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Old 12-13-2015, 01:39 PM
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What's Wrong with My Mum's Phal?

Hi, folks!

I first came here searching for a way to get rid of spider mites without headache-inducing pesticides, and I found a great recipe (thanks!). That has worked wonders, but now my Mum's orchid has a new problem.

What is this on the leaf, and what could be the cause or causes?

(Note: the leaf is usually folded up like the one in the back)

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Have you confirmed that you actually got rid of the spider mites? Do you have a magnifying glass that you can scan the surface of those leaves with and look for critters smaller than you can see with the naked eye? Another thing you can try is wipe the surface onto a plain piece of white paper - then sometimes you can see itty bitty "dots" moving..........
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Have you confirmed that you actually got rid of the spider mites? Do you have a magnifying glass that you can scan the surface of those leaves with and look for critters smaller than you can see with the naked eye? Another thing you can try is wipe the surface onto a plain piece of white paper - then sometimes you can see itty bitty "dots" moving..........
Thanks for the tips. I'll try the paper method and report after the weekend. If they're still there, then they are some seriously stubborn bugs.
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Old 12-16-2015, 11:41 AM
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Mites are seriously difficult to permanently get rid of. As with most infestations, you have to stay on them for 3-4 (or more) applications to be assured of getting any you missed the first time, new eggs hatching, mites that were "in the area" but not literally on your plant when you sprayed can return, etc. There are chemical sprays that specifically target mites and there are also all organic/natural methods - you might check out this link to see one - plus get another feel for the diligence it takes to completely get rid of the buggers...... HOW TO KILL SPIDER MITES 100%: " Naturally - no chemicals" | Rollitup
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Thanks, Mayres! We have habanero peppers here by the buckets, so this recipe should be easy to execute.

If this doesn't chase them off, nothing will.
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Hi people!

Just wanted to share an update on Mum's phal. Here it is, recently sprayed and re-potted (as of Feb. 20, 2016). It's been transferred to a bigger pot, albeit a clay one which means more frequent watering, and it's been staked to keep it's heavy leaves upright. Good news - no more pesky pests! We're going to give it a good spraying for the next couple of weeks and then taper off a bit.

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Great to hear that the pests are gone!
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Great to hear that the pests are gone!
Thank you! Trust me, we're both happy.
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(Will post pics as soon as I figure out why the attachment button won't work.)
It is an issue with the forum update, NOT you. I have a couple of plants I want to share, but haven't been able to either.

Like any update, there's always a debugging period.
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It is an issue with the forum update, NOT you. I have a couple of plants I want to share, but haven't been able to either.

Like any update, there's always a debugging period.
Ah, now it makes sense. Thanks, Anton.
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YES! Images are back! Anyway, here's my Mum's phal in its nice new pot (with mites-free leaves). The grower we got it from did the repotting, and staked it so that it wouldn't topple over.

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And here's my phal that she gave me for my birthday. This is its second bloom since I got it in August 2015:

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Very nice. It looks happy in it's new pot. Your other bloom is very pretty. Beautiful markings
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Thanks, @Leafmite and @gingerhill. I checked and sprayed both last week, and my Mum's plant has settled in nicely in its roomier pot. I was a bit shocked by how fast the root spread took place.
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