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    Default Hole chewed into pseudobulb? What the...

    My Max. tenuifolia is in bud, and today I noticed that one of the lowest pseudobulbs has been bored into! Almost all the way through Whatever did this is fast - the damage definitely wasn't there a day or two ago.

    Thoughts on what caused this, so I can kill it? It seems too deep to be snails. And FWIW this plant grows on a windowsill, hasn't been outdoors since August, and has been kept fairly dry over the winter.

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    My bet would be a slug...The reason that I think so was that I made the mistake (never again) of putting my Dendrobium apallon outside last year in the summer, and it was like nectar for the slugs and snails; they decapitated it...Surprisingly (and thankfully) it has recovered now. I even have to be careful with open windows because the Dendrobium must emit some kind of scent that draws the pests near!! ;P I despise slugs and snails, and I often put bait down. Also I have heard that copper tape is good, and I am considering getting some to apply to my pots. I am sorry about the damage to your Max. tenuifolia though. Perhaps repot it to make sure that no mollusks or other pests are hiding in the bark? (They sometimes do).

    (As your plant has not been outside, the damage could have been inflicted by a mollusk or other pest that has hatched out from the inside. )

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    I agree with kate. hole looks like one made by a slug. I have seen slugs making such holes in the roots my Phals.

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    OK, I've laid down slug bait - hopefully that takes care of it! Thanks all for the replies!!

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    I'm going with slug too, it looks just like the chewed areas on a cattleya I have. If it is a slug he's probably hiding right in the pot and you probably don't have to disturb the roots and stuff if you wanted to look for it. I found mine quite easily about an inch down in the potting media, a big fatty he was too!

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