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The "V"-word?

This is a discussion on The "V"-word? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Well this is a depressing development. An orchid I picked up last year or the ...

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    Well this is a depressing development. An orchid I picked up last year or the year before that I REALLY like may have to get tossed out. Hate flushing $ down the drain... *sigh* It has bloomed beautifully for me a couple of times since I got it but here is what it gave me this time:


    deformed lip, color break on dorsal sepal and right lower sepal

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    Another flower, color break left petal and bottom sepal has yellow stripe when it shouldn't

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    Hate to even mention this obscene word, but I fear this could very well be symptoms of a virus. Keeping in mind that I live in an apt and so just how "isolated" I can keep a plant is limited at best, ya'll think I should give it another chance in case these flower deformities were caused by some other factor or should I pitch the plant?

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    Well, since I know next to nothing about this stuff yet, I can't give you any sort of good advice, but I would hate to toss her out. Can you just isolate her and still admire her, until you see what next year brings? She may not be perfect, but who is??

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    I don't know much about it also, but I would give it another chance if it's mine. (Not that I won't give a chance to a dry root...That's me.)

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    Sorry, but with those color breaks, I'd have say virus. To make sure, keep it separate from the rest of your plants and send a sample to be tested.

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    Don't ditch it. Keep it isolated.

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    Guess I should add -- anyone know of an inexpensive virus testing lab/facility in the US?

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    I don't personally have any experience with virus testing in orchids, but I have heard second hand it is quite inexpensive. There are also test kits that you can do yourself. I think it would be worth it to have the plant tested. I would do a search for testing kits or a lab.

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    Hi , Here is a link to a Lab that does testing , not expensive, it is too pretty to just dump .. Gin

    http://www.crittercreeklab.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    Guess I should add -- anyone know of an inexpensive virus testing lab/facility in the US?

    Louis did an article about orchids with virus. In the article he linked to Critter Creek Labs. I don't know what they charge. Maybe they can help? It sure is a pretty orchid to destroy.

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