Orchid leaves dropping after bloom - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by rtvsfball
July 2, 2008
Have bought several phanopsis (sp)orchids from your store, but after blooming all leaves dropped off. Other species did not, is this normal??

Answer from NGA
July 2, 2008

That is not normal. There is some loss of older leaves from time to time but I suspect your plants were either reacting to a dramatic change in light intensity or perhaps to a watering extreme such as soggy wet or very dry for a period of time. Provide them a very dilute solution of a soluble plant food such as Miracle Gro (the low "constant feed" label rate) and put them in a very bright area but out of direct sunlight. They should be fine in time.

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