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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; Once a leaf starts to turn yellow I always remove it. I've never seen yellow ...

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    Once a leaf starts to turn yellow I always remove it. I've never seen yellow leaves go back to green again and the plant will continue to send energy to them. Better to feed the healthy leaves and eliminate the dying ones.
    Don't get discouraged. I have had phals for many years and could not get them to flourish. This past year I basically ignored them, watering only once a week or less. For the first time all of them have good spikes ( some more than 1), tons of roots and firm leaves.
    Don't give up. And remember; We do this for FUN! Good luck. Janet

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    Janet, I water my phals once a week ( every two weeks in Winter ) and have done so for more yrs. than I can remember. I can't remember WHEN I last had a yellow leaf. I firmly believe that yellow leaves are a sign of stress from overwatering/watering with too cold of water, too cold of temps. or change in location where the orchid got chilled. Yes, phals will lose their leaves, every once in a while, but if the culture is correct for them, this is very rare. Just my opinion...Betty :-)

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    Well the poor phal has no leaves left that arent yellow or brown now and if I remove them it will have no leaves at all? Is it all lost?
    I hate this so much.

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    Betty- I agree with your assessment of why the leaves turn. I used to be guilty of overwatering. I haven't had any yellow leaves this yr with my less frequent watering. I do have LOTS of roots outside the pot (really fat, healthy ones) that I try to mist in the Winter as I figure they must hate the dry heat as much as my skin does. And the humidity trays need filling about every other day.
    I just meant that when a leaf does turn, there's not any point in leaving it on the plant, they won't turn back to green.
    Cindy, I don't know what to tell you. I've never had one where all the leaves were yellow.

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    Neither have I. This is a first. And I believe its due to a move and direct sun and cold temps during the move. All together it was too much for all the plants in my home. They are all suffering. And I am because they are.!!
    I hate it.

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    Janet, yes I agree that the leaf is a goner when it turns yellow. Cindy, one thing for sure that orchids teach us is patience. I'm sure that they will recover...I wish you both good luck! Betty :-)

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