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Miltassia - sickness???

This is a discussion on Miltassia - sickness??? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hey all, I've got a Miltassia C.M. Fitch 'Izumi' and it has these little black ...

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    Hey all, I've got a Miltassia C.M. Fitch 'Izumi' and it has these little black spots speckling most of the leaves.
    Is this a disease or rot of some kind?

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    Nope, it's perfectly normal. It's not unusual to see this on certain orchids. But just to be sure, post a pic of the plant so we can be certain.

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    Most likely it is a secondary fungal infection that the oncidium types get when they have reached their light maximum. The important thing with these plants is to avoid black spots on the pseudobulb.

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    Okay so here's some pictures of it. I guess it's more on the older leaves then the young new ones.

    And can anyone tell me why he's trying to grow at such a funky angle???
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    From what I can see the plant looks way to big for the container. Part of your problem could be that it is pot bound. Try poping it out of the container and check the roots. Cut away any dead roots and you may want to upgrade the pot to something a size bigger. If you're really concerned about the spots use and antifungal, but I don't think it's a problem. As Clint said lots of onc. type plants get the spots on their leaves. Took another look at pic #2 and it does look like a fungal or bacterial infection. If you can't find a suitable product for fungus and bacteria (there is a great one, but I don't think I can mention the name on the forum) pm me and I'll give you the name of the internet dealer.

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    Yep. Looks big and healthy to me. Just needs a repotting and maybe some fresh media.

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    Looks like it's leaning toward the strongest source of light, which is why it's growing at an angle.

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    I just repotted it!!!! Like two or three weeks ago, That's the size that it was when I first got it. It was originally in a 3.2 in pot and I put it in a 4.5 in pot. Yes it was very root bound before I repotted it. It has brand new medium in it and everything.

    I have it near a southern window. I put it angled away from the window to see If it will staighten out. And are these guys supposed to grow new pseudobulbs out of the old ones? I think I read somewhere that yes that is supposed to happen but I'm not sure.

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    I had several plants that did that and was told it was mite damage,and told spray with fungal-insecticide mix.It seems the mites suck on the underside of the leaf,and the fungal infection gets in through there.I have 200 plus odo's. Tednz

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    Well, if it's a fungal infection like was said, can anyone p.m. me to tell me what and where to get something for it?

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