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This is a discussion on yellow orchid:( within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; i think i have over watered my phal . its bottom three leaves have turned ...

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    Unhappy yellow orchid:(

    i think i have over watered my phal.

    its bottom three leaves have turned yellow. and are falling off.

    i have taken it out of its pot and 2/3rds of the roots have rotted and are soft and falling off.

    the flower spike and upper 4 leaves still seem healthy. is there any saving it?

    should i cut the flower spike off and repot in dry mix??
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    Hi, You have a beautiful plant there.
    If you really did over water your plant, it will be best to cut off the spike and save the plant's energy. It will grow a new spike once it is healthy.

    Don't worry too much because it shouldn't be too hard to save because you say that it has 1/3 of its roots and four leaves. That's should be a easy save because there is plently of plant left and phals are vigorous plants. Repot the plant in a media comfortable with you and try not to overwater, it will grow new roots soon. The bottom most leaves normally do fall off eventually, but they may be supplying your blooms with the nutrients so they wilted.

    Is that plant permantly growing next to the bathtub? It wouldn't be getting enough light if this is the case and over watering may not be your only issue. I certainly wish I could grow one this way, it looks great in over there, but they really should not be father than a foot from a window, because light diminishes dramatically indoors.

    How often were you watering? What type of media is it growing in? Your plant doesn't look bad from this picture

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    Your plant looks pretty good. Probably was too wet, that can come from overwatering or broken down potting media. I would cut the spike and repot with fresh media. Phals like to be moist, but not soggy.

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    Hi ClaireB! Welcome to the forum. From your description it is time to repot in fresh orchid media. Indoors you could probably water once a week and be fine if your plant is planted in orchid bark/ mix. Be sure to put some styrofoam peanuts (packing peanuts) in the bottom of the pot before putting the orchid and bark mix into the pot. This will allow more air to get to the roots and orchids seem to love that. Best of luck.

    Cheers,
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    Be sure the styrofoam peanuts are styrofoam! Some are made of starch for environment reasons because they dissolve in water. Those ones aren't any good in the pot.

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