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Milt Rene Komoda "pacific clouds" dropping healthy leaves at base...

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    Default Milt Rene Komoda "pacific clouds" dropping healthy leaves at base...

    I am new at growing orchids, got 3 (2 miltonia rene, one Phalaenopsis) last october and have been doing OK. I water them once a week by immersing them in water for 10 min and then letting all water go for about 30 min before putting them back in the lined basket they came in. Since my house is very cold and drafty, I have removed them from the window sill to a back wall where tehy still get some light, although not direct light. Now, the Phal. is doing great, beautiful leaves, still blooms attached. The other two lost their flowers about a month ago. What I am concerned about is that today when I went to water them, one of the Milt. ones dropped half of her leaves, healthy but rotten at the base!!! I am attaching photos, not sure if my watering technique is good, what can I do to save my plant? Should I move them back to window even though it is getting VERY cold?
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    Hi marla, welcome,

    I think miltonia likes brigth light...

    What is the medium you are using, is it a spaghnum moss? that can retain water longer specially inside the house. maybe thats the cause of rot.....

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    Thank you, I am not sure about medium, will describe it and take more pictures tomorrow morning... If it is retaining too much water, what should I do? I just watered again today!

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    The first thing I would suggest is to unpot them, and see if you have any healthy roots...I am suspecting they have stayed too wet and you may find many have rotted. Let us know what you find, and we can make better suggestions for the next step...

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    Quote Originally Posted by marla468 View Post
    Thank you, I am not sure about medium, will describe it and take more pictures tomorrow morning... If it is retaining too much water, what should I do? I just watered again today!
    Better removed the medium for now and let the roots rest from getting wet... let the air circulate in the roots.

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    Default Thank you all for your suggestions! More info...

    I took some pictures here, I am not sure if the pot is too small (3"), the roots look overcrowded, but maybe that is OK, from the info ing other posts... The medium is bark, there is not much of it, though and does not seem to be rotting. Following Kmac and Jef's advice, I remove the pot from one of the Miltonias... but I am not sure at what should I look for, are they healthy? should I remove the pot and let the other Miltonia dry a bit too before putting them back in they plastic pot? I am sorry I am so dumb about this, promise to get better.

    Also, my Phal had 2 yellow leaves that dropped yesterday from the bottom, but the top has a new leaf and looks OK.
    Please let me know if I should repot, should I use a different medium? Do I keep them near the cold windows to let them have light or do I move them away from the drafts and the light??? So many questions! Hope this is clear. Thank you all. Pictures attached.
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