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Florida (Zone 9b)
May 4, 2018 1:19 PM CST
Hello! I just recently purchased a new Cattleya from the brand Better-Gro (Can be bought at home depot or lowes)

After having her for a couple of days I noticed this little elongated black mark showing up on the sheath. It is on the sheath, but nowhere else on the orchid. I am aware that the purple flecking is normal for this cattleya, it is just the dark spot that concerns me.

I suspect some sort of rot or fungus possibly, but cannot be sure since I am reletively new to this hobby. When you touch the spot it seems to be indented as well.

What is this and how should go about handling it?

SIDE NOTE: I do not mist my orchids, so I really don't suspect it is from sitting water.
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Name: Daisy I
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May 4, 2018 3:57 PM CST

I think its just a dent.
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May 4, 2018 5:46 PM CST
I agree. Looks more like a bruise, mechanical damage.
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May 5, 2018 6:41 AM CST


You are talking in plural about your Orchids! Thumbs up Nosy me would love to see your other Orchids, surely you have something pretty in bloom? Smiling
Name: lindsey
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May 5, 2018 9:07 AM CST
Hi ancientmachine !
Welcome to our little slice of Paradise Group hug
Those Better-Gro plants go through a few flaming hoops
on their way from the greenhouse, to the Lowe's or HomeDepot garden center.
( I used to work at a Lowe's garden center so I've seen the drama in person)
It's totally normal for bumps and bruises to show up a day or two after getting
them home. Come check out some of our other threads on this forum, especially
the ' what's in bloom' one for each month...We'll look for your flowers there!
Florida (Zone 9b)
May 5, 2018 9:17 AM CST
Thanks for all the responses. It actually ended up being black rot... spread within 30 minutes. I was going to try to save it but Ive decided to return it.
Uploaded a pic for you guys to see. It was not a pleasant experience, lol.
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