A gift of 15 infested orchids.
I have just been give 15 small moth orchid plants. It was a sweet thought, by someone moving away from London. On close inspection I find there are masses of mealy bugs and scale insects. The root systems are some of the healthiest I've seen, in great shape. The leaves are sticky and chewed and in terrible shape. I keep a few other healthy moth orchid plants in the house and don't want to risk them picking up mealy bugs or scale; and I don't have either, that I know of, in the garden or the house.
As the plants essentially seem very healthy, I don't really want to throw them out. So they have sit in my living room. I look at them, they look at me. I understand that some meths might help the mealy bugs. Am still feeling undecided.... I like a rescue plant, me.