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Identification of ...Lycaste?

This is a discussion on Identification of ...Lycaste? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi all, I have had an orchid that has never bloomed before and is not ...

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    Hi all,
    I have had an orchid that has never bloomed before and is not doing well. I don't know what it is, so I can't decide what to do with it... I just repotted it (hopefully a good idea) and I hung it in a tree in my back yard as it never did very well in my glasshouse.
    It has some white spots on it, but I don't think they're bothering it.(if u know what they are, perfect )
    Hope you can help me
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    I'm not sure, but those white spots look like the could be scale to me. Try putting a q-tip in rubbing alcohol and wiping them all off with it. Scale could be a serious problem for your plant. Be sure to get everywhere you can that they might be. I don't know what sort of orchid it is though, sorry! I haven't had scale myself, but have seen pictures of it. Perhaps others can be more helpful. Good luck!

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    Those white spots look like scale. I have dealt with them once and lost the battle. They WILL destroy your collection if you give them half a chance. Check your other orchids. Even if you don't find any more, it might be a good idea to treat anyway.
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    SCALES! yikes, they can destroy your collection in time. they suck the sap out and weaken plants slowly. some die quickly, some slowly dry up. the plant looks like something from the stanhopea family, but it is hard to tell for certain. i only have one, a new acquisition, so i cannot give expert advise, but they seem to like to be damp, but not soggy wet. the bulbs look a bit shriveled, might have rotten roots (or no roots) from over watering, otherwise the plants are not getting enough water for some reason. the scales also help make plants look dried out. the white spots are only the mature female insects under a wax covering they make. what you don't see are the thousands of males and immature females also feeding on the plant, they are microscopic. you can manually remove the spots, but you MUST spray every few days to kill off the unseen critters. i would spray everything near the plant as well. every 5 days or so. you can even use just dish soap in water as a spray, or whatever insect control you favor.

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    I bet it is a Bifrenaria. medium also looks too much like potting soil. I believe Bifrenaria harrisoniae grows on rocky cliffs, So i would put in rock / leca / little sphagnum.

    good luck with the scale

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    I have removed the scales with 96% alcohol (good?) but I don't have enough of it to start spraying. (only have bigger sprays. I will keep removing what I see.
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