Orchids forum: Didn't see this in the shop

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Name: Alyssa Blue
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May 14, 2017 8:36 AM CST
I picked up this orchid, and didn't see this leaf problem until I got home. Is it some type of pest, or a watering issue? I'm not sure how long it was at the store, it's so large, the leaves are a little beat up, but the rest look healthy. I thought it looked like a good long term plant if taken care of well enough. What do you think? Thanks in advance!

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Name: lindsey
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May 14, 2017 11:34 AM CST
I've salvaged and grown a few Phals...but am no expert..I now find them almost impossible to grow since I now grow everything outdoors. That said...I do not like the look of that leaf and even though it might look ugly , I would cut that leaf off about an inch below the lowest visible area...then apply cinnamon ( a Q-tip makes a great applicator). From what I can see of your photos the plant looks great. Hopefully a more experienced grower will chime in here.
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May 14, 2017 7:48 PM CST

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I'm afraid I cannot help with identifying the problem, but I suggest keeping this orchid away from any others you might have. If it is a virus, fungal problem or pest, you don't want to be transferring it to other plants.
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Name: Alyssa Blue
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May 14, 2017 8:38 PM CST
Thank you- I have had the plant in quarantine, just in case. And when I noticed it, I sprayed it with the usual Safer Insecticidal Soap, as a precaution. It's still a smooth surface to the leaf, and that is the only leaf affected, so I'm wondering if its something like water sat on it for a while, it got cold, etc. If it were pests, wouldn't the leaves be bumpy?

Not sure if I should return it or try to work it out. I really like the flower. Which, are staying on the plant and look healthy. (So far)
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Name: Jim Hawk
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May 16, 2017 10:28 AM CST
I've had that same problem on both Phals and Catts. I think it is caused by a clear-winged chalcid wasp. It deposits its larva in the leaf tissue. The larva feeds a little and then eats its way out, leaving the hole. Unless you get a bunch of them, it is not a serious threat to the plant. There is no fungus or bacterial threat present nor is it a virus. Keep an eye on it to be sure no brown or black spots develop

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