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Are these leaves drooping?

This is a discussion on Are these leaves drooping? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; This is a phrag . sorcerer's apprentice 4n x amazonica 'Birchwood'. Of course I know ...

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    Unhappy Are these leaves drooping?

    This is a phrag. sorcerer's apprentice 4n x amazonica 'Birchwood'. Of course I know that these can get huge, but it seems like the leaves are so big that they can't stand up on their own. The two growths that are the longest are mature- one bloomed and one I am hoping will bloom soon. But could the heavy leaves prevent a spike from emerging?
    Could this be a nutrient defencicy? Do any of you know if this is a problem, or only a quirk of giant phrag. hybrids?
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    Big Phrag's leaves can get very long, but those look unhappy. I'd repot first of all and check the roots and see if the medium is too broken down.

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    I agree with Diane.
    Those leaves look like they are showing early signs of dehydration. If the roots are not healthy, then the plant will start to get dehydrated and fail.

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    Insufficient light can also cause plants to get gangly.

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    Diane is right. These plants love water (from what I understand) and a little bit of drying out can damage the roots.

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