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Snails in Bllra Orchid!

This is a discussion on Snails in Bllra Orchid! within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; That lovely Bllra that I recently purchased has not been looking well for a week ...

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    Default Snails in Bllra Orchid!

    That lovely Bllra that I recently purchased has not been looking well for a week or two. It blasted a lot of the buds and the p-bulbs have all shriveled. Some are rotting (?); turning yellow or brown. It's potted in a bark mix that came from the grower. I went to give it a good soak today and found a couple of teeny tiny snail shells near the surface of the mix. There wasn't any evidence of live snails, but I haven't unpotted it to see if there maybe some deeper in the plant. Could this be what caused the plant to take a turn for the worse? Since it started looking ill I've moved it away from other plants in case it was a virus or something... How can I treat it? I gave it a dry spell of about a week and a half hoping that maybe I had just over watered it early on.

    Here's a few photos taken recently, the last two taken today. I've since removed the yellow leaves and dried sheaths in hopes of keeping away any other pests. Is there hope for this plant?

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    It needs to be repotted into a new mix. Use a clean new pot and a good quality bark, thoroughly clean the the old media from the roots so as not to transfer any snails or snail eggs into the new media.

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    Might be snails but i don't see any snail damage. I agree repotting is in order. Also, check your water quality. I see some mineral / salt build-up. The water you are using may have too many dissolved minerals. Try rain-water if you have that option...By the way, there's almost always hope as long as you have green leaves, although the journey may be a long one...

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    Thanks for the positive feedback guys! I did recently switch water do that's old buildup. Will repot. Thanks!
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    Good luck with the repot. hope all goes well!! I have so many plants to repot now I don't even know where to start. hahaha...

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    Check the roots themselves. I have had a few orchids exhibit dehydration symptoms like this and once I unpotted them I saw tiny snails that were eating the root tips.
    Damaged root tips = no new roots = very very bad.

    The snails I caught were about 1/16th inch across, had laterally flattened spirals and very dark brown color. They seem to occur more often in old, broken down bark mix where the interior of the root mass stays wet for long periods. I don't have any pictures since I immediately crush them when I catch them

    I have seen slugs eat young root tips too.

    And I would like to add that most of these snail cases in my garden have been on oncidium and psychopsis type orchids. Maybe because they have finer roots to begin with?

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    Thanks John. I will be repotting tomorrow (waiting for the media to soak). The snails you're describing sound like the ones I've seen. I'll go through this with a fine tooth comb!

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    Ali, I completely agree with Amey...Don't forget to throw a few lava rocks in the bottom first for good drainage & stablity ( plastic pots can tip over easily...) Good luck..... Betty

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    It sounds like garlic snalis to me. I found one the other day in a pot which has a phrag in it. I don't know what it was doing there as I repotted that phrag a while ago and no new orchids have been placed anywhere near it? Anyway, I have put down snail bait and I shall see if it is necessary to repot should I see any more. Good luck with yours.

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    Snail bait huh? What exactly is snail bait?

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