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Old 08-28-2015, 01:16 PM
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Sunburn and dehydration or something else?

Hi everyone, I hope someone can help me out with this. My plan now is just to keep the plant separate from my others until it dies or makes a comeback.

I purchased an Encyclia tampensis from Lowes a month ago. It spent the first few days/a week in high sun with high temperature before I decided to bring my orchids inside. It did get an obvious sunburn from this time outside. However much later it developed other spots on the leaves and some discoloration on some psuedobulbs. Some bulbs are somewhat soft. Not mushy or anything but have slightly more give than a healthy bulb would have. Could this be a dehydration issue or is it rot? The discoloration doesn't go deep into the plant tissue if that matters. I've been out of town for the past couple weeks so the plant wasn't getting watered/doesn't have roots.

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Thanks everyone, hope you are all having great luck with your plants!

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The orchid, overall, seems very healthy but you should watch the pseudobulb with the brown on it and make certain it doesn't get soft. It is difficult for me to tell if that is just from too much sun or if it is the start of brown rot (I am a little paranoid as I have gone through brown rot with two of my orchids....).
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Hello,
I bought the same orchid at Lowes also about 6 weeks ago.... It is doing the same thing. I do not know if that is normal or what??? No roots here either.
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Hmm I guess you guys are right, nothing to do but wait and see and be cautious! Is brown rot easily spreadable? I tend to water my orchids communally because it's the most convenient but I do worry about spreading things.. I know communal watering isn't ideal but when you're busy it's hard to find a faster way to water indoors. I'll definitely be keeping this orchid separate.

@kdennis14 interesting and somewhat worrying that you are getting the same results!
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Yes, brown rot is spreadable. I would just keep this orchid apart from the others and not share the communal watering for a time until you know whether that is what is happening. Fungus and bacteria easily spread through the water.

You mentioned that the orchid's roots are dead. What might be happening is that the pseudobulbs may be feeling soft as they are losing water through the leaves. I am not sure, really, what the brown is, but it might not be anything serious. Hopefully, someone who is more of an expert with Encyclias will chime in and give you some good advice. I really don't know what is normal for them as I just have the one. Until someone else offers better advice, I hope this famous document might be useful.

http://staugorchidsociety.org/PDF/Or...ySueBottom.pdf
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PS. It is always disappointing to un-pot an orchid and find the roots to be dead. Good luck with your Encyclia!
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I am going to take a photo of mine today and post it. I have been worrying about this one.
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If the pseudobulb hasn't become worse by now, it is probably not going to cause much trouble. Is there any new growths that haven't put out new roots yet?
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Hi guys! sorry I haven't updated, been super busy and my orchids are unfortunately showing it!

The spotting on my plant has not gotten worse and the psuedobulbs are all firm. The plant is putting out lots of roots so I believe it was a dehydration issue. Thankfully!

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