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Vanda spike turned brown

This is a discussion on Vanda spike turned brown within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; The day before yesterday this spike was green. Today brown. I dug underneath it and ...

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    Default Vanda spike turned brown

    The day before yesterday this spike was green. Today brown. I dug underneath it and sure enough some tiny white mites? appeared. Is this what caused it to turn brown? Over the winter a little debris accumulated down in my vanda leaves (like oak pollen). Do you think the mites were in there? And . . What is the best way to clear the small debris that gets way down in those leaves? Also what would you recommend I do about these mites? There were just a few.
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    Bummer!

    I use tweezers to get stuff out of crevices on my orchids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78Terp View Post
    Bummer!

    I use tweezers to get stuff out of crevices on my orchids.
    Thank you Harvey! Great idea!

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    I turn hose on pretty strong flow and just flush it out.

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    If you saw only few mites than i think they would not do that much damage. Maybe your weather did something to it?!

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    Sorry about that Sheryl. Could be water accumulation. Pest cannot be also ruled out

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    Quote Originally Posted by chemist View Post
    I turn hose on pretty strong flow and just flush it out.

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    If you saw only few mites than i think they would not do that much damage. Maybe your weather did something to it?!
    Thank you Svetiana.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksriramkumar View Post
    Sorry about that Sheryl. Could be water accumulation. Pest cannot be also ruled out
    Thank you Sriram.

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