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Jun 12, 2020 11:38 AM CST
MI
I got her on mother's day and my mom brought it to me...I'm very new when it comes to orchids so I have so know idea how to care for a Moon Orchid at all. I did clean her root system, watered and fertilizer her; and days after she ended up looking like this and I don't know what I did wrong. She has perfect draining holes and I water her once a week.Please help me.

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Jun 12, 2020 1:21 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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The flowers of a Phalaenopsis orchid do not last for ever. They are dying back due to natural causes. Trim off the entire bloom stem when all of the flowers have collapsed.
The yellowish crack or crease that I see in image two is caused by physical force, someone or something put pressure against that leaf pushing it against the rim of the pot, causing the crease in the leaf.
Phalaenopsis need NO sunlight, just a bright spot. Fertilize once every 3 months. Temperature range of from 65-85 degrees F.
In a pot that size, it should be watered really well every 4 or 5 days!!
Good luck!
Orchid lecturer, teacher and judge. Retired Wildlife Biologist. Supervisor of a nature preserve up until I retired.
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