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Old 06-26-2013, 10:08 PM
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Please help me, my phal is sick

I noticed brown sticky fluid on a stem of my phal a few days ago. Today there's a lot more droplets and I noticed the stem has become soft and thin. It looks like the outer harder skin of the stem has disappeared, exposing the light green portion of the inside. I tried researching about this and all I could find was about "happy sap". I really don't think this is anything happy. Can someone help me? What is this? How do I fix it? Please help!
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:33 PM
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Not to second guess you, but are you sure it's brown? It looks clear to me based on the photos. Try patting it with a piece of white tissue or even toilet paper.

If indeed it is brown and wet, you have a problem. Not much you can do, except cut the spike close to the base of the plant with a clean knife or pair of scissors and dust with cinnamon. It may even respike fairly soon. Increase air flow around the plant, and be careful about getting water on the spike & leaves. Based on the photos, though, I can't recommend cutting it yet, until it's more certain that the spike is diseased beyond hope.

If it's viscous (sticky) and clear, you've got sap. Looking at the pic and based on the fact that you said it was sticky, I think this is the case. If you're really adventurous, taste it. Just have some mouthwash ready in case it's not sweet (meaning it's not sap).
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I patted it with white tissue paper, it is indeed brown and super sticky. I tasted it too, not sweet, not even close. So... bad news huh? :-(
Anything I can do to try to salvage it?
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I can definitely see there is a slightly sunken area right next to the brown sap. Is there any possibility that it could've gotten injured (by something hot)?
Another possibility is some sort of infection. Either way it doesn't look benign.

I would say keep an eye on it. If you notice the sunken area change color or spread, cut well below the area with sanitized shears.
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Look up "Erwinia" and compare your plant's symptoms. I'd cut well below the brown area and douse the plant with Hydrogen Peroxide. I hope you get it cleared up.
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I agree with slc - it is also highly contagious to other plants.

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I agree, I would cut that spike off immediately so that fluid isn't dropping onto your orchid, and douse it as recommended above. good luck with it.
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Bacterial… cut largely with a sterilized tool, put cinnamon on the cut. The bit should go directly in the bin. Go at least an inch/ 2-3 cm below to cut. If it's still looking bad inside, clean the tool again (sterile) and cut even lower.

Do NOT touch any part of the plant before seriously cleaning your hands afterwards.

It'll respike.

On the rotting part: looking wet, something is brewing, if it smells, it's rotting.
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