Orchids forum→Phaleonopsis Limp and Crack on Leaf

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Fort Collins, CO (Zone 5b)
Reenabean
May 9, 2020 8:12 PM CST
Hello everyone,
I have been taking care of these phals for quite sometime and recently I've noticed that one of its leaf is limp (And white circular patches) one side and the other leaf on the other side forming a crack right in the middle. Thinking I attempted to repot it.. yes, even with the flowers on (I took a gamble) only because I was hoping to see if something was wrong with the roots. No root problems were found so I just gave it a new medium and did not really disturb the plant so much. I even got a bonus and found three healthy root sprouts. Hurray! It is still bothering me that something might be wrong with it even though it seems happy with three flower spikes this year. Any thoughts and ideas on what I can do would be greatly appreciated! Sighing!
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Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
May 10, 2020 5:57 PM CST
Does that pot have drainage holes?
The cracks in the leaves look mechanical in nature. No cause for worry.
If the leaves are starting to go limp or wrinkle, it is a sign of a watering issue that is starting to impact
the Orchid. But if you checked the roots and said that they are fine, and that seems to be what I see in your images, it is unlikely to be wrinkling due to overwatering. So the question becomes one of underwatering. How often do you water? How much?
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Fort Collins, CO (Zone 5b)
Reenabean
May 10, 2020 7:27 PM CST
Hello! The pot does have drainage holes, I drilled some extra on the side of the plastic pot for extra drainage. I water once a week with either rain water or tepid water if I don't have any available. I do spray method until I see water dripping down the bottom rather than poring water or soaking it though. Do you think this might not like it?

It's just that one leaf that is causing all this fuss. The other leaves are pretty fat and solid. Could it be that it's just it's time?

Thanks again for hearing me out! Btw, the zygopetalum you suggested for me to repot is now sprouting two little nuggets so thank you!!
-Reena
Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
American Orchid Society Judge
Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Growing under artificial light Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
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BigBill
May 10, 2020 8:04 PM CST
Hey, my pleasure.

When it comes to watering orchids, all my years of experience has taught me that when I am going to water, I water completely. I do not recommend misting or spraying. I recommend watering. That it the whole idea. If a Phalaenopsis is to grow healthy and happy, you want to fill that container with roots and media. And when you water completely, every root comes in contact with the water. With misting, I feel that the water applied is hit or miss and not adequate to promote maximum growth.
Like I said before, a problem with too little or too much water starts out with one leaf being affected. And in your case if you are relying on misting the media to provide adequate water, I do not think that it does. And when it is a single leaf it is usually the oldest leaf.
Phalaenopsis leaves do wrinkle and die back due to old age and senility. That is usually accompanied by yellowing of the leaf.
Rodney Wilcox Jones, my idol!
Businessman, Orchid grower, hybridizer, lived to 107!
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Reenabean
May 10, 2020 8:55 PM CST
Oh damn. I will try soaking it tomorrow. Will let you know if it makes a world of difference in a couple of days.

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