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Name: SoulFlower
Houston, Texas (Zone 8b)
SoulFlower
May 24, 2017 4:32 PM CST
Purchased this plant as a gift for mother's day. I transferred from a store container into the pictured pot 10 days ago and lightly watered it once (1.5 tablespoon as directed per instructions). After a week, I noticed white/light discoloration of the leaves. Is it possible to tell what is going on with the plant?
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
May 24, 2017 4:51 PM CST
We have a thread at the top of the Orchids forum that is for you new to orchids. The thread "Starting out with Phals/Supermarket Orchids" in Orchids forum
It would appear that you got water on the leaf, and it got sun burned or the beginnings of rot.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 24, 2017 4:52 PM CST
Welcome!

Your plant is a Phalaenopsis orchid and it's getting sunburned. Phalaenopsis are shade plants - no sun, no bright light (that's why they do so well in our homes). Move it to the shade.

That pot is HUGE btw. Phalaenopsis are epiphytic, meaning they live in trees without any soil or bark around their roots. We pot them in our homes because we expect our plants to live in pots. That said, your plant should be planted in coarse bark in a small pot. When you water, run water through the potting medium and let it drain. The plant will rot if water is held against the roots.
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Name: SoulFlower
Houston, Texas (Zone 8b)
SoulFlower
May 24, 2017 5:28 PM CST
DaisyI said: Welcome!

Your plant is a Phalaenopsis orchid and it's getting sunburned. Phalaenopsis are shade plants - no sun, no bright light (that's why they do so well in our homes). Move it to the shade.

That pot is HUGE btw. Phalaenopsis are epiphytic, meaning they live in trees without any soil or bark around their roots. We pot them in our homes because we expect our plants to live in pots. That said, your plant should be planted in coarse bark in a small pot. When you water, run water through the potting medium and let it drain. The plant will rot if water is held against the roots.


Ok, I'm definitely new at this but plan to learn more. Thanks.

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