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What's wrong with this Phal?

This is a discussion on What's wrong with this Phal? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I purchased a Phal today and noticed it had very small black dots on the ...

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    Default What's wrong with this Phal?

    I purchased a Phal today and noticed it had very small black dots on the leaves.. BUT, it's a beauty with 3 spikes and a flower(NOID that I know of?) that I've wanted awhile AND was only $10... So, I'm hoping I can help it!
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    post with plant pic

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    Posting a pic would help but it sounds like botrytis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traci View Post
    Posting a pic would help but it sounds like botrytis.
    I thought Botrytis only affected the blooms?

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    Botrytis is a fungus that can infect any part of the plant. It shows up on dying blossoms but can also appear on the leaves if there are wounds or if infected blossoms fall on the leaves. However, tiny black spots can be caused by other things which is why a photo helps. Otherwise it is a guessing game.

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    Gotcha.. I'm pretty new and haven't figured out how to add pictures from my phone yet.. Heres a few though. Also, let me add, last night I un-potted the plant and rinsed the roots really well and then sprayed them with peroxide. This morning, I noticed tiny, red tad-pole looking things in my sink!! They were maybe 1/2-3/4 of a centimeter.. They weren't moving, but still looked weird and grossed me out!! I wish I had gotten a picture before bleaching and wiping down my sink...

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    And I apologize I read this as flowers originally as I was rushing to finish before class started but yes I agree with Science Gal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traci View Post
    And I apologize I read this as flowers originally as I was rushing to finish before class started but yes I agree with Science Gal.
    No problem! I posted some pictures, but the post hasn't been "approved" yet...

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    The pictures are up, but I don't know what that is, been really luck with my Phals! I'll be waiting to learn about it too. Thanks for sharing.

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    Not quite sure as most of your spots are round but I'm guessing a type of brown rot perhaps like Pseudomonas? The reason I say this is that they often have a yellow halo around the spot but they do typically ooze fluid. It looks like yours isn't but maybe someone at the nursery sprayed it? I would treat with physan or hydrogen peroxide (which you did) and then likely go back with cinnamon and put it on the spots on the leaves to help keep it from spreading. I would keep it away from the others for a few weeks to be sure. Would be interested to see what others think. It doesn't match any pests that I know of but thankfully I have not experienced many other than aphids and mealies.

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