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Help identifying potential problem

This is a discussion on Help identifying potential problem within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hi everyone, I'm pretty new to orchids and just about a week ago I got ...

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  1. #1
    vas729 is offline Junior Member
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    May 2014

    Default Help identifying potential problem

    Hi everyone,

    I'm pretty new to orchids and just about a week ago I got a few orchids from a local grower. One of these is (I think) a Wilsonara eye candy. It was grown in a green house and once I received it, I placed it on my front porch where it gets bright morning light. I think that I might have made a mistake doing this and have given it too much light, but based on how light green its leaves were when I received it, I figured it was growing in fairly bright light.

    In the last few days I've noticed a spot on one of the leaves (photos attached). Most of the other leaves look healthy (actually there are two leaves with spots like the one visible in the picture). I'm having a hard time telling whether they're from bacteria, fungus, or just sunburn. They don't feel particularly "mushy" to me, though perhaps they're slightly softer than the rest of the leaf? It's hard to tell because the leaves are so thin on this orchid. It definitely doesn't have any kind of bad smell or anything like that. I'm currently debating whether I should take action to cut out the spot or see if it progresses to something larger. Any suggestions as to what the cause might be would be very much appreciated.

    Thanks so much.

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  2. #2
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    Zainal Abidin Bin Othman
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    Huntleya, Bollea, Cochleanthes
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    Melaka, West Malaysia
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    From your description including your photos most probably he got sun burn not to worry put back again under the shade no need to cut for time being as some of the tissues will recover unless he get secondary infection then proceed your original planned.Most of us will learn from our own mistake just a small matter, good luck.

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    ksriramkumar is offline Senior Member
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    Outside 24/7
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    Vanda, Phals & Dendrobium
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    Jul 2013
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    Hello and welcome to orchid talk. Concur with Dr.Zainal. it looks like a sunburn. allow the orchid to recover itself. cutting leaf would worsen as the cut could cause opening for bacterial and fungal infection. move it to a shade and it should be ok.

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    vas729 is offline Junior Member
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    May 2014

    Default Thanks

    Thank you both so much for your help. I've moved the little guy to a spot on the porch that gets more shade and hope to see it recover. Again, thank you!

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