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Cattleya problem

Discussion in 'Issues, Disease and Pests' started by jimbo0108, Sep 3, 2014.

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    I've been hoping this would get better but it is not. I have noticed it now going on 5 months...it was a gift around Christmas time 2013 and started showing about 3 mo after that...i reported and treated with cinnamon thinking a fungal disease since it had small mushroom growing in the media prior to repot. I need advice in what it is and how to treat it. It has new growth also so i am stumped. Thanks in advance.
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    Also want to add I tried the cinnamon cause I saw it on you tube, hoping to go natural but that obviously didn't work so if it is fungal what would work best?...I've also tried more water...less water...and still nothing...
     
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    Jimbo how is the root system? If cinnamon is put on the roots it can desiccate them. So your plant may just be very thirsty.

    Did you have the yellowing of the leaves and shriveling of the p.bulbs before the cinnamon or did that come after treatment?
    If you did have the yellowing and wrinkling of the leaves before treatment and your plant has a good root system, I would look up fusarium.
     
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    Root system was good when I treated, haven't looked since but has grown some new ones with the new growth. The yellowing and shriveling started before I treated and was what alarmed me there was an issue along with the pleated leaves.
     
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    Jimbo, my first thought is the growing medium. The sphagnum moss may be keeping the roots too wet and leading to rot. The new roots may still be close enough to the surface that they are unaffected by the wet conditions deeper in the sphagnum. I recommend repotting, inspecting the roots and potting in medium bark or bark mix. How often do you water?
     
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    I water completely about every week or when it gets pretty dry but I spray the base of all my orchids lightly daily. I will try to repot again in a more course media...maybe treat w antifungal while I'm at it. Would it harm it if I treat it if it has no fungal infection?
     
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    Just wanted to confirm I did the right thing...I noticed the roots were not the greatest and saw this when I repootted...I treated w a antifungal "daconil" does anyone know if it's ok to treat with daconil? I hope so:-\ this is the first time I've had to treat for fungus with a fungicide...I'm afraid of damage to the plant....After treating I let it set for hours and then repot it in bark, charcoal, perlite, moss mix. Tell me what u think