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Old 12-06-2012, 06:51 AM
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What is this?

i noticed this tonight on the underside of the smallest leaf of a little phal i bought as a seedling last year.





looks like eggs...insect eggs i guess.

anything i should be worried about??

otherwise the plant is happy and healthy i think. here are some shots of the rest of the plant in case there is something i have missed.











your advice is appreciated

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Old 12-06-2012, 07:40 AM
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Your phal is full of scale!! Take a q-tip, dip it in alcohol and rub them off one by one.
Isolate the plant immediately, so that they don't transfer to the other plants and check it regularly to make sure you have killed them all.

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Old 12-06-2012, 07:43 AM
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Scale Insects

I'm pretty sure they are SCALE Insects sucking the goodness from your orchids - and protected by hard shell. I'd take them off one by one and dispose of them promptly. Someone who knows more than I do may suggest a spray too. They need to go! Also check your other plants.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:48 PM
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Looks like scale to me too. Fair chance there are some in the bark mix too, so consider a repot, then treat.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:25 PM
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Wow... I've never seen the hard kind of scale. Does alcohol work on them too? If this is the hard scale... I have only seen the white fluffy kind. But I don't think that is called scale then... Oh dear. I may have just lost myself. >w<;;

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Old 12-07-2012, 03:10 PM
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If I understand correctly, those fluffy white things are immature critters. There is also a white-ish stage that if round and flat, before the hard shells get brown and rounded. A squirt of brookn's recipe followed by a quick wipe with a toothpick, etc. will remove any stage.

This information, sadly, is based on observation, not academic research.
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Old 12-08-2012, 03:04 PM
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I have removed the offending leaf and wil remove any scale that's left and repot asap

What alcohol can I use? Is isocol ok? Its rubbing alcohol

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Old 12-08-2012, 08:32 PM
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If you have cut the leaf off, and you repot, then your problems may be gone. Just keep an eye out after you repot.
If you do treat with isocol, just apply with cotton bud on each scale. A few days later they will go a lighter color indicating they have died.
Certain types of oil also work by suffocation, as too dishsoap. ie safers, or dishwashing detergent that is phosphorous free.
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:08 AM
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It won't be gone as there's tiny ones on the others.
Removing the leaf wasn't necessary, but it's done.

You can remove the scales with alcohol (70) as plucker wrote, repot (now the eggs are under the scales, not in the bark.

Given the number of them, I'd go systemic, and treat (and check) all the plants around, not only orchids.
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For a small infestation, you can rub it or swab it with a isopropyl in a cotton to remove them. There are also some insecticide that is good and available to use in orchids make sure that they are labeled that is for ornamental plant. And I have care tips to remember for you, check all your orchids (your collection) regularly if for signs of scale and remove it regularly.
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