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This is a discussion on Help! White fluff on baby Paph - and a BUG! within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Ok, just a quick disclaimer first: I am extremely new to orchids and really have ...
Ok, just a quick disclaimer first: I am extremely new to orchids and really have no idea what I'm doing. =) After I was smitten with orchids I bought tons of books and read them all cover to cover and really felt confident that I knew all the info . . . then I promptly killed my first phal by over-watering and two others are in critical condition. =( So I really am quite clueless.
I like to water my plants =), so I purchased a young (never spiked) paph. venustum -----back in August (thinking this guy would be happier with moist-ish soil). When I got him in the mail I noticed a teeny weeny bit of white fluff close to the crown on one of the newest leaves. I wiped it off and it never came back in that spot, so I thought it was a bit of spider web or something from the greenhouse. The plant seemed to be doing really well since then - all but for 1 browning old leaf, so I didn't worry about it!
Well, today I guess I held the plant at just the right angle while watering and I saw it - LOTS of white fluff all around the crown underneath the top leaves, and also growing underneath some of the leaves themselves!! Could this be a fungus? Why does the plant look so healthy otherwise (or maybe it just looks healthy to me because I'm such a novice =/)?
O my goodness . . . as I sit here typing this I am watching some white little BUG walking on the leaf of this plant!! Into quarantine you go, buddy! What is this affliction, friends, and what (if anything) can I do for my little paph? ='(
A picture would help, but from your description I am thinking mealy-bugs. I put a little alcohol in a spray bottle and spray them to kill them. Repeat a week later. That usually takes care of it for me.