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Mealybugs, spider mites - cymbidium

This is a discussion on Mealybugs, spider mites - cymbidium within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; My mother bought me this gorgeous cymbidium for my birthday and as I've searched up ...

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    Cool Mealybugs, spider mites - cymbidium

    My mother bought me this gorgeous cymbidium for my birthday and as I've searched up about it, I've come across various pests I wasn't aware of, having only had a phal for a year, and not having experienced too many issues with it. Bugs have never been much of a concern since I grow my orchids indoors, however, as I've only just gotten this cym, I've got my share of concerns. In any case, I've found various little webs on it, super small webs, along with it having mottled leaves, where the a few of them have turned yellow, from tip to halfway down the leaf.

    At the moment all I've done with it is clean the leaves with a damp cloth, but I wish my biggest concern was that my cat can't keep her eyes off of it; I dug around the roots a bit and found one root that is completely shriveled, another that's quite yellow (not greenish at all), and a big silvery mess of web in the media. Before washing it down I found strange little gray balls on it, most of which crumbled when I squished them between my nails.

    I'll include the webage among the roots, as well as a shot looking down at the bulbs (?) in the middle of the plant.



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    Your potting medium is severely broken down and rotting, and probably your plant along with it. You need to repot and take care of any rot on the plant. Remove the plant from the pot and clean off all the old medium. Trim off all the brown, mushy, dead roots and growths. I would soak everything in hydrogen peroxide until it quits bubbling, then repot in fresh medium. After that, keep the plant on the dry side until it shows signs of recovery and hope for the best.

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    Good advice from Susan. Looks like you have a case of mold going on there. (The squishy gray balls are slime mold).

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidlady View Post
    Your potting medium is severely broken down and rotting, and probably your plant along with it. You need to repot and take care of any rot on the plant. Remove the plant from the pot and clean off all the old medium. Trim off all the brown, mushy, dead roots and growths. I would soak everything in hydrogen peroxide until it quits bubbling, then repot in fresh medium. After that, keep the plant on the dry side until it shows signs of recovery and hope for the best.

    Susan
    follow this advice.

    Good luck to you.

    Cheers,
    BD

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