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Phal orchid leaves getting soft

This is a discussion on Phal orchid leaves getting soft within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; I have a Phal with all the leaves getting softer and with wrinkles.. I bought ...

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    Default Phal orchid leaves getting soft

    I have a Phal with all the leaves getting softer and with wrinkles.. I bought it like a month ago with beautiful flowers but after a while it started to become like this ( its not the first time that this happens to me with orchids) I do not know if is too much water, or not enough water or maybe just the moss that the plant is on is just not good for the plant because actually seems kind of packed!... ( I just removed it from the plastic container)

    Im thinking to buy soil for orchids ---- Vendor information removed - see FAQs on Posting ---- and repot the plant. Do I really need to repot it in a clear container or just a clay pot will work?

    thanks for your help.
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    Hello,
    When i read your title i was thinking that leaves got rot, but fom pictures your plant not in worth shape. Thats good

    To me it looks your phal is underwatered, thats why leaves are wrinkled and soft. The moss looks dry, but roots look ok.
    It has a chance to revive!
    Most plans came from stores in moss, it might me good medium for greenhouses but not for regular homes. So you can hear lots of advises to repot it immediately in the bark. I agree on this one.

    It is better for the beginners to pot in clear plastic pot so you can see roots and media and decide when to water. When roots dry they are silverish color, after you water it they will turn green. So if they are still green you dont need to water. But also you have to see if bark is drybor not, sometimes the roots closer to surface will dry faster than ones inside so if you water based on surface ones you might overwater the one inside.
    If you can't find clear container you can make it yourself from Tupperware by making holes in it, or from Chinese take out container. Be creative . or you can order it online, there are many online sellers.
    Your plant will survive few days with out pot while you looking for it.

    At this time you can soak roots with moss in water for some time (5-10min) and then remove all moss, try not break the roots.

    At this point it will be ready to repot. if you are not ready to repot yet, put the plant back in its pot and just water few times a day until you ready to repot.
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    Good advice, but I wouldn't water it a few times daily in that moss. Soak it until its all wet, then let it dry out before watering again. I agree to repot into bark and in a clear pot if possible. The roots look great, so, yes, its underwatered. If the leaves get quite wrinkly, they probably won't plump out again, but the new leaves will be happy when it grows.

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    What i meant Carol, is to soak it to remove moss and water bare root plant few times a day
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    What i meant Carol, is to soak it to remove moss and water bare root plant few times a day
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    Concur with excellent suggestions from Svetlana and Carol.

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