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why are my leaves going yellow (moth orchid)

This is a discussion on why are my leaves going yellow (moth orchid) within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; can anyone tell me why my leaves are all goin yellow? Plants are in window ...

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    Unhappy why are my leaves going yellow (moth orchid)

    can anyone tell me why my leaves are all goin yellow?
    Plants are in window and in glass pots and see through pots within, there are drops of water inside pot around roots.
    are they in too much light? are they over watered?
    please help, many thanks Howard.

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    If you have water around the roots,perhaps that is the problem.Pictures would be very helpful,though.

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    welcome to the forum,by the way!

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    thanks for quick response! have taken a drastic measure and removed them all from the wet bark chipping! and gonna let them dry a little overnight! i hope this isnt a crazy idea.

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    wow! Maybe some nice air flow will help to dry things up a bit.Not a hurricane though.As for you ripping them out of their pots so quickly,ummm.orchids usually do not like drastic changes,remember to move slow if you can!In emergencies sometimes drastic changes have to happen,but slow is better.At least that has been what has worked for me.Im sure others will come along and give you advice as well as me. take it all in,then decide what you think is best,giving what you have to work with and your skills.Good luck and feel free to ask questions, everyone here is so helpful and super nice!

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    Why thankyou orchidgirl! Maybe I should be bit more gentle next time over a few days and trying not to disturb them as much! Any ideas how to get new green roots as I only have 2 little ones left on one plant! Thanks Howard.
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    You will want to keep your plant in a shady area. If there is a flower spike, it should be cut off as the plant needs to grow roots to support the plant and flowers drain alot of energy away. If there is black rot, you will need to soak your roots in an antifungal; the one I use is called Physan 20. With only two small roots over time your phal will look underwatered...no worries, as the roots grow new healthy leaves will too. In time your phal will look like it's old self.
    You may want to read the instructional posts on how to care for a phalaenopsis. Watering is only done once a week or so, depending on your location. And they should never "stand" in water. That will most definitely rot roots fast.
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    I agree with connie!

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    So what's the best way to get new roots? Take it out of bark and just spray with water occaisionally? Leave it on table with no spray or water? Many thanks Howard.
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    once potted dont unpot.Im unsure on the best way to get roots to grow.They have root grow stuff out there but Ive never used it.Water (depending on your situation) usually once a week.They have 'how to' posts on all sorts of stuff.I suggest you look at some of those to use as a reference.

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