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Nasty Sandy Sunburn

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    This is what happens when you try to hurry an orchid along. I put this expensive sanderianum plant in brighter light to encourage bloom, and managed to encourage burn. The plant takes twelve years or more to grow to blooming size. This damage took less than two days to occur. The plant has since been returned to its original location.....
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    Interesting - most sunburn I've seen has been closer to the ends of the leaves. Maybe what I have seen is actually fertilizer burn (came w/ the plant...not my doing, 'cept the roth. which in retrospect did act differently, but not at all like your sand. either!)

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    Actually, your sanderianum looks a lot better than the ones growing in the wild! In the wild they face many different natural elements and as a result they look stressed, leaves chopped up/eaten/chewed by animals and insects and yet they still grow and survive.

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    Pete always makes *me* feel better when he says that!


    hehe, back in that mood tonight...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heather
    Pete always makes *me* feel better when he says that!


    hehe, back in that mood tonight...
    It's true! It's true!

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    Yeah, at the ends is typically fertilizer burn. This here is very much sunscorch. I actually watched those areas turn yellow first and did nothing about it, thinking I was just seeing things. Just goes to show you that having experience doesn't necessarily grant one immunity from the occasional mind-fart.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by lja
    Yeah, at the ends is typically fertilizer burn. This here is very much sunscorch. I actually watched those areas turn yellow first and did nothing about it, thinking I was just seeing things. Just goes to show you that having experience doesn't necessarily grant one immunity from the occasional mind-fart.....
    You're so right! I have actually done that myself to one of my Paph roths. I left it in full direct afternoon sun one time and forgot all about it. After realization, I found the plant had a burnt leaf! Poor thing!

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    Pete, I do appreciate your trying to make me feel better about it. I really do. But, given that there's nothing in the greenhouse that chops, eats, and chews except for me and the occasional Bruce, there's no excuse for my letting this happen. I just got impatient with the thing not blooming yet.

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    Well, I still don't know what my roth issue was then since it started at the tip and got nasty fast. Still on, but completely brown/greasy looking still. I'm waiting for it to shrivel up. Everything else still looks fine!

    Louis, no chewing on the plants, please....
    (you've had a rough day, haven't you??)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heather
    Well, I still don't know what my roth issue was then since it started at the tip and got nasty fast. Still on, but completely brown/greasy looking still. I'm waiting for it to shrivel up. Everything else still looks fine!

    Louis, no chewing on the plants, please....
    (you've had a rough day, haven't you??)
    Heather, your roth had suffered sunburn, case closed!

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