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What are those? Eggs?

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    Default What are those? Eggs?

    I saw through the clear plastic pot those tiny white egg thingies on the roots of my Max Tenuifolia
    (the very large plant I never post any pictures of because it never flowers! )
    My Max is in clay pellets (not S/H just as substrate)

    What is it and how do I get rid of it? Please ...

    The plant itself has nothing unusual on its leaves.
    (is there a home made remedy for the time being until I get whatever product I will be advised to buy?) Thanks.
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    That looks like fungal spores to me. I'd pour some peroxide on the plant and treat it with some sort of anti-fungal.

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    Clint, thanks for your answer, is it an indication that the potting medium stays too wet or anything I can correct? Or is it just random fungus occurrence?
    (you are so knowledgeable, Clint, I have to keep asking questions! )

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    I would say by looking at the roots that the plant is being kept to wet (maybe too cold as well?) What are your temp ranges? Fungal attacks rarely happen "randomly" to a healthy plant.

    I had a big chunk of Max. tenuifolia and I gave it away. It was bare root in a pot and I barely kept it moist and it did well.

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    I think your diagnosis is bang on.
    Overpotted, too wet, too cold (and a cruel french owner who neglects it because it just grows and never flowers!)
    I sprayed peroxide on the whole thing, cleaned up the rootball and removed all potting medium repotted in a smaller pot with new medium.
    Will give it another spot in my windowsill.
    And someday when the sweet scent of coconut reaches my nostrils, I will be thinking about you, Clint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lambert View Post
    I think your diagnosis is bang on.
    Overpotted, too wet, too cold (and a cruel french owner who neglects it because it just grows and never flowers!)
    I sprayed peroxide on the whole thing, cleaned up the rootball and removed all potting medium repotted in a smaller pot with new medium.
    Will give it another spot in my windowsill.
    And someday when the sweet scent of coconut reaches my nostrils, I will be thinking about you, Clint.
    Well, sounds like that is done! I agree with your efforts. I bet you might even see a bloom before long.

    Cheers,
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    It might be due to root loss...I see some dead roots in there...as they decay they may have gotten a fungus. I have 3 or 4 variabilis and they are kept moist and in bark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    It might be due to root loss...I see some dead roots in there...as they decay they may have gotten a fungus. I have 3 or 4 variabilis and they are kept moist and in bark.
    Bark it will be then!
    Ron, you have given me perfect "potting medium" advice in the past, I will listen to you again this time!

    Thanks again guys.

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    Laurent the risk to get another fungal infections still very high, usually we cant eradicate totally there must be some residual fungi body or hyphae in the form of filaments. Anyway as long as the medium is good drainage with regular inspection during wet or raining seasons I think it should be fair enough.Dont forget to spray another fungicide again,say intermittently . I have the same problem with Maxillaria tenuifolia refused to bloom may be the temperature is not low enough. See my plant below.
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    I've seen that kind of fungal growth before -- on media not a plant. From what I've seen it is not a plant pathogen rather just a decomposer so should not pose a problem for your chid

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