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brown wilted section through leaf

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    Hello!

    I am new here. I love orchids but never owned one because I was sure I would kill it I was recently given one and I have had it for about 6 healthy months! I am determined to keep it that way.

    I recently moved, and I'm not sure that my orchid is dong so well. I placed it out of direct light but noticed that one of the leaves has a brown wilted section through the middle. The tip of the leaf is a little wilted, but still green. Please see the picture. I did move on the hottest day of the year and the ride was likely traumatic, as we had to wait in line for gas for some time... poor thing.

    Any ideas? Should I wait it out? Or cut off this leaf? And if so, do you cut the leaf at the base or just above the brown section? Thanks in advance
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    I would start surgery on this Phal ASAP! Using a sharp instrument and stearlized. Cut where the healthy part of the leaf meets the rot. Then dust the area with cinnamon powder and avoid getting that wound wet until it has callaus over.

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    I agree with above, except I would cut at least 1/2 inch into healthy tissue.

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    ps. roots are looking a little dry. are you watering enough?

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    I agree with Cassandra

    This looks like a sunburn and there are no reason to cut away the healthy part of the leaf, 1 inch into the healthy part is enough . Make sure that damage parts or liquid from the soft area does NOT get in contact with the fresh cut. Let the cut dry before you water again, it will take about a day.

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    As you already mentioned, the orchid was exposed to direct sunlight, so I think that this is nothing else than sunburn. When this happens to me, I let to dry the burnt part of the leaf and then cut away only the brown part and nothing more. I think there is no need to cut more than that.

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    The orchid should be alright. The sunburnt part will dry out.

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    Thank you all! I appreciate it. I also was probably not watering enough- I thought since the (other) leaves were rich green that I was doing well, but maybe a little more attention needed. Hopefully it will recover!!

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    Leaves should be a bright grassy green if they are getting enough light. It may need brighter (diffused) light than it's currently getting. Best of luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoStems View Post
    Leaves should be a bright grassy green if they are getting enough light. It may need brighter (diffused) light than it's currently getting. Best of luck!
    There are though phals that turn darker "green" when exposed to bright light. If there are any dark purple coloration in the leaf when exposed to brighter light they will never turn "bright grassy green"! This coloration is seen best on the underside of the leafs.

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