Ask a Question forum: Help! What's eating my orchids' leaves?

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Vancouver, BC, Canada
Jan 28, 2018 8:31 PM CST
These phals have been growing together for the last five years & repotted once, about 9-10 months ago. One of them has always had these weird brown, dried-out areas on a couple of leaves and now the other is developing them.

I can't find any pics on line of anything similar. Can anyone tell me what's going on?

Thumb of 2018-01-29/Miro/d995a7
Thumb of 2018-01-29/Miro/c2edab
Thumb of 2018-01-29/Miro/96b86c

Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Jan 28, 2018 8:36 PM CST
Its not an insect, Its mechanical damage caused by being bumped, eaten by the cat or...
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Vancouver, BC, Canada
Jan 29, 2018 12:22 PM CST
Thanks, Daisy, that's very interesting - I had no idea orchid leaves were so fragile.

Could something as simple as the edge of leaf resting on the edge of the pot and then the pot getting bumped cause damage like that?

Also, the bite-like wound in the bottom picture began as the kind of small spot you can see in the middle pic and then the damage spread.

Cheers, Miro

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