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What's this????

This is a discussion on What's this???? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; It's a NOID plant I don't love, but I'd rather learn how to fix on ...

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    It's a NOID plant I don't love, but I'd rather learn how to fix on this one than on one of my loved plants... so what is it and what do I do?? It's away from my other plants now. It's been treated exactly the same as my other plants except it's planted in spagh because of no roots at the time. It just started growing great roots.... but it could be a moisture problem...

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    I can't clearly tell what it is, but my guess is mealy bugs. If you can wipe it off the leaves, do so. And after that, put a couple very small squirts of dish detergent per gallon, and spray it on that plant... don't use the entire gallon, just use a little bit. Try only spraying in the affected areas on the leaf. I am not sure how your plant would react to having lots of soap on it...

    If it is not mealy bugs, then I don't know what they are...

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    Thats what I use but you have to do it more than once. I do it every week at least three times. Linda

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    Sure looks like mealies to me. I use neem oil on them. But you do need to follow up every few days. Also check nearby plants. They're hard to spot. Any tiny white flecks could be them. They love nooks and crannies of leaves, axils, under the paper sheaths at the base of p-bulbs. They're little, so peer closely.

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    I use Sun-oil/water mixture and spray them directly with a strong spray bottle. Be sure to check under the leaf and like Julie said, all the plants around this one. They will kill a leaf very quickly. They will also get into buds FAST. Kill them before they spread around.

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    Hi all. I've been gone all day, but I decided after reading this to have a good look. I didn't see bugs, but then, I don't know what I"m looking for and if I need a microscope or something.... then I took a toothpick and scraped it off. It looks like fuzzy mold. I assumed it WAS mold. It also has thickish flakes in there... sort of brown - maybe under the fluffy moldy looking stuff.
    I sprayed it with some organic mealybug and other bug killing stuff I have. Since I didn't see any bugs and don't know what I'm looking for, I didn't think I should go spraying all of my plants, but maybe I'll check for damage carefully for the next while?? I'll go look for pics online too - to see what I'm looking for.

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    It looks like they are able to be seen with the nekkid eye, and I didn't see any bugs. Could it be mold or some other disease or problem??

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    That is what I think. If you look closely you can see the injury to the leaf. This, combined with high humidity can promote mold or fungus. I would sterilize a pair of sissors and remove the affected areas. Then sterilize the sissors right away again so you don't forget and spread the crud around.

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    Thank you Idaho...
    I sprayed as if for bugs, and scraped away the white fluff with a tooth pick. Both leaves on this growth are going to die, but it doesn't look like it's on any more of the plant. Perhaps I will take a picture of the whole plant. I was a bit nervous to cut off the whole single growth.... I'm watching it to see if it looks like it's spreading. Not sure I've learned one thing from this problem for next time, but we'll see, there's still time.... :c)

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