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Treating for fungus

This is a discussion on Treating for fungus within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I agree, John. I thought the only things that would kill a virus were bleach, ...

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    I agree, John. I thought the only things that would kill a virus were bleach, ammonia and Lysol (which is primarily ethanol, odd as that seems). :P And none of these would ever touch my plants!!!

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    bleach is perfectly fine to touch a plant and actually should be encouraged to be used when ever cutting anything off an orchid (leaf, root, spike..) so as not to spread viruses. and on that note, nothing can get rid of a virus. it is in the tissue of the plant. any time new growths come up they will be infected. if you want to clone it they wont because even on a new shoot the meristematic tissue has the virus in it! however i am fairly sure that viruses can not be passed on through pollen..and also many plant these days have viruses and you wouldnt even know it. Vandas and Cattleyas especially! often times viral symptoms will not present themselves unless certain stresses or cultural changes occur to set them off..

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    Wow... What strength bleach solution is safe to use on orchids?

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