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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 3:51 pm 
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I have had my orchid for over a year after rescuing it from a clearance in a supermarket. Last week the middle leaf started to turn yellow and has deteriorated despite my attempts to save it. :cry: On closer inspection I noticed tiny black bugs on the leaf and soon found them covering the plant. They are mainly hiding at the base of the leaves. I tried to remove some with damp cotton buds but hundreds appeared and the infested growing leaves fell off in my hand to reveal a black, infested center of the crown. Does anyone know what these pest are?? and can my orchid be saved? Will my other orchid be safe as long as I keep them separate? Thanks X


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 5:08 pm 
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To save you worrying about the phaleanopsis --- I would bin it and buy another one, The price of a new plant will be cheaper than the price of the cures ( if there is a cure ). Sorry in having to say this but after keeping orchids for over 45 years it teaches you to follow the most sensible outcome.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 8:19 pm 
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Do as Ed suggests and bin that plant. It's difficult to give a good diagnosis because we can't see the whole plant, but my guess would be that the plant has crown rot and that the bugs are a secondary problem.

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Educated guess: Phylobates, acarians that are usually eating others on orchids. Harmless.

You can't see and take pics of nasty ones that way. Phylobates are *way* bigger.

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