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This is a discussion on Orchid Diseases within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; your welcome terry,.. also glad to be able to share...
your welcome terry,.. also glad to be able to share
I haven't replied on this for quite some time. First, that plant has not been getting enough moisture. Although there are a few reasons that leaves may wrinkle, when roots do it, they are DRY! I think it would be a good idea at this point to cut the spike. It will sap all nutrients and moisture from the plant in order to procreate. I would unpot it, mix in some sphagnum moss with the bark and then pot it back up. From now on, when you water, do it thoroughly so the water pours out the bottom of the pot, then do not water again until the potting media is barely damp. Until the leaves begin to plump up, put it in a clear bag, close it with a twist tie, and place it where it gets decent light but absolutely NO sun. When it is in the bag, it may not need any water but still check it every week or so. Here is the reason for the above... Sphagnum moss will allow moisture to remain evenly dispersed. Mixed with bark, it will not become sopping wet. (by the way, potting mix should be pressed tightly into the pot so that it makes intimate contact with the roots. Use those thumb muscles!) As dehydrated as the roots are at present, they are having difficulty absorbing moisture. Orchid stoma cannot close so there is air and moisture exchange happening all the time. Keeping it in the bag will increase the humidity to close to 100% and at that level no moisture will be lost. When the leaves are plumped up, remove it from the bag. If we are not too late, this will work. Good luck and keep us informed. I'll be hoping for you!!!!