Orchid question - Knowledgebase Question

Clarksburg, Ma
Question by kenyasmith
May 4, 2010
I purchased an orchid at HD 4 months ago. All of the blooms fell off and one of the smaller leaves turned yellow and died. Now it has rebloomed and has more blooms than it did at first. They are smaller. All of the top petals on the blooms have bent backwards instead of standing up straight. The leaves are wrinkled like skin instead of smooth and shiny. Please help.


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Answer from NGA
May 4, 2010

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If the leaves are wrinkled like old skin, this may indicate a root problem, usually from overwatering. It is important to understand that moisture is measured at or near the center of the pot - not on top of the pot. A bamboo skewer works well and is very cheap. Run your fingers down the bamboo and you will feel how smooth it is to the touch. Now insert it into the center of the pot for a few seconds (about 10). Remove it and run your fingers down the bamboo again. If there is moisture in the center of the pot, the bamboo will be rough and have resistance to your fingers sliding down the bamboo. Do not water if your plants already have moisture. Hope this information helps.

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