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Help sick babies

This is a discussion on Help sick babies within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; These 2 are the only 2 in my collection that look funny. Janet was doing ...

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    Default Help, sick babies!!

    These 2 are the only 2 in my collection that look funny. Janet was doing fine and isn't feeling limp just turning black. There is one tiny new lead starting yet.

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    Dragon King is starting to look a little limp.

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    Any ideas? I have looked for bugs and don't see anything.

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    Unhappy Help sick babies

    I posted this earlier and realized that I WAY downsized the photos. My babies are sick, please help.

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    From your pictures it looks like it is sunburn. Your orchids can't take the hot direct afternoon sun.

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    Yes, I agree with Bill.I would say hey look burnt. Are you using supplemental lighting ? If so you will need to raise your lighting up a little higher. Good Luck,Rich

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    Sunburn surprises me as they are in front of a window with a wide overhang. I don't believe they receive direct light at any point. If they still need less light than they are getting, that would be a good thing. I am running out of room in the higher light areas. Thanks and what should I do to help them recover.

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    I agree that it looks like sunburn...there isn't anything you can do to rejuvenate the burned areas. All you can do is prevent it from happening again. When this has happened to my orchids, I just get them into a shadier spot and let the burned spots dry out on their own. I don't trim them, but I do spray with a fungicide because I have seen what I think was rot spreading from a sunburned area. Maybe the sun damaged cells were a portal for disease to enter...someone else may have a better opinion of this. Hope they bounce back well!

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    There is really nothing you can do to reverse the damage. You will most likely loose those leaves. If the direct sun does not hit them are there reflective items such as mirrors or other surfaces that could reflect the sun on to the leaves? They look like they are definately coming into contact with hot burning rays. I have had this happen and usually let the leaves go for awhile. If the damage is not too bad I will just remove the damaged portion. I would definately give them some super thrive when watering. Good Luck!

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    Thanks guys. I will do what I can to help them live. Poor little ones.

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    High heat without direct sun can also cause burn like this. When temperatures get warm (over around 85 F) at my place combined with the heat from my T5 fluorescent lights I have had problems with scorched leaves.

    Susan

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    They do look like scorched leaves to me - may be caused by sun, heat or chemicals(fertiliser/insecticide) or a combo of all of them.

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