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Rhyncostylis gigantea (arrived with purple circles)

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    Question Rhyncostylis gigantea (arrived with purple circles)

    Hi I have just found this board in the last week and have enjoyed reading and learning. I hope someone will be able to help me with my newest purchase.

    I bought a Rhyncostylis gigantea. The orchid only spent 1 day in transit so I don't imagine I can't blame the marks on shipping.

    The marks are dry, a bit pitted and have a purple cast.
    My hunch is that the orchid was grown outside and perhaps had some environmental issues to contend with. I do not grow outside so I am not sure if this is what I am seeing.

    I really, really hope this is not a virus. Marks effects all leaves but are only on the exposed surface. Either top or bottom but each mark is only visible on one side. Anyways here are the pictures I hope someone will have some insight.

    thanks in advance.
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    I would contact the seller , send them the picture .What ever it is it sucks for a seller to send a plant with damage like that , I would send it back to them . If on a C card call them and dispute the charges . A little minor damage is acceptable but not on every leaf . I would keep it seperate from your other plants and be careful to not cross contaminate. Just my 2 cents worth . Gin

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    WHOA! I'm with Gin - contact the seller immediately and complain. That looks just awful. I've bought several plants and had good results, and when I was unhappy with something the seller made it right. Was this a commercial grower or a home grower?

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    Thanks for the comments. I have been trying not to over react and I guess I crossed over into the under reacting territory.

    I got the orchid Friday and simply could not decide how to handle this. The kicker is that it only has 1 viable root.

    Now I only paid $14 Canadian, at this price is it still territory where you would complain? At that price I almost wonder if I should have expected this 'quality'.

    If I could know for sure it wasn't a virus I would just let it go and nurse it back to health. Either way I think my feedback will be a link to a page with several photos of the plant.

    Thanks again

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    Forgot to answer the question about commercial or home grower. I am not totally sure they are a new seller and only seam to have a few of each so I was leaning towards private collection however when I asked if they had any encyclias I was told they had none INSTOCK but may get some so that makes me lean towards commercial grower.

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    Definitely complain. If they don't do anything about it, then leave negative feedback. You owe that much to other potential buyers. That is just not acceptable, and they should offer to replace the plant or refund your money.

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    Hi ,sorry about the problem , But even if it was $1.00 I would still raise he** with them if they sent a plant like that to you they will continue to get away with doing it to others for a lot more $$$. You should not have to pay for trouble . I am not picky but no way would I keep the plant, even if it did not have the leaf problem it shoud have more than one root . Gin

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    Sorry to hear that...They should replace or refund it. Anyways, hope everything does well!

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    Alicia

    I believe the red marking is normal for all Rhyncostylis gigantea, it reacts similar as Cattleya when they received high lights, but instead of red tint on the whole leaf, red patches appears on the leafs. Alll my Rhy looks like this in the summer when I give them really high light.
    hope this helps.

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    iscarus- I was just starting to suspect this. I know the blooms are suppose to be the same colour. The ring shape still worries me. Do yours have actual rings?

    The vendor is being very good already offerd a refund even before I showed the pictures. He also is certain it is just shipping stress as it apparently came in from Thailand only 3 weeks ago, the bulk of the airial roots were apparently cut off to reduce shipping costs for the load. He has promised a refund if it fails to thrive.

    Oh he also said that upon import the shipment was inspected by agriculture Canada. That hopefully means it didn't look like a virus to them.

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