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Whaaat Happened to my Orchid??

Posted by orchie CA (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 10, 12 at 0:00

I had my orchid for almost two years now. My orchid was doing just fine last week when I decided to repot it. I used sphagnum moss and cut off all the dead/dying roots. I also cut the spike so that a new one could grow. I thought my orchid was just fine and dandy when all of a sudden I saw this...

Here is a closer look at the leaf ):

I'm not sure what exactly happened? There weren't a lot of healthy roots, so I thought maybe there just isn't enough root system to support the leaf?

However, a bacterial infection came across my mind too. Does it look like a bacterial infection to you guys? If so, then I'll look into getting some fungicide for my poor orchid!

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RE: Whaaat Happened to my Orchid??

Looking at your pics and reading how quickly this happened then I would suggest that it is sunburn. Phals in particular can not cope with direct sun on their leaves.

RE: Whaaat Happened to my Orchid??

Hmmm, I thought it may be that too. But I actually don't give it direct sunlight? I always place it by the window but I never turn the shades to where it hits the orchid directly. The yellow leaf is also becoming a lil crispy too. D:

RE: Whaaat Happened to my Orchid??

I agree with Terry, it appears mechanical like sunburn. The rest of the plant looks good, so I wouldn't worry.


RE: Whaaat Happened to my Orchid??

Took a look at the picture. The main plant looks good. But I'm not sure if the yellowed leaf is sunburn. It is dessicated. That particular leaf is old. The shock of transplant and the lack of established roots probably contributed to the demise of the leaf. The main thing is to keep an eye on the main, green plant. Mist the plant, to create higher humidity so it will help in rooting. Don't keep the moss sopping wet. Let dry between waterings. And never let water sit in the crown of leaves overnight. This can cause crown rot.

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