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Old 01-11-2020, 03:29 PM
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Hi all, Iíve have this phaleanopsis for about a year now and it has since bloomed and grown a new leaf and roots. However, thereís something odd about the new leaf itís growing. It has large dark patches on the upper and lower parts of the leaf along with small dark brown bumps on the underside, near the base of the leaf. It doesnít seem to be pest related though. Itís my only Phaleanopsis that hasnít produced a spike this season, so Iím not sure whatís wrong with it. The leaf is still sturdy and isnít soft or mushy.. Iíve never had an orchid with a virus before, and comparing it to images on the internet, I canít find anything that looks quite like what I have.
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Old 01-11-2020, 04:09 PM
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Impossible to know from visual inspection only, and even more impossible to tell just from a few photos. While it's unlikely, if you suspect virus, then either toss the plant or have it tested.
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Old 01-11-2020, 04:15 PM
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Bottom of leaf looks more like insect bites. Top of leaf looks more like edema to me. How about an overall picture of the plant? How are the roots? When was the last time you freshened the bark mix it's in?
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Old 01-11-2020, 04:31 PM
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This is the plant as a whole. Heís got a great root system and his other leaves seem to be in good shape. I repoted him less than a year ago, so his bark is still fresh.
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Old 01-11-2020, 05:02 PM
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It looks a bit like the Cattleya just posted in Possible disease on cattleyas I wonder if yours could be due to a nutritional deficiency as well? Whatís your watering and fertilizing regime?
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Old 01-11-2020, 05:15 PM
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Oh thatís Interesting. They do look pretty similar only mine doesnít have any yellowing. I water with tap water about once a week or whenever the bark is dry and I fertilize with Better Gro Orchid Plus once a month (sometimes more with diluted doses). None of my other orchids are showing any similar symptoms though. Iíve moved around quite a bit in the last year and I remember seeing the odd symptoms about 6 or 7 months ago when I was living in Hawaii. Since then Iíve moved to Florida and am now back in Oregon. Itís been a bit stressful on the plants, but they are all recovering quite quickly, except this guy isnít showing any signs of new growth. Heís just kind of there, not growing but not dying.
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Old 01-11-2020, 05:21 PM
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Probably some issue related with water + low temps.
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