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This is a discussion on new orchid lover within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; people from my office got an orchid a while ago. i don't know what they ...

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    people from my office got an orchid a while ago. i don't know what they did, probably over watered it but the pretty leaves all fell off so they just snipped it down so it was only green leaves, and a stub...i took it home to care for it but it was in a green-ish media in a small container barely the size of a shot glass...i'd get some new, green leaves the green leaves would grow but get a little yellow and stop growing...a month or so ago i repotted it in some of that special orchid potting mix, and started to give it a good watering once a week, or whenever the green media would get a little dry...soon after potting, this one leaf grew like crazy, it really took off, became twice as large as any other leaf on the plant...the plant as a whole was really looking good even though it's just green leaves and no flowers...but then the other day i put the plant out in the sun and when i came back a few hours later the one huge leaf was all limp and lifeless looking, although just as green and a little wrinkly looking...the other smaller, older leaves look just the same as they used to, no changes to them...so i brought it back inside, did an inspection the lower roots are white-ish looking but the upper roots are still green...and there IS a blackness around the stem...thoughts?...i'll try to post a pic later..

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    Hello and welcome.

    What time of day was the sun? This time of year, a phal can't take sun past 10 am or so. After 5 pm is ok. If it gets too much it can dry out the media, roots and leaves. That is what it sounds like to me happened. The leaves will not 'unwrinkle' for the rest of their time on the plant. Are the leaves yellowing or yellow from the sun? The black would need a picture of it to say anything about.

    Pictures always help.

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    I agree with harvey.

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    thanks!! yes i put the thing outside during a bad time of day; like maybe 2:30 p.m. - 8 p.m...so i burned the poor thing...i gave it good watering after i saw what i had done and now it's starting to perk back up...it's not all floppy and leaning on the other leaves...the other leaves have some yellowing and i'm sure it's from putting the plant out in the sun too much, giving it too much sun...the other leaves didn't get all droopy...and the pot is a ceramic pot and i'm sure the sun heated it up pretty good...the stem i noticed had a blackish appearance so i sprayed it with a fungicide/germ killer and the black seems to have lightened up...so the thing appears to be healing up well and now i know not to put it in full sun and to be on the look out for any sickness due to fungus or bacteria

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    yes he nailed it

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    Even though the leaves may be wrinkled, they still do their job for the orchid, so do not remove them!

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