Here up north, squirrels behead any tulip they see, and they dont even eat the flowers. Water from a super soaker wont damage the orchids as much as pellets can. my cats do a great job of keeping them away. You could try giving the tree a collar - there are a few types on the internet..
How do I keep squirrels from eating my flower buds?
Try sprinkling cayenne pepper, ground chili peppers, pepper flakes, and/or garlic pepper on and around your plants when they are ready to bloom. After getting a taste, squirrels wont dare eat anything with cayenne—which you can often buy in bulk.
Will squirrels eat my flowers?
Known for nibbling nuts and gobbling birdseed, squirrels also like feasting on garden seedlings, fruits, berries, flowers, leaves, and tree buds. Like other rodents, squirrels have long incisor teeth that never stop growing, so they tend to gnaw on all sorts of materials to keep those teeth on the short side.
Do squirrels damage plants?
Squirrels can cause a lot of damage in plant pots and the garden and Im sure many of you have gone out to tend to your carefully planted containers only to find chaos, with pots knocked over, bulbs gone & plants & flowers uprooted and lying half dead next to the pots.
What is eating my orchid buds?
Chewing insects of orchids usually prey on plants grown outdoors. These might be snails and slugs, whose chewing behavior leaves holes and chunks out of leaves. These pests are primarily nocturnal and you may need to wait until dark to find them. Caterpillars make Swiss cheese out of leaves and even eat buds.
What is the white stuff growing on my orchid?
If you notice fuzzy white patches on orchid foliage, you probably have a mealybug infestation. These pests are almost too small to spot with the naked eye; theyre typically less than 1/5 inch long, with waxy secretions and a whitish coloring. Some also have long tails that resemble antennae.
Do orchid flowers grow back after they fall off?
Fortunately, they will bloom again. You can remove the entire flower spike so that the orchid plant can put more energy back into the leaves and roots, helping it to grow stronger and produce a fresh new flower spike.
Can mealybugs infest your house?
Mealybugs are plant feeders and will infest most parts of their host plant. They normally are located on the underside of plant leaves and stems, and populate many outdoor plants such annuals, bushes and shrubs. Mealybugs will heavily infest almost any plants in greenhouses, homes or businesses.
What does orchid mold look like?
Orchid mold, sometimes called snow mold is a white fungus that looks like a spider web. It grows in-between the spaces in your potting medium and usually appears after a repot. It is very common to see orchid mold growing in new terrarium setups, where the mold sprouts from nowhere.