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Major Problem!

This is a discussion on Major Problem! within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; This is my Phal schilleriana. I have had it for about 2 yrs. When I ...

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    This is my Phal schilleriana. I have had it for about 2 yrs. When I purchased it, the gower said it got "sunburned" and caused some of the brown/black spotting on the leaves. The keiki had "normal-looking" leaves. Now I have the plant that you see. The keiki has developed spots and yellowing. My fear is that this is a bacterial problem or possibly tobacco mosaic virus. The grower is a chain smoker. I always hate when he lights up....but is is such a great guy! I have used R-D 20. Any other ideas or help???????? I really love this plant and it flowered so nicely this year!


    These are the older leaves that have looked like this at the time of purchase.





    Older leaves and keiki which, up until now, was clean.





    This is what the keiki looks like now.







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    Umm, that looks like a virus to me, it doesn't look like the sunburn that I have seen on my phals. What do other people think?

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    Not sunburn, I agree totally, and really really glad I haven't seent that one yet.
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    There is some sort of "crud", I've heard, that seems to be hitting phals this year. I've had stuff like that hit mine now and then. Believe I was told it was a fungal/bacterial prob.

    Did send some leaf cuttings to be checked for viruses a couple years back and came back negative. Still might be worth having yours checked however.

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    It looks to me like it could be Tobacco Mosaic Virus or even Cymbidium Mosaic Virus, but (fortunately) I've never had to experience either one. I believe that you can get a diagnosis from MSU. Try this website: MSU Diagnostics Services home page

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    No clue about the virus, sorry. The blooms are to die for though (no pun intended).

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    I would move it away from my other plants. The spots are not sun burn, but perhaps bugs bites of some sort? I hope it is not a virus.

    Cheers,
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    I had some of that last year I have no idea what caused but it is not as bad this year yet.If you can keep the plant going it should grow out.

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    It does not look like any virusd plants I have seen . Tobacco in cigarettes is supposed to be free of the virus what I have read anyway . Here is a link to a few pictures . Gin
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gin View Post
    It does not look like any virusd plants I have seen . Tobacco in cigarettes is supposed to be free of the virus what I have read anyway . Here is a link to a few pictures . Gin
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    Thanks for the link, Gin! Very informative.

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