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Vanda leaves look "skinned" on the edges

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    Question Vanda leaves look "skinned" on the edges

    I have 8 small vandas purchased in October. Until it got too cold, they were hanging inside a screened patio but have been indoors for 2 months now. They are in a Florida room with south and west windows, and the plant hangar sits back from the windows in the center of the room. They get bright light but rarely does the sun shine on them directly -- maybe 30 minutes and the sun is weak right now. I am in the Florida panhandle.

    Photos are of Ascocentrum miniatum which seems to be a happy plant, although the leaves have become heavily freckled. Main concern is the rough, whitish edges that are developing on this little guy, and on all the vandas over time. It's kind of like the outer layer of the leaf has been skinned off, leaving fibers exposed. Some of the leaf tips are missing, almost like they were munched off. If these were outdoors, I'd be suspecting a little gecko but I don't think that is possible now.

    I am carrying these plants back and forth to the shower or bath tub for watering twice a week. Could they be so delicate that any bumping is damaging them? Some of the other vandas are getting the occasional dark spot on a leaf. Don't want an epidemic to break out. What's up?

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    Thanks.

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    Your problem is probably physical damage from hauling them back and forth. My plants tend to have similar damage, I consider it to be the risk of having to cart them into a different room to water them.

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    I agree with Sean. looks more like a mechanical damage. downside of these damages is that they become more susceptible to infections. if you follow a regular fungicide and insecticide course then that should not be an issue.

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    I too agree with Sean. Those freckles are common to Asco miniatum when exposed to high levels of light. Does them no harm.

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    Thank you for the insight. It does seem to be getting a little worse. The vein down the back of some of the really long leaves is starting to split from the tip down. I don't think I am handling these roughly, guess they just can't handle any bumping.

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