Shop Orchid Care OrchidTalk Orchid Forum Weather Station Links Nursery

Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums


The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!


  •  » Learn to Repot your Orchids
  •  » Learn Orchid Care Tips and Secrets
  •  » Find the perfect Orchid for your Growing Environment
  •  » Chat with Orchid Growing Professionals

OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"


Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.


YES! I want to register an account for free right now!


Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 24

Gray bubbles that pop

This is a discussion on Gray bubbles that pop within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I'm in the middle of repotting my phal . There are a bunch of little ...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    xiongmaopanda's Avatar
    xiongmaopanda is offline Junior Member
    My Grow Area
    On a Porch/Patio.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Phalaenopsis
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    26

    Default Gray bubbles that pop

    I'm in the middle of repotting my phal. There are a bunch of little gray bubbles that are just kinda laying in the potting mix. I picked one up and popped it between my fingernails. That was really gross. A lot of gray ooze stuff came out. I'm really curious what this is. I hope it isn't mold. I'm pretty allergic to mold. Thank you for any help!

  2. #2
    clintdawley's Avatar
    clintdawley is offline Wrapped in metal..wrapped in ivy...
    Real Name
    Clint M. Dawley
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleya Alliance
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Posts
    2,743
    Member's Country Flag

    Default Slime mold?

    Sounds like slime mold to me.

    Does it look like this:


  3. #3
    clintdawley's Avatar
    clintdawley is offline Wrapped in metal..wrapped in ivy...
    Real Name
    Clint M. Dawley
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleya Alliance
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Posts
    2,743
    Member's Country Flag

    Default Better Picture

    I found a better picture


  4. #4
    xiongmaopanda's Avatar
    xiongmaopanda is offline Junior Member
    My Grow Area
    On a Porch/Patio.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Phalaenopsis
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    26

    Default

    That is the nasty stuff that is in my orchid. By chance do you know how to get rid of it?
    It is strange that it is mold since my orchid sits right near an air vent and has regular air circulation.

  5. #5
    Shaydra is offline Senior Member
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    All of them!
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    654
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    That stuff in the second picture was in my new phal that I just bought the other week, too! If that's mold, maybe its a good thing that my cat knocked it over and forced me to repot it - even if it was in bloom. I thought maybe it was some kind of fertilizer...

  6. #6
    clintdawley's Avatar
    clintdawley is offline Wrapped in metal..wrapped in ivy...
    Real Name
    Clint M. Dawley
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleya Alliance
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Posts
    2,743
    Member's Country Flag

    Default Water?

    Too much water and media that is deteriorating cause this. Unpot the plant, soak it in something like Physan, and repot using fresh media. Try keeping the plant a little on the dry side for a while.

    Oh, you said you were repotting, so you may have already solved most of the problems.

  7. #7
    xiongmaopanda's Avatar
    xiongmaopanda is offline Junior Member
    My Grow Area
    On a Porch/Patio.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Phalaenopsis
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    26

    Default

    I decided to repot because the blooms just died. I was originally going to leave the spike but it has started to turn brown. Now I need to figure out where I should cut it off at.
    I'm glad that I started to repot, it definatly needed it. I only waited so long because it was in bloom.

  8. #8
    clintdawley's Avatar
    clintdawley is offline Wrapped in metal..wrapped in ivy...
    Real Name
    Clint M. Dawley
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleya Alliance
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Posts
    2,743
    Member's Country Flag

    Default Spike...

    I would cut the spike entirely off and let the plant rest.

  9. #9
    Shaydra is offline Senior Member
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    All of them!
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    654
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    That is the weirdest looking mold I've ever seen. I hope it will be ok that I didn't soak the plant before changing the media. I also hope it won't come back since I did a course bark/charcoal/perlite mix at the bottom with sphag moss on the top!

  10. #10
    xiongmaopanda's Avatar
    xiongmaopanda is offline Junior Member
    My Grow Area
    On a Porch/Patio.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Phalaenopsis
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    26

    Default

    By off entirely do you mean down close to the leaves? Above the first node?

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
OrchidTalk --An Orchid Growers Discussion Forum brought to you by River Valley Orchidworks. A World Community where orchid beginners and experts talk about orchids and share tips on their care, cultivation, and propagation.