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This is a discussion on colored leaves within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by Rick Friesen Thanks Connie: I know its the roots I should check ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Friesen View Post
    Thanks Connie: I know its the roots I should check first but since it was spiking I didn't want to disturbe it. With your suggestion I did. I found that I missed some peatmoss at the base of the plant. I don't know if its to late, it looks pretty black. I removed all soft squishy roots and dusted with cinnomon, as I read in this forum. Removed the three dying discolored leaves and repotted into new bark medium less the spagnum moss. I returned it to it window since I think this was a root problem.
    Heres an update. I think its recovering even though the blooms are small.
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    Great thread... this was so informative by providing the 'how to' as well as the visual image...

    well done Rick, and great info everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbrice View Post
    The foliage of plants that are deficient in magnesium will turn red when stressed, in your case exposed to cold. Check to make sure that your fertilizer has Mg trace elements. If not, you can add Mg to your fertilizer. I use Epsom Salts at a rate of 1 tablespoon per gallon.
    I would like to thank you for the advice. I have now been fertilizing since and now my orchids are amazing. They all were in bloom this spring and now they are all in bud with several with multiples. I'm not loosing nearly as many leaves and the new ones are atleast 3x larger. The plants are full, the blooms are wounderful and the root system is everywere, lardge and healthy. Thanks again. The one thing that I still have is the redness in the leaves. I went to tell you how much is Mg is in my fert. only to find out I miss read the lable last time, it doesn't contail any. We have snow already and all the growers are in their off season, so I will have to wait till spring. I'll keep you posted.

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    I personally believe the purple color is from the sun and the dark circle is sunburn that has dried up. These are 2 of my phals that got alittle too much sun this past summer. The 1st two pics are the same plant and you can see the pattern left by the overlying leave. The last shows top leaves and the newer one is purple from the sun....this seems to happen to my young phal leaves more easily than the older ones
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    Next time, I suggest leaving on the damaged leaves - they provide stored sugar to fuel the production of new leaves. Without them (however ugly they are) the plant could stall.

    You have dark spots on your leaves because your phal is a dark color- its anthrocyanins - they show up in the foliage when its been exposed to some sun I think it looks cool!

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    Thanks for all the help. I thought that everyone would like to see this plant made it to bloom once again.
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    Congratulations!

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    Nice recovery, and nice windowsill!

    I agree, the purple/red leaves are from a lot of sun.

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