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limp withered leaves on phalaenopsis

This is a discussion on limp withered leaves on phalaenopsis within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; I have re-potted my phalaenopsis in potting soil that is a mix of fir bark, ...

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    Unhappy limp withered leaves on phalaenopsis

    I have re-potted my phalaenopsis in potting soil that is a mix of fir bark, hardwood charcoal and perlite. I wait for the bark to get dry before watering again. I pour water over the bark several times when I water to really wet it. Also they are over a water tray. I am watering more often with this new mix, but if the bark is dry isn't it time to water? I have noticed that the leaves are wilted and are wrinkled. I think it is dying.
    Occasionally I remove the top layer of bark to see the roots and if they look dry I spray them and replace the bark. Does it harm the plant to move the bark around the roots?

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    Usually, when a phal has sad wrinkled leaves, something is wrong with the roots. Very rarely will a phal ever be underwatered...they are like little cactus. What is easy is to overwater. When you repot an orchid, stop watering completely for about a week or two weeks. Best is two weeks. This allows broken roots to heal before you apply water. Also; it is important to place the newly potted plant in a shadowed area. They need to recover from "shocking" when you repot them. Some plants are more sensitive than others. Maybe if you could post a picture of the plant, it would help id the problem.

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    I bet I have over watered the plant. I have been too focused on them. Also I didn't with hold watering after re-potting, or let them recover in the shade. I will wait on watering for 2 weeks now and see what happens.
    I would post a picture but I will be on the road for a while. I take the orchids with!

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    Hopefully you can keep the humidity up around the orchid while you are traveling. If not, be sure to check the roots to see if it needs water. Good luck.

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    thanks for the tip.....I will add humidity. The roots do look healthy but while moving the bark I noticed a very small bug (as small as a gnat) crawling around on the bark. There is nothing on the leaves. Should I just watch for more?

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    that's probably a fungus gnat, lives off decaying plant material such as the bark your orchid is planted in.

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