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I CUT THE STEM OF MY PHALAENOPSIS AND NOW A STICKY LIQUID IS COMING OUT
QUESTION FROM GIANNI
Hello, I have owned a phalaenopsis orchid for about 5 months. After the flowers fell, about 3 months ago, I cut (at the base) one of the two stems that was drying out. About 15 days ago my top broke with the apical (closed) bud of the second stem.
I then cut the stem just above the last bud and from the cut a slightly sticky liquid continues to come out and now a clear spongy globe has formed. Is it a mushroom? How do I proceed? The plant is always in the same place, in the bathroom, I only bathe it when needed and it seems to me that overall it is doing well so much that new leaves are appearing.
First as a general rule for the future, keep in mind that you should never cut the green parts into one Phalaenopsis. They are in fact very particular orchids that do not like cuts and the stem must dry by itself. Old flower stems usually throw back flowers or make keiki.Now, as far as your problem is concerned, I recommend that you go to a good nurseryman and buy some grafting putty. Cut the stem abundantly below the damaged part and cover the wound with putty in order to block the leakage of the lymph and seal the wound.It is likely that that spongy globe is fungal hyphae therefore cutting and subsequently healing the wound, the problem it resolves itself.
Let me know.
Dr. M. G. Davoli