In a recent post, I wrote about how members of my orchid club recommended Dawn dishwashing liquid to treat scale and other pests. I mixed a solution according to the recommended formula (3 parts water to 1 part Dawn) and applied it to a couple of plants.
One of my orchids, Epicattleya Rene Marques “Flamethrower” did not like this treatment at all, and showed its displeasure by dropping all its leaves.
Here’s the result: a bunch of defoliated stems.
The stems are still showing green, so I am hoping it will recover. After the harm I inflicted, I think the least I can do is give it a chance. Here’s what the flowers look like – the reason I bought this orchid in the first place.