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Orchid leaf wrinkling, no apparent cause

Discussion in 'Issues, Disease and Pests' started by Rylan Lopez, Jun 8, 2019.

  1. Rylan Lopez

    Rylan Lopez New Member

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    image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg I have had a phalaenopsis orchid for around a year, and one of the top leaves is starting to wrinkle. There are plenty of roots, so I’m not sure why it would be wrinkling. It receives water too when the roots are dry. A small part of the leaf was damaged, and removed, but that hasn’t affected the leaf at all. It’s been like that for months. It’s also flowering right now, a second time.
  2. naoki

    naoki Well-Known Member

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    Fairbanks, Alaska
    It would help if you put your location to your profile, but do you have low relative humidity?
  3. Ray

    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Oak Island NC
    Water in must equal water used plus water lost. If leaves are dehydrating, the transpiration losses exceed the uptake by the root system.

    That can be due to insufficient watering, an insufficient or infective root system, excess drying of the leaves by the environment, as Naoki suggested, or any combination thereof.
  4. judypots

    judypots New Member

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    So interesting as I was just about to post on the same topic. I've had this Phal. (JiaHo SummerLove "Little Pixie" for a couple of years and it's rebloomed twice. The lower leaves are always a bit wrinkled as in the photo, but the plant seems to do well otherwise. It soaks up quite a bit of water once a week. Perhaps I'll try watering it twice a week?

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