The Q&A Archives: Phalenopsis Orchid Leaves

Question: Why do the leaves on my orchid plants wilt? After they bloom the first time, the leaves get limp and stay that way even through the next blooming season.

Answer: Wilting leaves indicates overly wet soils. I suspect the orchid bark mix or sphagnum moss is waterlogged. Withhold water. Give the plant a week to dry out. Two possibilities may have occurred: 1) Orchids do not like to be left in standing water or 2) The time interval between watering is too short. For example, if the plant was watered every 7 days and became waterlogged, increase the time span in between watering to 10 days. Try to water the plants early in the day, so that the foliage will be dry by nightfall.

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