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This is a discussion on soft wilty type leaves on orchid within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by Junebuggey Saw this on my Mom's Phal . The owner of the ...
Okay, you need to keep at it. According to Mom, she used the kitchen sink spray on the leaves 3 to 4 times a day for 3-4 days and they are plump and sturdy. She made sure not to get water the center. Good luck.
This is an update on my orchid.
It's still not looking very healthy even after I repotted it in new medium. The leaves that were leathery wilty looking and limp are now turning yellow. I am only watering once a week because I am afraid of overwatering it. I also have other leaves that are starting to become wilty too. So frustrating and there are no orchid expert growers around this area that I could take my plant to and ask for help.
it looks like you are not watering enough. water it and let it get slightly dry but not bone dry before watering again. i had a phal in bark and i had to water it every other day because the medium would dry off quickly
The roots may be too damaged to actually take in water. How did they look when you repotted?
[QUOTE=razorbackgrl;246030]Please see previous posting (post #6 from 6/21/11). There is a picture of the roots structure. I think it was mostly healthy. There were some roots that were bad that I had to trim off but for the most part, pretty healthy.
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If you have firm, healthy leaves on the top of the plant and the roots are still as healthy as they were in the first picture, I would not worry about the older leaves. They don't plump up if they are older and ready to drop. Getting the leaves wet risks growing fungus or encouraging rot unless you have a fan to dry the leaves quickly. If water gets in the medium while doing this, root rot can occur. To encourage a phal to retain bottom leaves, increase the humidity. A humidity tray helps. You can make one with a wide bowl or saucer, fish gravel/pebbles. Your plant, but for those bottom leaves, looked great in the early pictures. The time to worry is when the upper leaves look bad. Not seeing the plant up close, I am only guessing, but I hope this helps. Good luck, it is a beautiful phal.
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