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What is this black stuff?

This is a discussion on What is this black stuff? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I purchased a couple little starter orchids from a garden show a few weeks ago. ...

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    brandankinfortpiercefl is offline Junior Member
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    Default What is this black stuff?

    I purchased a couple little starter orchids from a garden show a few weeks ago. Not paying attention I bought this Blc. Hawaiian Night Life 'Carmela' and when I got home I realized it had this black stuff on the psuedobublbs and it looks like the new growth has it as well.A few weeks have gone by and it looks a little better but can anyone tell me what this is or what I should do about it. thanks brandan


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    wetfeet101b is offline It's not dead! It's just permanently dormant.
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    It looks like tissue damage or rot. This usually happens when the plants are exposed to very cold conditions.
    Young plants are more likely to suffer from cold/frost damage compared to mature plants.

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