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Yellowing and wilted leaves on phalaenopsis?

This is a discussion on Yellowing and wilted leaves on phalaenopsis? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi, I'm new to the forum and I hope you can help me! Over the ...

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    WendyD is offline Junior Member
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    Default Yellowing and wilted leaves on phalaenopsis?

    Hi, I'm new to the forum and I hope you can help me!

    Over the last few days one of my phals' leaves has been yellowing - at first we thought it was from it being placed in direct light as it is in the window, although even after moving into the shade the yellowing continued. All of the leaves are tinged with yellow, the lower leaves almost completely and the upper only at the base. The lower ones are droopy and wrinkled - it doesn't look like a happy orchid at all! However, it also has a lot of fairly new root growth and they are all (even the older roots) firm and healthy. The plant itself is potted in a bark mix is not damp despite being watered last week.

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    Lower leaves

    Upper Leaves

    View of the root growth

    Sorry for the long and rambly post, I hope someone can help!

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    If the plant was receiving direct sunlight and not used to it, it is likely to be a case of sunburn. There is not much you can do except wait for the damage to work its course and hope for the best.


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