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Help Please, New Addition With A Virus??

This is a discussion on Help Please, New Addition With A Virus?? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; It turned into a beautiful, magenta and yellow Miltoniopsis. I returned it yesterday to the ...

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    It turned into a beautiful, magenta and yellow Miltoniopsis. I returned it yesterday to the store it came from and they let me exchange it. The yellow Milt I have makes my entire bathroom smell like Gardenia and it's doing really good so I figured another one couldn't hurt

    I'd just rather not take a chance on the possibility of a virus, even with a gift. But it brought me to this forum, so something good came out of it!

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    so its a happy ending,..

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    Quote Originally Posted by lijun View Post
    how is your phal doing? I just read about a virus by the name of erwinia, could cause various things including transluscent leaves,.. one of the picture of the leaf actually looks like yours,. I hope yours dont have this virus
    Iljun, there are three kinds of infections that orchids go through

    1. bacterial
    2. fungal
    3. viral.

    erwina is a bacterial infection. bacterial and fungal infections are curable if identified in early stages.

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    so it's not a virus? anyways,.. ksiram,.. do you think thats the one causing that? eventho problems solved with happy ending,.. i'm honestly still curious.

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    bacterial infections are caused by a combination of
    1. moist and warm environment (high humidity)
    2. availability of free water. (water in crown, or water dripping )
    3. natural opening (crown) or wound
    bacteria is everywhere but once these combinations come together, they multiply and cause infection. we should have cultural practices that control these parameters as much as possible.

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    i meant on the previous phal the one thats already returned to the seller,... the translucent leaf like on the first picture of this thread,...

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    certainly looks like a bacterial infection to me.

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    Glad to hear ur orchid is well. There are transparencies that may not harm ur plant just cause unsightly marks. Minor chemical burns can sometimes be caused in regions that have high heat or temps. A chemical that otherwise would not be harmful can get to hot and burn the leaves. If the chemical burn is minor this can sometimes lead to the mesh substance inside the leaves to become exposed. The second, oddly, is in cool climates with low humidity and temp. Water can sit on the leaves until they become mush that eventually leads to a web-like transparency.

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    I looked up the bacterial infection that lijun mentioned and it did look very similar. The leaf that I cut in the first picture had the transparency going straight into the crown. I had only had it for two days when this started and it took over the width of that leaf very fast! I'm very careful about water in the crown even just spritzing and having beading slip in there.

    Kim, it's good to know that transparencies don't always mean disease and your post made me think that maybe it was from the dye? Even though the original seller/grower puts it into the stem I'm sure it goes through the whole plant. So maybe the dye chemical burned it? It did look very similar to the bacterial issue tho too? Hummm, someone needs to remind me not to say "I want a blue orchid" right before Mother's Day, lol.

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