Fungal Diseases
You may have heard that orchids are highly prone to fungal diseases. It’s true; a number of fungi can be damaging to your plant, especially if you’re not keeping a careful eye on things. Here are some signs of an infection:
- The leaves turn brown, yellow or white and become covered with spots
- The roots become discolored and rot easily (they should be firm)
If these symptoms appear on your orchid, chances are good that it has a fungal disease. Fungicides are available at local nurseries if you want to try treating the problem yourself; talk with an expert there about which brand would work best for your particular case.
Baking Soda Fungicide
The acidity of the baking soda will help to destroy the fungi and prevent it from getting into your orchid. Baking soda can be used as a fungicide for orchids, but take care not to use too much of it at once.
If you’re using this method, make sure that there’s enough water in the soil for your plant. If not, then you may end up with root rot and other problems.
If you’re looking for a natural fungicide, honey is a great option. It’s been used as a medicine for thousands of years, and it’s also recommended by many modern doctors. The naturally antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties of honey have made it an effective treatment for many types of infections over the years.
To make this homemade fungicide:
-Mix 1 part honey with 2 parts water using equal amounts (1 cup each). This can be done in any container large enough to hold both liquids comfortably (a mason jar works well). You may want to use a funnel or strainer if your container is narrow or has small openings at its top so that there are no clumps when you pour the mixture back out into another container after letting it sit overnight. If you do not have any strainers on hand, consider buying some inexpensive ones from your grocery store or kitchenware store before making this recipe, they’re incredibly useful.
-Allow this combination to sit overnight at room temperature (20 degrees Celsius) until all of the liquid separates into two layers; one being clear while another staying dark brownish yellow/golden yellow due to its high viscosity from sugars present within them such as glucose syrup which gives us sweetness level similar taste like hard candy.
Cinnamon-based fungicides are inexpensive and effective. They can be mixed into water or applied as a spray, depending on the severity of your orchid’s fungal infection.
-To make cinnamon fungicide: Add 1/4 cup of dry cinnamon to 1 gallon (3.8 liters) of warm water in a large spray bottle. Shake well before using and apply every three days until symptoms disappear (usually within five days).
-To use cinnamon fungicide: Spray plants thoroughly with cinnamon solution; then shake off excess moisture so that the plant isn’t dripping wet from the mixture, which will cause more problems than it solves.
Neem Oil-based fungicide
Neem oil-based fungicides are a popular choice among orchid hobbyists. It’s a natural product, usually derived from the neem tree (Azadirachta indica), which is native to India and Bangladesh. Neem oil contains several compounds that exhibit antifungal activity, including azadirachtin and nimbinoid. Neem oil also acts as a repellent for some insects, such as caterpillars and thrips.
Neem oil is considered safe for humans and pets when used as directed on the label. It can be applied to most plants without causing ill effects; however, it should never be used directly on delicate flowers in order to avoid damage or burning of the petals (it will cause discoloration).
Neem oil kills fungus on contact so you can use it during propagation or anytime your plants show signs of infection by powdery mildew, black rot or other fungal diseases
When To Use Fungicide For Orchids
It is important to use fungicide at the first sign of disease. As soon as you see that your orchid is infected, you should treat it with fungicide. You can also use it preventively, either before or after repotting your orchid to keep them from spreading their diseases to other plants or into each other’s pots and soil.
You may find that some types of fungal infections are worse than others; this will depend on how long the plant has been infected for, what kind of environment the plant was kept in (hotter climates tend to cause more problems), and whether there were any other factors involved in its sickness like exposure to too much sunlight or watering issues caused by overwatering.
Dosage Of Application
Dosage of application will depend on the severity of disease. If you are using a commercial fungicide, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper dosage. If you are using a homemade fungicide, use it as a preventative measure in your orchid’s soil mix every time you water your plant.
-If your orchid has a serious fungal disease, use the homemade fungicide as a preventative measure and spray it every 3-4 weeks.
-If your orchid has only minor fungal diseases, you can dilute the homemade fungicide with water at a ratio of 1:10 (1 part bleach to 10 parts water). Spray this mixture on the diseased leaves once every two weeks.
These homemade fungicides work well for orchids
To ensure that your orchids are not harmed by the fungicide, make sure to use a product that is safe for them. Do this by following the dosage instructions on the container, and applying it according to application instructions. Also, make sure you store your homemade fungicides in an area where they will be protected from extreme temperatures, light and humidity.
In conclusion, the use of these homemade fungicides for orchids is a great alternative to using chemical pesticides. These products are natural, easy to make and non-toxic. They can also be used on a wide range of plants such as vegetables and herbs.