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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 ...

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    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!

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    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.


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

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    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.


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