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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:03 pm 
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Hi all,

I'm new here on the forum, and to orchids generally. I bought my first orchid 10 days ago - it's a Cymbidium 'Spring Wind':

https://www.dropbox.com/s/hk7c7ag6ocizcpg/Cymbidium%20Spring.Wind.jpg?dl=0
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However, after I got it home, I realised it has these black spots near a few of the bulbs (the leaves otherwise look pretty clean).

Picture here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/304q4ljymtn6uad/Cymbidium1.jpg?dl=0
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Does anybody know what it is, or what I should do about it?

Any help gratefully received.

Alison

P.S. Apologies for the URLs - I can't seem to get images to upload despite them being within the size limits :problem:


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I have added direct image links for you - the dropbox gallery really doesn't support hotlinking images to here, and if you look at what I had to do when you "edit" the post to see, you'll see what I mean ;)

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Hello Alison and welcome to the forum. I hope you will find you enjoy your orchids and your cymbidium in particular. Markings like the ones you have shown are notoriously difficult to identify and I can't say definitely if it is anything to worry about or not. The fact that it is only on the base of the leaves, rather than along the whole length, would indicate to me that it is not a virus but perhaps the result of a fungal infection.
If it was mine i would just keep an eye on it to check it did not spread. Once the risk of frost has passed, in May, then I would put it outside.

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Rob - Many thanks for fixing my images. I do see what you did to make it work - the two really do not play well together!

Terry - Thank you for your very helpful answer. I will do as you suggest and keep an eye for now until it can go outside in May. One further question if I may - how do you go about keeping pests off them once outside?


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