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This is a discussion on I NEED HELP! within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; OK!!!!!! I am beginning to lose it!!!! What is eating my Phal 's? Or is ...

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    OK!!!!!! I am beginning to lose it!!!! What is eating my Phal's? Or is it bacterial illness or is the insect vector damaging the leaf (see yellow/black spots on leaf) and secondary infection setting in???? I MUST resolve this issue because I'm going crazy. I remove the ugly stuff. I spray with two different insecticides (Imidacloprid - Bayer Advanced 3-In-1 and Acephate - Orthenex). I keep a clean GH with good air circulation and temperature....but S*?+ keeps going from bad to worse....there must be some VERY experienced smart growers out there who might be able to help.......please help because I ain't smart enough to figure this out! And the other question is for the "health-looking" Phal....is the color evidence of too much sun?
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    Maybe snail damage? Bush snails hide in the pots sometimes? Just a thought.

    I have always thought that purple color in phals was a good thing if it did not progress to sunburn.

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    If the purple color is on a phal with dark blooms I wouldn't worry. Otherwise you could back off the light just a little. The big holes look like snail or slug, possibly a late catepillar. The yellow dots look like the damage left behind from soft scale. The scale is long gone but the damage stays.

    They look quite healthy, so I wouldn't worry. You might check around the GH for snail slime, and put out some pellets or a tin plate of beer.

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    i would say that you have a small slug/snai; there,put some bait around.As for the color of the phallie,I beleve that a bit more shading would be good.I was always taught 70% shade,70degress farenheight,70% humidity.

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    I would definitely try some cheap beer! ( and keep the good stuff for yourself!)

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    I agree with the slug/snail answer and the beer one too.
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    Another really cheap way to get those bad snails to go away....put a penny on top of the potting medium. I found one rotting within days of doing the penny thing in my pots. Since then, not a single sign of one.
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    It is probably a slug from the look of the holes. Check under the pot and in the media. I would give the phal more shade. It looks as if it is on the verge of burning though some have a natural purple red color to the leaves.

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    Unbelievable!!!!! You all are wonderful for your responses. Yep! Snails....tiny little guys. I put out the apple slices and 24 hrs later some pieces had 2 or 3 crittrers. So now I've read about all kinds of other chemical means of disposing of snals and/or slugs. How do most of you feel about using things like Metaldehyde, Iron PO4, etc...???? I've read the label on the Metaldehyde....nasty stuff....almost scary! I just want to save my orchids but not at the risk of placing myself or the plants in harm's way. So what's next....just keep up with the apples and slowly crush them to death???? Or get aggressive????

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    Has the problem been in just the one phal so far? Be sure to repot that plant and wash the roots off well. I hear that bush snails spread quickly, so do isolate the plant while you decide what to do next.

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