When an orchid is finished blooming, its blooms will wilt and fall off before it enters into a resting period. Resting is a normal part of the Phalaenopsis orchid lifecycle in which your plant is storing up energy to rebloom. Continue to care for your plant during this period, and you’ll likely be rewarded with vibrant, healthy bloo
6 Common Houseplant Pests—and How to Get Rid of Them
The Culprit: Scales What you'll see: Poor or stunted plant growth; oval or round brown insects on stems and leaves. Management: You can usually rub the scales off with your fingers; wear a rubber glove if you don't want to touch the scales. For minor infestations, simply prune off the affected leaves. A cotton swab dipped in alcohol and brushed onto the scales will kill them; the alcohol dissolves the waxy coating that protects the pests. Be sure to repeat every two to three days.