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This is a discussion on My favorite laelia :( within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Jason, if it were my orchid, I would definately get it tested. I'm sad to ...
Jason, if it were my orchid, I would definately get it tested. I'm sad to type this, but I believe that your orchid might have a virus. I'm sure you do know that you should not touch it, then touch your other orchids. Be very careful! Betty :-(
People will isolate probable virused plants maybe moving them out of the grow area. I have heard stories that sucking insects such as aphids and thrips can transport viruses. A small wind can blow them anywhere.
You are very close to the home of Santa Barbara Sunset. I would go with a division.
Boiling the wood basket for thirty minutes, than allowing it to cool in the water should denature the proteins of the virus. Actually, I'd probably soak in a 10% bleach solution for a day or two, then boil, just to make certain. Sorry about the virus. I worry about this with every spot. Sigh.
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Good luck, Jason. Hope it is not a virus. Let us know how it turns out. fingers crossed.
Jason, I'd just throw the basket away, and get a new one. Then you'll be sure to not have anymore problems...Just my humble opinion...Betty :-(
It definately looks like a virus to me. I would throw the basket out and sterilize any tools that touched the plant. I lost about half my orchids several years ago because I had one plant with a virus and I didn't know about sterilizing tools. It's just not worth taking a chance. That's just my opinion.
Spraying with Ribavirin can get rid of the virus. Aspirin is also known to work. I recently read an article where the virus was killed using short impulses of very low amps electricity. This is also supposed to work for human RNA viruses and is known to cure AIDS but that it is a guarded secret by the pharmaceutical an medical industry.
I actually took ribavirin along with interferon for about a year. Knowing as much as know after reading volumes on it, I too have read about using it in virused plants.