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Issue or just a variety of variegated mini Phal? +introduction

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    Default Issue or just a variety of variegated mini Phal? +introduction

    Hi
    I'm new here
    I've recently acquired this cute little blooming Phaleanopsis about 3 weeks ago. I'm new to orchids but am very interested in "doing it right" so I've been reading up on them. I've noticed that none of the Phal varieties that I've seen online have variegated leaves like mine. Any mention of yellowing seems to be a sign of distress....but the yellowing is even on all of the leaves and it's blooming like crazy. The leaves are not droopy or wrinkled. I've seen a picture of variegated Phal's online called "Phal Chi Shang Stripes Variegeta" and they look just like mine - down to the color of the blooms. I'm having a tough time getting my pic to upload so hopefully it works.
    I also read a thread somewhere that said that this variegation is introduced through viruses??? if this is true, will it be a hazard to my other plants and orchids?

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    current conditions: bathroom with moderate to high humidity due to a walk in shower; light from a skylight (not direct but pretty bright almost all day long); no drafts but the use of a heat light/fan thingy 2 times a day for the shower steam so we can use the mirror.
    It has not been fertilized (I was pretty sure you shouldn't do that while it's blooming) but I do have some "epiphyte's delight" that the store suggested.
    Any thoughts?

    Thanks

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    Looks like a variegated phal to me. As to the whole "does variegated phal = virused phal", you might be interested in this http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...s-viruses.html

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    Thank you for your response, Kathi.
    That actually was the thread that clued me in on the virus issue...
    I'm just not clear on what the ramifications of a virus in a plant is (other than impacting the foliage/blooms coloration.) Would it kill it? and possibly my other plants in the vicinity and how in the world would it spread? Airborn?

    BTW, I just relocated to SF, CA from Denton (north of Dallas.)

    Thanks again.

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    It is a beautiful variegated Phal. alright ! Whether it is virused or not can be proven just with a test, but Variegation is no sign of virus infection. Variegation in plants has been introduced by careful selection of parents and breeding, just like pure bred dog breeds. Even if the variegation was introduced by genetic engineering, I can ASSURE you that no virus was used leave alone Cym. mosaic and Odonto. ring spot viruses. A virus induced mutation is different from a viral infection. Virus induced mutations are transient, they are not permanent.

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    Amey--

    That is very interesting, thanks!

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    Nope as others have said, just a variegated plant.

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