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Sick Phalaenopsis. Help needed.

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    Default Sick Phalaenopsis. Help needed.

    Hello everyone!

    I received a beautiful Phalaenopsis last week as a present, but my joy was short-lived when the leaves started wrinkling and the whole plant developed an unhealthy appearance.
    I am a total newbie when it comes to orchids, so I started digging through internet pages hoping to find out what ails my Phalaenopsis, but I am not sure what the issue is. Overwatering? Fungus? Because I am running out of time, I thought it's best to ask for advice here, where the experts are.
    I am attaching a few photos of the leaves and roots. Can anyone please tell me what the problem seems to be and help with some advice/solutions?
    Thank you so much!








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    If it looked healthy a week ago then something drastic happened. Was it sitting in full sun near the window, or frozen, or maybe it's too close to a furnace vent? From what I can see the roots don't look too bad so it has been hit hard by some extreme condition to the leaves. If it was a gift maybe it sat in either a very hot or freezing cold car for too long?
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    Hello Alexandra. Not really sure about the ailment but it looks quite nasty. Has it been exposed to cold temperature, heat or direct sunlight lately? How was it looked like when you first got it? Actually the potting medium looked very much have degraded (or at least that is what I saw from the picture no. 3). I'm sure other people could give better feedback than me. All the best

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    Roots and the top most leaves look ok. Looks like a severe damage due to extreme weather. keep in a warm and humid area. Dont have to cut the leaves. Just leave and Phal would automatically drop them.

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    Welcome to the forum Alexandra. I also think this is temperature related. Looks very much like it was frozen or very close to it.

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    Hello, everyone, and thank you for your quick reply!

    Quote Originally Posted by sciencegal View Post
    If it looked healthy a week ago then something drastic happened. Was it sitting in full sun near the window, or frozen, or maybe it's too close to a furnace vent? From what I can see the roots don't look too bad so it has been hit hard by some extreme condition to the leaves. If it was a gift maybe it sat in either a very hot or freezing cold car for too long?
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    I don't know how it was transported from the shop, but I suspect it must have been exposed for at least for 10 minutes to temperatures below 0° C.
    I live in Transylvania and the January weather has been hitting us in all its glory lately.
    It's been sitting on my windowsill, and now it's on my desk.

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    Hmm, I replied to each post on the thread, but somehow just the first reply appears. Are the rest of my messages stuck somewhere awaiting moderation or should I write it all over again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexandra View Post
    Hello, everyone, and thank you for your quick reply!



    I don't know how it was transported from the shop, but I suspect it must have been exposed for at least for 10 minutes to temperatures below 0° C.
    I live in Transylvania and the January weather has been hitting us in all its glory lately.
    It's been sitting on my windowsill, and now it's on my desk.
    That could be enough to do the damage. It might come back though. Looks like my area is in for another long, warm, wet winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexandra View Post
    Hmm, I replied to each post on the thread, but somehow just the first reply appears. Are the rest of my messages stuck somewhere awaiting moderation or should I write it all over again?
    Nothing in the moderation cue from you, Alexandra. Sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Nothing in the moderation cue from you, Alexandra. Sorry.

    cheers,
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    Thanks for letting me know. I guess orchidworks ate up three replies, so I'll just go on and post again.

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