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Old 11-25-2014, 06:25 PM
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Help: what on earth is this white goo?

My phal had three spikes growing (one new and two old ones that were getting ready to rebloom) when the plant was knocked over and one of the old spikes was badly damaged. I cut that spike back, figuring that I still had two good spikes. But I didn't use any cinnamon on the spike end because I've never needed to really.

Now, a couple of weeks later , I've noticed what I can only describe as a white goo coming out of the stump of the old spike. I've attached pictures showing it. It's very soft and was easily removed with a hairpin (I happened to have one nearby). I've separated this plant from my others just in case.

Any idea what this is? How should I treat the plant? Is this something fungal? My plant is still happily developing it's spikes and growing a new leaf, but I guess 2 weeks isn't really enough time to cause a drastic change
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:11 PM
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ALWAYS treat cut / broken roots with either a fungicide / anti bacterial treatment, such as cinnamon, sulphur based fungicide, hydrogen peroxide etc.

You may have not needed it in the past, but, to me, you have been lucky, but eventually it WILL catch up with you ......
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Old 11-25-2014, 08:55 PM
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does look like fungus,mushroom type ..maybe some sort of slime mold??
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:19 AM
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Does it smell mushroom ? a
If not, does it taste sweet? b

a = fungus at work
b = sap
If neither, don't swallow, spit. There's other possibilities (nasty), but I think it's sap, and it should be sealed. Cinnamon can do that.

Fungus => fungicide
Sap => hydrogen peroxyde to be sure it's clean, cinnamon, and if it still comes out after a day or two, I'd seal it either with wax or with a red hot knife.
Neither => hydrogen peroxyde to clean, cut lower, then same than for sap save don't seal with wax.

The only thing I can thing of else are Mycetozoa (protozoan) and it's not that current… (no simple way to cure afaik)
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I've cleaned the site and I think it may be sap. The cut underneath still looks very healthy, not "mushy" or decayed. But to be safe I've cut the tip off and treated it with cinnamon.

Thanks for the help, will keep you posted if things change.
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:29 AM
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I have learned on this site not to treat roots with cinnamon. Another fungicide might be OK.

If I need to cut a root or break one, I usually just leave the plant without water a few days until the damage scars over on its own. This seems to work well and simply requires that you do nothing for a few days. The plants don't mind this at all.
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I do the same for roots Catt, and have never had issues, which is why I didn't do anything for the spike. Then again, this is the first time I've cut off a living spike, rather than waiting for it die back, so I guess it's just a new learning point for me.
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Old 12-06-2014, 10:13 AM
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The plant is doing well and the spike's tip has now dried out nicely. I'm now 90% sure it was just sap, since more liquid continued to ooze out for a few days.
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I am glad that all was well. My plumeria have a white, sticky sap when I accidentally knock off a leaf but I did not know that phals also had this. Interesting.
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Broken stems spikes leaves etc will continue to try to grow after being broken. What you are seeing is the plants still providing nutrients to the missing stem. It will stop when the stem cauterizes. You can just ignore it.
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