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Scale on baby Catt?

This is a discussion on Scale on baby Catt? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I recently purchased a small Blc. from one of our local box stores. Today I ...

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    I recently purchased a small Blc. from one of our local box stores. Today I noticed a brown spot on one of the leaves. There is only the one, it's pretty round and slightly raised. I read a lot of the other posts about scale and the Brown Scale site that BD had linked. I am unable to get a clear photo until I get home, and I will be taking it home to swab with alcohol just in case. I'm just wondering if it could be scale when there's only one spot. Maybe just an aberration on the leaf? I looked pretty closely at the rest of the plant for awhile and didn't notice anything else unusual. Any thoughts?

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    Check the rhizome. They sometimes hid there on cattleya orchids.

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    If it scrapes off with your fingernail, I'd say it is scale. As Bruce says, check the rhizomes. I had one plant that every now and then I would see 1-2 scales, and finally I found a bunch of them under the dried sarong of a pbulb on one of mine...I took off all the dried tissue-y stuff around the pbulbs, and used alcohol and a soft toothbrush to get them all off.

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    Funny, I actually pulled off the papery stuff this morning since I had heard bugs can hide in there. I didn't notice anything weird. I tried scraping this spot off earlier with my nail but wasn't able to. Either it's armored scale or something weird on the leaf. As a precaution I will use your alcohol and toothbrush method and keep a close eye on it I've moved it away from my other plants and will be moving it to a completely different location after work.

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    Well, I got home, swabbed with alcohol and some pressure and the thing didn't budge. I got out some toothpicks and tried to scrape it off. It sounded like I was tearing at plant matter but I did manage to get whatever it was off...and now there's kind of a hole. The "lines" on the other leaf seemed completely unaffected and after examining the photos I took, I'm not sure if it's just a "scar"? I've attached them for reference. The one of the possible scale was after picking at it a little, so it's not as round as it was earlier. The dark spot below it is just a little damage to the leaf. Hope this helps identify if there is indeed a problem and what it might be!
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    The lines look more like scars, and I'm thinking the round one is not scale...but maybe someone with more experience will chime in on the pics.

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    I easily get paranoid about pests because I've lost a few favorite plants that way. Usually it's fungus gnats though.

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    It's definetly not scale! Maybe it got bruised in the past, and scared like that. Or it is leaf edema. Nothing to worry about though.

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    Thanks for the reassurance
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    Nope...Definately NOT scale... lucky you! Betty :-)

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