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Cymbidium Fungus, Disease?

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    I am really angry... because of these stupid white bugs I've found on my cym. They aren't scale, and they're ticking me right off.

    So, since receiving my cym from a department store, it's lost 2/3 of its leaves, the others have browned tips which I cut off, sealed, and have since returned; it initially had a new growth, and it was looking really healthy last week, but has since gone brown and has been liquefied from the inside (it smells horrendous, like I'd imagine a corpse to smell like), like several of the bases of the leaves - pseudobulbs? I removed two entirely, without visibly damaging the roots, and while initially the roots were plentiful and fleshy, most have had to be removed, although it still has a lot left.
    There are two new growths, well, oldish, one which is under six inches high, the other which is about an inch and a half high.
    I fear they'll share the same fate as the oldest growth I removed today.

    Any help? I'd really appreciate it.

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    Squishy, brown and smelly is VERY not good. It sounds like the store may have overwatered, causing rot. You must cut off the rot and any that looks like it may be turning also. It can spread very quickly. Try to save a healthy chunk and get good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tmai View Post
    It sounds like the store may have overwatered, causing rot. You must cut off the rot and any that looks like it may be turning also. It can spread very quickly. Try to save a healthy chunk
    Overwatering doesn't explain the bugs...

    I was actually at the dept. store it's from today - all the other cyms they're selling have the same brown spots and browning leaves that mine had, I think my cym's condition is quite a bit advanced, I received it last November.

    In separating the plant, how should I go about doing it? There is literally just the two new growths that appear unaffected...

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    Your plant is in a very weakened condition...I would not treat it with an insecticide for the bugs you say it has. Sound like mealy bugs but mealys 'usually' will not attack a cymbidium, but when weak anything might just happen. Are you sure it is not a fungus, but bugs? Anyway, it would help to post a picture of the plant out of its pot showing the nasty bits.
    If you have a fungal infection or just general rot there are ways to treat it but we really need to see it. In the meantime, just to be safe, get some rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs and wipe off the areas where you see the 'white bugs'. This is a good way to get rid of the bulk of them and when the plant has recovered you can blast it with malathion or an appropriate insect treatment. A pic is worth a thousand words, etc...
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