A failed experiment

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.

img_0503The 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.

img_1487The other treated plants seem to be okay. I guess the lesson here is not every plant will react to a treatment the same way.


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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3 Responses to A failed experiment

  1. CJ Wright says:

    3 to 1?! That seems like way too much to me. Sort of like adding a whole bottle to your bath. Dawn goes a loooooooonnnnnnngggg way. I’d only add a few drops to a half gallon. But what do I know? I’m awfully sorry to see your beloved orchid in such sad shape. If anyone can bring it round again, it’s you.


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