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Old 11-23-2007, 12:30 PM
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I started a previous post about a bite on a new leaf (Phal). The hole is getting bigger! I though the edges were cracking as the leaf opens but the bite shape has definately changed over the past week.
Someone suggested trying Anton's soaking method but I can't find the thread. I have seen no bugs except the ones living in the medium.
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Old 11-23-2007, 01:51 PM
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I started a previous post about a bite on a new leaf (Phal). The hole is getting bigger! I though the edges were cracking as the leaf opens but the bite shape has definately changed over the past week.
Someone suggested trying Anton's soaking method but I can't find the thread. I have seen no bugs except the ones living in the medium.
Help!
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Take the plant, pot and all and place it in a pot or bowl of water to where the water just comes to the rim of the medium. (The medium will float a little bit, but not escape out of the pot/bowl.) Let set for about an hour or two. Check the surface of the water. Bugs or other little boogers can't hold their breath forever! Hope this helps
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Old 11-24-2007, 11:36 AM
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If there is a hole in a growing leaf, the hole will grow with the leaf growth. Changing shape can be expected as the leaf will not grow uniformly in all directions.
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Old 11-24-2007, 04:08 PM
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Thanks. Is there anything I can put onto the hole to stop it cracking and getting bigger?
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Old 11-24-2007, 05:33 PM
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Last January something took a bite out of a new growth on my Cattleya schilleriana. The leaves had not yet emerged and they had a nice bite of a "leaf sandwich." Afterwords the leaves opened up and the growth matured and I have a nice neat hole right in the middle of one of the leaves. It hasn't enlarged or cracked and it didn't deform the leaf but it was a Cattleya and it has tough, leathery leaves. I dont' think there's anything you cna do to repair the leaf but your plant will be ok.
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Old 11-24-2007, 06:57 PM
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Thanks for the reassurance.
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Old 11-24-2007, 07:10 PM
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Some time ago I had a phal that had a slug on it's youngest leaf. There was only about 50% at best of the leaf remaining after "breakfast" was served. I was wondering how this leaf would look as it grew - here is the leaf now - in the case of phals - they grow out from the bottom - what was the entire leaf when it was small is in fact only the tip of the leaf now.
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Old 11-25-2007, 06:57 AM
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Thanks for the photo Mike. Very reassuring. My youngest leaf has brownish edges like the one in your photo too.
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GOsh, that phal has some huge leaves Mike.
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