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Burr Kilauea 'Hawaii' problem

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    Here is a pic of my Burr Kilauea 'Hawaii'. As you can see it definitely has a problem. Not only are the leaves spotted, but the plant is stunted as well. Been growing it for 2 yrs. and it has not grown much at all. I inspect it every week for insects and have found nada. Also did the wet paper towel test for spider mite. Have repotted it from straight bark due to roots failure to thrive, into peat, perlite and bark. Can't figure out what the spots are, they almost look as if the leaf is transparent in those areas. I moved it from a south window to an east window thinking it was getting too much sun and still it doesn't want to grow. It is on the same fert. sched. as my other orchids. BTW, the burrs(I have 2) are the only ones in my collection with this problem. HELP!
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    If I'm recalling correctly, that's usually the result of a bacteria or fungal infection. We'll have to wait for a more knowledgeable soul to come along.

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    I'd say it's a disease of some sort. Many times these sort themselves out. What type of fert schedule is it on?

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    This looks like sucking insect damage to me. Do you recall--was it there when you purchased the plant or did it appear later on (while in your care). Have you ever put the plant outdoors during spring/summer/fall? The insect damage is not likely to stunt the plant. More likely is the possibility that you put in in too big of a pot when you repotted. I can't see all of the plant but the pot size seems quite generous for the amount of foliage growth in the photo. You might consider "downsizing" the pot this spring (about April 1). That is the best time to repot (sun getting stronger, plant starting to put out new growth for the season).

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    The plant is on a weakly, weakly sch. And is quite full although you can't tell from the pic. It's in a 5" clay pot.

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