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Orchids Leaves and Flowers Falling Off

This is a discussion on Orchids Leaves and Flowers Falling Off within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hello, My orchid was doing fine and blooming nicely. One day the newest buds (small ...

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    Default Orchids Leaves and Flowers Falling Off

    Hello,

    My orchid was doing fine and blooming nicely. One day the newest buds (small and purple) started drying up so I decided it was probably time to water the plant. I watered it by letting the water run completely through the plant and allowed it to drain out the bottom.

    The next week or so the remaining small purple buds fell off as well.

    Within the past few days the entire plant started getting a really vibrant purple color.

    Then suddenly 2 of it's leaves fell off and flowers are now starting to fall as well.

    I've tried looking for answers online, but I figured it was best to come to you guys.

    Please help!

    I've attached pictures of when the plant was "healthy" it's roots now, and the color of the flowers and leaf that have fallen off.

    I should note that today one leaf is starting to turn a bit yellow.
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    Your Phalaenopsis seems to be suffering from either bacterial and/or fungal rot. I see that the plant is still in its original growing medium i.e sphagnum moss. For Phalaenopsis I normally take out the sphagnum and repot in either charcoal or bark or even mount it on driftwood. Some people have no problems with growing it in sphagnum but I find root rot a big problem for me if I keep the plant in its original sphagnum moss. Your plant might be afflicted with root rot/

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    I agree with Yew-Sung.

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    I'm also in agreement with Yew-Sung. . . Especially since I notice that your Phal's crown is yellow in that last pic. I had that happen when I had one of my Phals in potting medium that kept the plant too moist. I'd suggest getting it out of the sphagnum and inspecting the roots and crown closer. If you've got some rot, you need to do some orchid rescue if you want to save the plant.

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    Never mist the leaves or crown of the plant in household conditions as it can get lodged in the creases and cause rot which I guess is what happened here.

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