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Phalaenopsis leaves

This is a discussion on Phalaenopsis leaves within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I noticed for some time now that the oldest and older leaves of all my ...

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    Question Phalaenopsis leaves

    I noticed for some time now that the oldest and older leaves of all my phalaenopsis plants look shriveled/flacid and are soft to the touch, whereas
    the newer leaves are firm and strong. The color is fine (not too dark green) so they are getting good filtered light. These wrinkled-like leaves eventually turn yellow, although it can take months, and then die. Is this unusual and a symptom of some malaise and how can it be corrected? Thanks for any recommendations!

    Michael

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    If these are the lowest leaves, it sounds like normal aging. The plant uses the energy from the lowest leaves and then they fall off of the plant. Other opinions??

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    Agree with BD. No problem here, as long as new leaves are healthy.

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    Thanks you guys, that makes me feel much better!

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    As above. As long as it's just one its fine. If there are 2 or 3 in quick succession you should start to worry about root quality.

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    hi michael,
    but just to be sure, check the leaves for false spider mites. i had similar symptoms and also thought its normal for the older leaves to drop, but found the buggers and sprayed a mix of soap water and alcohol, and saved the plant!

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