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Rubbing alcohol use, HELPPPPP

Posted by valthewizard 5 (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 11, 14 at 20:23

Isopropyl alcohol - recommended by nearly every site i found on infestations, so not supposed to be harmful to an orchid.

I was used to finding bug infestations on my plants, looking like little sticky droplets. I found these sticky drops on my orchid's stem. It's blooming so i was very worried it was going to get an infestation. I dabbed some 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol on the stems where I saw the drops, and some got onto the flowers.

I later found that those droplets were "happy sap" which was something common to orchids when they were blooming.

Will the alcohol damage the flowers? I'm very worried.

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RE: Rubbing alcohol use, HELPPPPP

I got a cotton ball soaked with water and wiped the areas I got the alcohol on. I'm still a bit worried, because i may've missed some. Was touching the orchid buds and flowers not the best thing? Would that irritate the buds?

Nearly everything i read about rubbing alcohol use on orchids is the contradicted by another post. Please help me out :(

RE: Rubbing alcohol use, HELPPPPP

Specific damage to the flower I don't know. But you say you got "some" on the flowers. I'd say if you didn't bathe the flowers, the worst that will happen is spotting on the flowers where the alcohol landed...if anything.

Alcohol is often recommended as a home spray for pests. It's fine to use it's just not going to be super effective.

RE: Rubbing alcohol use, HELPPPPP

Thanks so much!!

RE: Rubbing alcohol use, HELPPPPP


I 'touch' my flowers all of the time. They have some really interesting textures at times. Part of the joy of the hobby for me...

I agree with terp as far as damage. Maybe mist them very heavily if you are too worried.

Good luck,


RE: Rubbing alcohol use, HELPPPPP

Thanks, im new with orchid growing and i never bloomed one before, and didn't know how sensitive the buds were.

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