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.

Results 1 to 4 of 4

Phal leaves appear to have a milky substance on them

This is a discussion on Phal leaves appear to have a milky substance on them within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; I bought my phal yesterday and maybe I'm being paranoid, but I wanted to see ...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    kaylee's Avatar
    kaylee is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    4

    Default Phal leaves appear to have a milky substance on them

    I bought my phal yesterday and maybe I'm being paranoid, but I wanted to see if this might be a concern. Though other threads came close to my issue, it wasn't quite. The leaves appear to have a milky substance on them. Not like a pest problem, but more like the leaves got wet and it's "hard" water leaving residue.

    This is a decent pic of the leaves...

    Even the base of the leaves seems to have it- almost where water sat- though I read that you shouldn't allow that. I don't know if they misted where I bought it.

    But other than that, the blooms seem very healthy!

    Any assistance would be great!

  2. #2
    orchidlady's Avatar
    orchidlady is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Susan
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Phal and Paph species
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    899

    Default

    Looks like it is residual that could have come from hard water, fertilizer, insecticide, anifungal, or any combination of these items. It's not unusual to find and is just cosmetic.

    Susan

  3. #3
    phytochrome's Avatar
    phytochrome is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Cheryl
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Oncidium Alliance, Phals, Paph
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Bozeman, Mt.
    Posts
    460
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Looks great to me...and the blooms are dynamic!

  4. #4
    Brutal_Dreamer's Avatar
    Brutal_Dreamer is offline Dreaming with my eyes open...
    Real Name
    Bruce Brown
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleyas & Slippers
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Arkansas
    Posts
    33,846
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Just use a damp cloth and wipe the leaves clean. You can also clean the leaves with Sunoil insecticidal Oil mixed with water. Most likely it is as Susan described.

    Cheers,
    BD

Similar Threads

  1. Phal leaves
    By maxciocc in forum Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: October 1st, 2008, 04:14 PM
  2. Phal--Pink Leaves
    By sadie in forum Genus Specific
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: August 30th, 2007, 01:41 PM
  3. Purple Phal Leaves
    By Tanya in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: May 1st, 2005, 10:44 PM
  4. sap on phal leaves
    By paphanatic in forum Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: April 4th, 2005, 08:40 PM
  5. Black Sooty Substance on Dendrobium
    By Tanya in forum Genus Specific
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: March 1st, 2005, 08:48 AM

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.