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Loosing leaves

This is a discussion on Loosing leaves within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I am new to orchid growing and haven't had a problem until now, my one ...

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    Default Loosing leaves

    I am new to orchid growing and haven't had a problem until now, my one orchid started to loose its blooms and now the leaves are falling off. I only water once a week about one quarter cup of water. I don't know what to do

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    Hi Linda! Welcome from Ontario, Canada! There could be any number of reasons to lose leaves. Best thing to do is post a picture so we can see what is happening.

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    Welcome from Florida!

    It is next to impossible to answer your questions without a picture.

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    Of course seeing a photo would help but if you are watering with only a quarter cup of water a week the orchid is probably dehydrated. The leaves will become withered and wrinkled then fall off. The orchid is trying to save itself since it can't keep all of the leaves healthy. It is probably a phalaenopsis which likes a good drink. You can soak the whole pot in warm water for a half hour to plump up the roots. Depending on your environment you might need to soak it a couple of times a week or once a week might be enough.

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    Hello from Colorado!

    Getting the right watering schedule for your environment is the goal. We all have had to learn that for our own environments too. Tell us more about it. Where do you live?

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    I agree with the others, it sounds like it is dehydrated, I use half tap and half reverse osmosis water per gallon
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    Depend on the potting mix as well,my Phals are in newzealand bark that very good drainage.i can soak the the whole pot in a pot of water with no problem for root rod.
    You need to know your orchids and your watering habbit.

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    I was thinking about my statement that a quarter of a cup of water might not be enough, but that would true only if the pot had drainage. If you are giving it a quarter cup and it is in a non-draining decorative container then the roots could be rotten from sitting in standing water which could also cause the leaves to fall off.

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