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I usually only grow phals but I just couldn't resist this oncidium
with it's cheery yellow flowers. It stopped flowering about 4 months
ago. I changed the potting medium but otherwise left it alone. After
about a month it started to grow a new leaf bulb (I don't know what to
call it). It looked great, nice and green with several leaves.
Yesterday when I went to check on the orchids I saw that all the new
growth had turned a mushy brownish yellow. I cut it off before I
thought of taking a photo.

What would cause this to happen? It had to have happened over a
period of less than 3 days since I check the orchids at least every
other day. The older leaves look fine - for now. The other plants
are also fine - for now.

Help!

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On Tue, 23 Dec 2008 14:23:15 -0800, Jane wrote
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I usually only grow phals but I just couldn't resist this oncidium
with it's cheery yellow flowers. It stopped flowering about 4 months
ago. I changed the potting medium but otherwise left it alone. After
about a month it started to grow a new leaf bulb (I don't know what to
call it). It looked great, nice and green with several leaves.
Yesterday when I went to check on the orchids I saw that all the new
growth had turned a mushy brownish yellow. I cut it off before I
thought of taking a photo.

What would cause this to happen? It had to have happened over a
period of less than 3 days since I check the orchids at least every
other day. The older leaves look fine - for now. The other plants
are also fine - for now.

Help!


The "leaf bulbs" are called pseudobulbs, because they are storage organs, but
not underground like a true bulb.
Mushy and brown are not good, and I think you were smart to excise the rotten
tissue. Probably bacterial and or fungal infection, perhaps from water
remaining in the origin of the leaves.
I would drench the site of the excision in Physan, to try to forestall spread
of even a few organisms.

Tom
Walnut Creek, CA
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