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Black Leaf on new Catt

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    Unhappy Black Leaf on new Catt

    This plant came in yesterday with one leaf almost totally black and a few black spots on other leaves. The pictures of it three days ago before it was shipped showed all of the leaves green and healthy looking. It was in a 2.5 inch pot and was still in sphagnum moss from when it was a seedling. *sigh* I spent two hours digging all of the moss out of the roots, and trimming them back. I repotted it. There was a good deal of healthy roots and none of them had any black spots. The person who sent it to me says it looks like a bacterial infection to him and I should throw it away. The black part is not mushy, there is no odor. The new growth looks healthy. It is naturally in quarantine until I decide what to do with it. What do you guys think?
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    Cut off the leaf with the issue and treat with fungicide. Seal the cut edge of the leaf with pruning seal or wood glue to keep out infection. Keep it away from your other plants until you know it is doing alright.

    And if you got this from a reputable vendor, s/he should send you a replacement. Make sure you let them know that you want a refund or a replacement.

    Good luck!

    Cheers,
    BD

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    Thank you for the advice. I had thought that cutting the leaf off might be the best thing to try to save it. Yes, I was sent a refund immediately when the vendor saw the pictures. I will cut and seal the leaf and see what happens. I already started treatment with fungicide. Thanks again.

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    Great. I am glad to hear that it worked out. Now, I just hope you are able to save this one.

    cheers,
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    I thought I was going to loose it for a while. The surgery I did on it was pretty extensive. All of the new growth died. But, lo and behold, it now has root growth and two new leads forming. I'm keeping my fingers crossed...
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    Hey, that is awesome new!

    Cheers,
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