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Sick phalaenopsis

This is a discussion on Sick phalaenopsis within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi, I've had my phalaenopsis for three years, and it's blooming again on another shoot ...

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    Hi,
    I've had my phalaenopsis for three years, and it's blooming again on another shoot after cutting it a year ago; however, I've got these little brown spots (bugs?) that are eating away at the petals. Any ideas on how to get rid of these pests? The petals are so delicate, I'm not sure if mild soap and water is going to kill it.[/U]
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    Yikes! I don't know...hope someone knows this one. I just hope mine don't catch it!

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    Could it be a grasshopper? Whatever it is, it is not small.

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    dang.... apply some insecticide to get rid of those pests. i hate it when these tuny
    buggers ruins such a beautiful flower.

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    Hi Kaydi, first of all welcome to our group. With the pest, I think if you can find out who the culprit is, then you can apply the appropriate remedy. It can be a grasshopper as Bruce mentioned above, or it can be any chewing insect. Try having a look at night with a torch if it's still there. And secondly given the amount of damage on the flower, I wouldn't mind spraying the appropriate insecticide to get rid of it.

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    Thanks for all your replies. I decided to cut the flowers from the stem. Not sure what this is going to do to the rest of the plant but I'm thinking it's a fungus? Anyhoo, I'll keep my eye on it and see what happens. Thanks again!
    p.s. Bruce, I found a grasshopper in my house this summer but he got chucked outside so I don't think it was him, but I did have a lot of wasps this year....

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    flask the nodes

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    Mabuhay!

    I've had that similar problem before and just like you i decided to cut the flowers too. Actually, in my case the culprits were hiding in the inner part of the flower/petals, i just don't know how to explain but they were just somewhere in there just look closely of if you have a magnifying glass go use it....of course, i burned them. But things like these dont bother me as long as they're not chewing on the orchid itself.

    goodluck!

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