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sick orchid with spongy base

This is a discussion on sick orchid with spongy base within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; My favorite orchid has a wet spongy area at the root of the leave, it ...

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    dachshaven is offline Junior Member
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    Red face sick orchid with spongy base

    My favorite orchid has a wet spongy area at the root of the leave, it has lost 3 leaves so far, the 2 remaining leaves seem ok for now. The root of the plant feels spongy where the leaves came off, What is this and how do I treat it?? I have isolated this plant. My orchid is a phal.

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    I would recommend posting a picture of the affected areas so we can see what is going on. However, I would guess it is some type of infection, bacterial or otherwise. You may need to treat with a fungicide, but without a picture it's just a guess.

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    If it is a bacterial problem, soak with hydrogen peroxide.

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    Good advice from both Connie and Cindi. If you have a photo of the orchid it would help.


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