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Please help me save my new orchid

This is a discussion on Please help me save my new orchid within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; Hello! This is my first post here. I am from Scotland, and I apologise for ...

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    Hello! This is my first post here. I am from Scotland, and I apologise for the wordiness here.

    My mother sent me this orchid in memory of my father just over a week ago, and I don't feel it is doing very well. Because of what it symbolises, I really want to save it. It's my first orchid. It came from what looks like a good orchid grower, and it looked healthy when I got it. It has now lost a large healthy leaf, a smaller is dropping, and I think another one or two are yellowing. The roots in the pot look healthy, I believe, but the aerial roots may be dying back. I'm not sure. I know not to water it until the roots in the pots look dry (I read they should look silver?), and to let it drain completely. I also know that the leaves should not get wet. I have moved it to a bright space for now so I can show pictures here, but it is normally in a room that gets its light by reflecting off the building across from me. It is at its brightest for around two hours, I think, but gets gentle light after that. That's the closest I could come up with for filtered light. The temperature ranges from (an estimated) 16 at night to 22 C in the day. If any more pictures are needed to show why I think it isn't too happy, please let me know.

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    Welcome. In the Winter the sun is low in the sky and not all that hot. I have all my orchids in East and South facing windows all Winter long. At this time of year and this far north in the U.S. that means they get approximately 3-4 hours of direct sunlight when the sun is shining which is not every day. They are all thriving. Move your orchid to a window that gets direct sunlight, it won't suffer in Scotland at this time of year since you have such short daylight hours in the Winter. It would help if you post a picture of your orchid, Good luck. - martha

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    Thank you for the reply. I tried to link to photos, but the link was not allowed. I have two large south facing windows, however my cattleyas have knocked basil off them (they are good jumpers), so I am hesitant to put them there. They are also very drafty. I can put the orchid directly into a west facing window, but they may get a draft there too. They would have the benefit of being around other plants there, though. The sun is in the west from noon or even just after here, but it reflects from the building across the way almost from sunrise. I am not sure where to compromise here. I hope we aren't beyond help!

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    Welcome! Gurj here from the Midlands.

    Another option is to upload the photos manually with the maximum dimension to be 700 pix either length or breadth.

    Let us know if you have any difficulties regarding the same.

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