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HELP!!! My paph is being eaten!

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    Sorry about the lost orchids. I hope you are able to enjoy your vacation and not worry too much about what is going on with the ones back home.

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    Maura, I would also recommend benign neglect. I can understand it is difficult for a beginner, but many a times it is wise to leave alone the plants and treat them symptomatically only if it worsens. For eg. in your case unpotting that Paph. and combing it for any signs of disease and insects definitely stressed it more than the real problem itself for sure. Orchids don't like to be disturbed especially at their roots and new growth. Try and be as non-invasive as possible. For eg. if you think they are staying wet to long reduce watering frequency and just mist the foliage and/or move them to a brighter, warmer airy location (or install a fan or two) than unpotting them all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halloamey View Post
    Maura, I would also recommend benign neglect. I can understand it is difficult for a beginner, but many a times it is wise to leave alone the plants and treat them symptomatically only if it worsens. For eg. in your case unpotting that Paph. and combing it for any signs of disease and insects definitely stressed it more than the real problem itself for sure. Orchids don't like to be disturbed especially at their roots and new growth. Try and be as non-invasive as possible. For eg. if you think they are staying wet to long reduce watering frequency and just mist the foliage and/or move them to a brighter, warmer airy location (or install a fan or two) than unpotting them all.

    Thank you, Amey. I do understand the stress of repotting an orchid and generally don't do it without a lot of input, or when the current pot is so badly decomposed, etc, that leaving it is not an option. There's no question I reacted out of sheer frustration and horror with this little episode of creepy-crawlers far more than usual, but I haven't lost a repotted orchid yet - in fact I've lost several that I actually decided DIDN"T need repotting. But I'm only talking about 50 or more plants here, so, in orchid terms, not much experience yet.

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