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Ugly yellow leaves on my phal?

This is a discussion on Ugly yellow leaves on my phal? within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; Drastically worse. Is this going to be one of those " get worse before it ...

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    Drastically worse. Is this going to be one of those " get worse before it gets better" situations? I hope so...I hope it springs back to life! I wish I could just take it to the orchid doc ...
    I'm at a loss! I've watered it... it had some healthy plump roots and some dead ones that I cut off when I repotted. It is still in eastern window...is this a mistake?
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    Did you take this picture after you watered it, as the bark looks awfully dry. Also when you sprinkled the cinnamon, did you unpot? Are there still roots that are intact and not rotten? I still say it might be dry. If there are still viable roots you can save it. I saved one Phal without roots once and I am sure your case is much less severe.

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    I watered it! it DOES look dry doesn't? Yes there were quite a few healthy and intact roots..What about light? should I pull it away from light so that it can recover easier? or is that a myth?

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    Well, if it is stressed which is what appears to be the case, it is better to put it in an area with less light. it helps especially with ones facing root loss.

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    thank you fadi

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    Do you allow the plant to sit in a pot of water and soak when you water it, or do you just pour water through the pot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindiras View Post
    Do you allow the plant to sit in a pot of water and soak when you water it, or do you just pour water through the pot?
    I just pour through the pot

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    I put my pots into a deeper container, fill with tepid water to the level of the top of my orchid pot, and let it soak for 10 or 15 minutes. This gives the roots time to absorb water and fertilizer. Then lift the pot out and let it drain befor putting it back in your window. Do NOT water again untill the bark had dried in the center under the roots. That may take 4 days, 6 days, 10 days!

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    I know that this is really old post but I have this exact problem too. Phal that had a bright yellow stripe down the middle. We moved to a new home with different lighting and it went from bad to worse. Now the last 2 leaves are bright yellow and will drop soon it seems.
    Was your issue underwatering? Did you solve it by soaking as the above post stated?
    Or did yours die?
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    I like Susans' advice...I use a small amount of sulphur which will kill any bacteria...cinnamon is too drying on the root area. I always put my phals. in a little bit lower light for a couple of weeks after re-potting. I think your phal. has had a "set back" but will make it, as the color is good, and it has new growth. Just my opinion...Betty :-)

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