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Phal leaf deformation

This is a discussion on Phal leaf deformation within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I was wondering if anyone new of likely causes for rather strong deformation in a ...

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    Default Phal leaf deformation

    I was wondering if anyone new of likely causes for rather strong deformation in a new phal leaf...

    Unfortunately, I don't have a picture since the plant has wandered into my foster care at work. So all I can do right now is try and describe it.

    As the new leaf has grown, it has shown a couple of white markings from the edge inward and has even ripped inward as the leaf grew. From what I can see looking down, the part that is coming next is also misshapen. All the other, older leaves are normal.

    Otherwise it seems like a healthy plant - good roots, leaf color green with red mottling, 8 leaves, and quite large overall. I just haven't seen this sort of leaf problem before - may be someone can guess as to what the cause is?

    Thanks!

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    I could be wrong and without a picture it's hard, but it sounds like a dry (leaf deformation) and hungry (white markings) Phal to me.

    Good luck...

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    Being a new leaf and if large it could be from the rapid growth and tenderness of the leaf I have one that will not develop right unless the new leaf is supported until it hardens off . just a guess . Gin

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    Hm, I guess I will have to out myself as the plant fanatic at work (not that they don't know already...) and try and get a photo....

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    Finally got my pictures....so what do you think?




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    Hard to tell from the pic, but looks like mechanical damage to me where it's torn. Don't have a clue as to what's causing the brown spotting. Never saw it on a phal before. I see that it has what appears to be a spike, if so that's a good sign. The media from what I can see thru the plastic pot looks broken down and the plant itself looks pot bound. So maybe an upgrade is in order.

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    No way you could know this, but the spike is actually old and in the process of turning brown. In terms of the media, I don't actually think it is too bad since it doesn"t stay wet all that long. You may be right about the pot bound though - I know they like to be tight, but I never know when is too much of a good thing.

    As for the reddish coloring, from all that I had red, that is just a reaction to light and nothing to worry about. I have however never run across these white markings...

    Anyone have any thoughts?

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    Those are creases in the leaf. The leaf was 'bent' at some point and healed. That is nothing to worry about. The plant looks very healthy. Eventually that leaf will drop off as new ones develop. This happens in shipping sometimes or if plants get packed together too tightly and the leaf gets bent/damaged. It looks fine. No worries.

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    Thanks! Good to know! The plant was probably moved around a lot since it was in a waiting room of sorts. It has now taken up residence on my desk. :-)

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    Well, another couple of weeks have passed and that phal has spent them all safely on my desk. Unfortunately, you can clearly see now that the deformation is growing out of the center of the plant at the leaf grows, so I don't think it can be outside influence now.

    The plant seems so healthy otherwise, I don't really have any clue what could be wrong with this leaf! Does anybody have any thoughts??

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