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Spotted leaves on my Phragmipedium besseae

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    Angry Spotted leaves on my Phragmipedium besseae

    I hope someone can tell me if there's something wrong with my beautiful Phragmipedium.
    I got it in March, as a gift. It was in flower when I got it.

    I recently moved house and have put this and my other orchids out on the balcony. It a closed, west facing balcony with large windows, more like a greenhouse and it gets very warm out there in the evenings.
    My plants seems to thrive in their new surroundings, but yesterday I noticed these funny spots.

    The besseae seems to be the only orchid who has them.

    I water it with RO water with a little fertilizer added every time (Akerne Orchid Rainmix). It always have water in the saucer, I never let it dry out. On this picture it should be pretty easy to see the spots on the leaves

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    A picture of the whole plant, it has a nice new growth that just seems to keep growing

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    Another picture of the whole plant taken a couple of weeks ago

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    I hope someone here can help me figure out what's wrong with my besseae

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    hmm, i don't really see anything wrong. i see one light spot, but if you are talking about the light patterning on the leaves, it may just be from the change in light from moving outside? in different brightnesses of light, the leaves will slowly fade to lighter green or darken some, revealing light patterning on some orchids' leaves. but i'm just guessing, maybe i'm missing something? i had a few paphs a few years back, they all had some amount of patterning on their leaves.

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    I agree, doesn't look like anything is wrong.

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    Oh fantastic :-) no my Bess looks happy enough, but I was worried about those leaf markings, if it was a sign the orchid was missing something or getting too much/low light. I've only had it for a couple of months

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    I could be that the temperature where you moved the plant is too warm. Besseaes don't tolerate hot temps. too well, especially for long periods.

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    Keep these phrags not damp but absolutely wet and they will adapt to most conditions.

    Ed

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