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This is a discussion on Are these phalaenopsis leaves ok? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hello, I have a question about the color of the leaves on my phalaenopsis orchid. ...
I have a question about the color of the leaves on my phalaenopsis orchid. The leaves are almost brown in color, and in the light they have a strange brownish green almost see through glow. The new leaf is more green with darker speckles. The leaves were more green when i got it, but they look less green and more brown each time I look. I know that there are some that have speckled leaves, but the color of this plant is just weird compared to the others on my window. Is this normal, or is there something wrong? This plant has purple on the underside of the leaves. I have a few others with purple bottomed leaves, but none of them turned brown like this. I hope the pictures worked!
Thanks for any help! Sorry if it is a dumb question, but it just looks so different from all the other plants on the shelf! Just want to make sure my little plant is ok!
Unfortunatelly the light is too weak in the pictures so that one can appreciate the colour of the leaves. I have a saved orchid that has been through a lot of stress before I got it and then she got a bit much sun that came mostly from the side/underside of the leaves and the new one that grows now is purple.
Brown doesn't sound good though, sounds like some sort of infection, wouldn't be surprised if it was viral. I would suggest you separate the plant from your others, change it and check the root system. Feel the consistency and texture of the leaves. If everything seems ok, change it completely, desinfect everything thoroughly and keep it in quarantine for at least a month.
If I were you I would also change and desinfect the other flowers that were in contact with it (do not limit yourself to the ones in her immediate proximity, but think instead of your watering pattern and how the muzzle of the wateringpot might have touched which of the others).
If you are new to the whole shabang and you have only a few plants there is no need for you to get fanatical and buy god knows what. Check a link here that has a name like Avon skin so soft, Listerine is apparently a very goot fungi/bactericide for orchids that does no damage
P.S. I would consider that light rather poor for my moths...