Sometimes a beautiful orchid catches our eye and we snatch it up quickly (before anyone else can!) and rush to purchase it. We return home with our precious new purchase only to find that it isn’t as perfect as we first thought.
(Been there, done that!)
Your First Option…
Fortunately, some retailers have a relatively flexible return or exchange policy when it comes to live plants (especially when you deal with them locally). If you think your plant’s roots, leaves, and/or blooms might be sick or diseased there’s a good chance you can take it back to the nursery or garden center for a refund or exchange.
Now, keep in mind, they likely won’t accept your plant if you’ve done the damage yourself (you dropped the orchid and broke the spike during transport). The widespread damage seen on the leaves of your Cymbidium is not something that appears overnight. I would attempt to contact the nursery and discuss your orchid’s condition and their return/exchange policy.
(I’m not sure how nurseries operate in Australia, but it’s definitely worth a shot…)
If Returning the Plant Isn’t An Option…
Of course, prevention is the best medicine. A thorough inspection of the entire orchid is a MUST when purchasing any new plant. All new orchids brought into your home should also be quarantined from the rest of your plant collection initially just to be extra safe.
Now, whether or not you can successfully exchange the orchid for a new one in better health – either way, here’s what I’m going to do:
… Because spots can be “contagious” and easily spread to other plants, we need to talk about the spotting seen on the leaves in your photo. You are not the first orchid grower to find strange brown/black spots on an orchid – and anyone reading this article should pay close attention to what we’re about to cover.
And the reason why, is because these spots could have been caused by a number of things, some serious and some NOT so serious.
I’m going to walk through a few of the most common reasons why orchids develop spots like this, so the next time you see spots on one of your orchids – you can easily determine whether you’ve got a “911″ situation on your hands… Or if it’s nothing you need to worry about.
Comparing Different Types of Orchid Spots
What They Mean & What to Do About Them…
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