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Mystery phal orchid illness

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    Default Mystery phal orchid illness

    All you Phal lovers, check this out and maybe help identify the problem. Just noticed it yesterday. Was not there when I watered on tues. Is kept in a south window, but there is no sun due to the fact that there is an overhang. Just bright light. All the other phals are ok so far. No sign of any insects. Whatever it is, does not go thru to the underside of the leaf and the leaves are firm not mushy. Thanks for any help you can give.

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    it appears to be cellular collapse...that usually happens from cold damage either air or water temp. Effects of cold damage do not happen right away but can take weeks to show. I guess it could also be fungal. Let's see what other members say

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    I agree with Ron. Cold water was my first thought, but could be other things.

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    I have several different genre that show the same thing and I would like to know what it is.
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    As already stated, looks like cell collapse from temp issue. There is nothing to be done about after it happens. The cells have burst. If it was fungal, there would be wetness and possibly an odor. Is it possible water condensed on a window and dripped onto this orchid? Sometimes that cold water can cause this. Overall, your phal should be fine.

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    I agree. It is definitely cell collapse. I had a couple of phals do this when we lost power last winter. Water/cold on the leaves was a bad combo. There isn't much you can do about those leaves, but as long as you keep the plant/root healthy, it will grow new leaves.

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    this happen to me too i think the water still left when i soak my phal, so l listen to Bruce put a fan on low speed direct to my phal that does help.

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    Thanks guys for all your responses. I feel better knowing it's not a disease process.

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