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Wilting leaves on a Phal Orchid

This is a discussion on Wilting leaves on a Phal Orchid within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I was thinking that a picture perfect phalaenopsis that was potted in soil and sphagnum ...

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    I was thinking that a picture perfect phalaenopsis that was potted in soil and sphagnum previously would be nearly water saturated. Now it is potted in bark and watered once a week. It would take me three months in my environment to get bark to hold adequate moisture. It probably wouldn't take Andrew as long, since his humidity is significantly higher. So if the leaves are wilted and not as firm and plump as they were before the transplant, and the lower leaves are dying off, I would guess that it does not have enough water. It would in my house anyway. Of course, in my house, I could also pick the plant up...

    Having an orchid make a successful transition from widely differing media immediately isn't easy for me (or others, I suspect), and that appears to be the issue in this case. There's my opinion.

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    Anteater, that makes perfect sense. For me, I grow my Phals on the dry side (everything here is on the dry side!) and I soak them in the sink for half an hour or so when I water to saturate the roots. Seems to help. I do have some that go too dry and need me to keep an eye on them though. Mostly they seem happy.

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    Anteater: Thanks but how would you describe if the leaves started wilting even before the transplant?

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    How did the roots look when you pulled it out of the soil and sphagnum mix? Were the inner buried ones squishy?

    I wouldn't worry too much at this point if it was me. I'm sure it will adapt and take off again. It looked like there were good roots on top and these have been pretty durable orchids for me, even when abused. They just don't seem to snap out of it as quick as others, especially dendrobiums, at least for me.

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    Anteater: yes some of the buried roots were squishy and I had to trim them off.

    Thanks. I will give it more time to settle in a new pot. Hopefully, this phal springs out its' new leaves and roots

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