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Sad leaves in new orchid

Discussion in 'Issues, Disease and Pests' started by leslye, Sep 17, 2022.


What do you think it is the problem?

  1. Overwatering

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  2. Underwatering

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  3. Plague

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  4. Another problem

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  1. leslye

    leslye New Member

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    Hi everyone!!

    I am kind of new to the world of orchids and I am fascinated by it.

    20 days ago I purchased this stunning phalaneopsis from Home Depot. I placed it near of a birght window and I have watered it just once, when i felt the soil was dry. A few days ago I noticed the leaves are dropping and I don't know if it needs more water or less water, but I dont want it to die :( In the past I lost an orchid due to overwatering so I am trying to be really carefull with the watering.

    Could you help me to see what's going on?

    Here are some pictures

    Looking forward to your advice,

    Thanks so much in advance!!
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  2. Roberta

    Roberta Active Member

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    Coastal southern California
    It looks like it is in really large coconut chunks. The coconut will retain some water but it's going to dry out very fast. Which is a good thing - there's lots of air in the root zone. In that environment, I think it would be really hard to overwater. In warm weather and/or low humidity you could probably water every day or every other day.

    Also, it would probably benefit from less light - Phalaenopsis are low-light plants.
    That is a really pretty one!
  3. lindamarie

    lindamarie Member

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    british columbia, ca
    Here's a clue to whether or not it needs water. When the plant is well watered, the roots are a deep green. When dry and ready to be watered the roots are a greyish silver color. From the looks of yours its very dry and needs to be watered.