All healthy orchids experience yellowing of the lower leaves when the old foliage dies. However, yellow leaves can also be a sign of many problems. If your orchid has now wilted there is a remedy to recover the plant, and it involves the use of an ingredient you never would have thought of!
In fact, hydrogen peroxide for orchids is used as a means of treating and preventing plant diseases. Irrigation with such a solution provides the leaves and roots with full oxygen saturation, which normal water is unable to do.
Why do orchid leaves wilt! How to cure and grow your orchid with this ingredient!
Before we look at how to recover a wilted orchid, here are the benefits that hydrogen peroxide has on plants and when it is used. Watering orchids with hydrogen peroxide is helpful because:
- It kills pests and heals the plant,
- It fertilizes the substrate,
- It accelerates flower growth,
- It acts as a fungicide,
- It saturates the soil with oxygen,
- Strengthens small roots.
For domestic plants, peroxide is used as a means to fight diseases or pests.
Moisten seeds with hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is already used in the first stage, the stage of processing orchid seeds before planting. It saturates the seeds with oxygen, strengthening them and stimulating their growth. The use of the product has a beneficial effect on the flower.
To soak the seeds you will need:
- 3% hydrogen peroxide – 25 drops,
- water – 250 ml.
The seeds are soaked in the resulting solution, after 30 minutes they are extracted and washed with water.
Watering the flowers with hydrogen peroxide.
Normally the water used is tap water, plants love and need natural watering, provided by rainwater or the peroxide solution itself, which contains the entire set of trace elements necessary for proper development and growth.
Before use, the product should be diluted with water so as not to damage the sensitive leaves of the orchid. For this, 2 tablespoons are mixed with 1 liter of water. You spray this solution throughout the year, but no more than once a week. Peroxide stimulates the growth of orchids. It is desirable to spray and water the flowers in a well-ventilated area.
If your orchid has wilted, here is the method to revive it!
If your orchid has wilted, remove the yellowed leaves with the help of sterilized scissors and remove all the dry parts of the plant. Take the plant out of the pot and transfer it to a glass beaker and fill it with water up to below the collar (apart from where the roots and leaves then form).
Try not to get the collar wet otherwise you risk rotting the whole plant (usually 3-4 cm of water will suffice). Now remove the plant from the glass and add 1 cm of hydrogen peroxide to the water, stir and transfer the piece of plant again.
The liquid level should never exceed the collar. Now all that remains is to wait. It will usually take at least a month and a half before you see the first results. This remedy will have worked when you see that the parts of the roots that were previously yellow have turned green again and new ones have sprouted as well. At this point, you can restore your orchid in a sterilized pot.
Fill about 2/3 of the pot with pieces of bark, transfer the plant and fill to below the collar with the bark. Then, spray the bark until the water runs out and place it in another decorative pot or on an ad hoc base.
Hydrogen peroxide provides the orchid with all the necessary trace elements. When using it, no additional fertilizer is needed. Oxygen, which is part of hydrogen peroxide, has a damaging effect on germs, spores and pests that protects the flowers. The oxygen also saturates the soil, causing flowers to grow rapidly.