Short story: I got a "Westerlay Orchids" brand Phalaenopsis as a gift about a month ago and now I think it may have issues. Haven't seen crawlies yet.
Long story: Got the orchid about 11/15/15. It's pretty and in bloom! I check it over and place it in a quarantine spot though it looks fine. 11/17 Big storm causes power outage for 4 days. Average 49-57 inside during that time. I had to move it to a warm spot in the middle of the room. 11/21 I get back to the house after staying with a friend for the last day of the power outage. Room mate has moved orchid to a different table. It's about 5' away from a forced air wall heater and being blown on. It feels warm to the touch and I move it back to a bedroom where it gets adequate window light and is kept 60-80F (when our power isn't out). 12/1 I start to notice microscopic white oval specks but can't decide if they're dust or not. 12/6 one of the blossoms dropped so I spray watered the top roots and did a small inspection. Found one weird cocoon looking thing between two leaves. It's not thick enough to hide anything so maybe something hatched already? Could it be spider mites? It does look like a really condensed web... Below are the pics I took, please let me know if you need more. Sorry for the low quality, thanks for reading!
Below: cocoon like web between leaves
Below: cocoon like web between leaves, closer
Below: at the base I see some white where the leaves connect, is this normal? Or not...
Below: leaf close up- is this mite stippling?
Below: another leaf
Below: More of the base
Below: the whole plant
Below: the flowers
Please forgive my spelling/grammar errors. And thanks for your help!
Post by theplantman on Dec 6, 2015 18:24:28 GMT -5
Hi there! You have a 100% perfectly healthy Phal. There are no overt problems that I can detect, and I grow over 250 different kinds of orchids.
To more specifically alleviate any "new plant jitters," (1) the webbing you're seeing is far too large for spider mites, and it's much more likely that an actual spider (i.e. pest predator) made it. Nothing to worry about. (2) The leaf bases abscise (naturally fall off when the leaf gets old) from those little light-colored bands. Also normal. Phal leaves have a very long lifespan, but when your plant is old enough the leaves will shed from those points. (3) The stippling is nothing out of the ordinary. Stippling does occur from mites, but it does not look like that. And by the time you see enough stippling to totally cover the leaf, you will also see the actual mites themselves as well as their webbing (neither of which are present on the photos).
Hope this helps. Your plant is quite pretty and I hope you enjoy it!
Kevin "the Plant Man" kevintheplantman.wordpress.com
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