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Wrinkled Phal orchid leaves???

This is a discussion on Wrinkled Phal orchid leaves??? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Dear Orchid Forum , I have recently just purchased an Orchid from my local supermarket ...

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    Dear Orchid Forum,
    I have recently just purchased an Orchid from my local supermarket as a present for my partner. I knew from the start that this was not the best way to have an orchid but I saw one I loved and just decided to go for it.
    However, 3 weeks down the line now, I have developed some issues. Firstly, through reading through the forum board here it looks like some of the leaves got sunburnt. This is not a massive issue to me.
    What I am having an issue with is that one of the leaves has kind of wrinkled up. Not majorly and there appears to be no noticable discolouration. I am wondering what I should do about this. Should I remove the leaf? Or is it actually ok and just looking a bit weird?
    I have only watered it twice since I got it and although the roots above the surface are white, the subterrainian roots are a lovely vibrant green. I am trying not to move it and other than the one occasion I am careful to keep it out of direct sunlight.
    Any advice on this please? Many thanks in advance.
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    hi Mcleod1,.. even if it's not direct sun, phalaenopsis don't like too bright light,.. if all the roots are good.. green or white then it's probably just light problem,.. from the looks of it, no need to cut the leaves,... but what is that black thing under the top wrinkled leaf?

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    Hello and welcome to orchid talk. Since you say it is not in direct sun light, this appears to be a heat damage any heat source is near by blowing hot air ?. if it is one or two leaves just leave it as is and plant would recover itself.

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    Thank you people.
    Concerning my mention that it was not direct sunlight. The orchid has not been in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time however I believe that it may have been left in the sunlight one day when I was away at work as some of the leaves have turned black in certain areas. Upon googling it I believed that it was an infection and so I cut out the 'infected' area with a sterile life before reading here that it might have been sunlight.
    I do not have any major heat sources blowing hot air in it's general direction. I have one radiator in the room but no fans and the orchid is not left near it for a long period of time.
    Should I still just leave the leaf on? At the moment the store that I have bought it from has told me take it back and get it replaced, however with it being my first orchid, I would like to save it if possible. I don't just want to get rid of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wade's Orchids View Post
    And maybe, just maybe a person or 3 buys one and wants to rebloom them and begins their love affair with orchids. It's very possible that Just-add-ice could really provide a lot of new orchid lovers!!!
    Wade speaks the truth.

    As I am one of those person's who bought a couple at the grocery store and those are the ones that ignited my passion for these plants. In fact, I've stated this in another post or 2 (somewhat proud of my re-blooming), one of the very first non-phalaenopsis orchids that ignited the passions is in spike now and will be blooming in the next few weeks. Looks like about 11 buds forming on the spike. Aliceara Pacific 'Okika' or something similar. A spider type orchid. It will be my first re-blooming of this orchid. The new pb I grew on it this season (looks like it only grows one pb at a time, others growing 5 pbs this spring though not exposed yet) is the largest, fattest on the orchid. I can't wait to post it. I've never shown this one on this forum before (it was out of bloom by the time I joined OrchidTalk).

    I have never seen a "Just add ice' label before.

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    IMO, unless the leaf is diseased, I would leave it on and let the orchid decide when it drops off.

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    macleod1,... my opinion,.. looks like it's not necessary to cut the leaves yet,.. unless the others think different..

    harvey,... agree it could be a stimulus,.. my addiction of orchid started when i got orchid gifts,... because they were gifts,.. very determined to do the right thing and keep them alive,... cause gifts are irreplaceable,...

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    Call me thick Harvey, I just realized what "IMO" is. DOH!

    Macleod1, it means "In My Opinion"

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    No this is not from direct sunlight or it would be turning red. Honestly it just looks like mechanical damage to me. Mechanical damage can occur if plants are bunched or packed too tightly together or if (like in a Nursery) they are placed on sliding tables and the leaves get caught. If this is the cause then removal is not a priority and eventually it will go thru its cycle like any other leaf and fall off naturally. Now if serious bruising starts to show then a surgical strike might be best.

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    Back to the topic ~ I agree with everyone who said, "let the leaf be". Speaking from PE, phals don't do well in sunlight generally. My oldest one started to wrinkle a leaf and I was concerned at first. It's been a few months and there's been no problem - it's healthy. Your plant will decide what to do with it. Sorry to hear you decided to operate.

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