Orchids forum: Orchid leaves have just turned brown...??

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North East England
Magdalinda
Feb 11, 2018 2:00 AM CST
Hello everyone πŸ™‚
I've had this Orchid for about three years now and it's always been fine, but just in the last week the leaves have suddenly turned brown on two of its leaves....

It's one of the orchids that you don't feed, it gets what it needs from the air around it... that's what it said on the wrapping when I got it ☺️
I've been watering it about once a week. So far that's all its needed until now, not sure what happened.... Normally I keep it on the window ledge, it seems to like the sun. Can anyone enlighten me, please? Thanks.


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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Feb 11, 2018 11:48 AM CST
It looks like it has been over watered. If you have kept it going for three years, you are doing better than me. If you read the first sticky at the top of this forum you will find lots of info on your Phalaenopsis.
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Name: lindsey
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sugarcane
Feb 11, 2018 12:13 PM CST
Hi Magdalinda,
First off, congratulations on keeping your plant for so many years...and with so many blooms! Well done you!
Regarding the leaves, if this were my plant I would take a nice sharp knife and cut the bad bits off. You will want to go about 1/2 inch into the green part , so it doesn't spread ( and it will if not addressed!) . Then take a Q tip ..cotton swab and dab cinnamon on the open cuts. This will help heal the wound and keep fungus from growing in the cut area.
Regarding the directions that came with your plant...obviously it has been working for you until now...but ( again , if it were my plant) I would get some regular house plant fertilizer and mix it half strength and use that at least once a month. In nature these plants would get fertilized from decaying jungle leaves and bugs etc. You certainly don't have that in your home! Your plant is probably ready to be transplanted, which can seem daunting ..it's really very easy and I would be happy to walk you through the process . As Carol noted, your plant maybe getting too much water and that's what happens when the bark mix breaks down and the plant is kept in a decorative pot that doesn't drain and restricts airflow around the root area..which would help dry it out. I would also cut any old flower stems off that don't currently have flowers..cut them right down to the base of the stem..
Let us know how you make out with your pretty plant!
lindsey
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Feb 11, 2018 12:18 PM CST

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Magdalinda said:
one of the orchids that you don't feed, it gets what it needs from the air around it... that's what it said on the wrapping when I got it ☺️



Hi Magdalinda and Welcome!
Thanks Carol for pointing you to the Phalaenopsis thread.

I would like to point out that this "not feed type of Orchid" information is absolutely wrong, there is no such thing. Smiling Phals need fertilizer/food as any other plant does.
Regarding the amount of water - without knowing anything about the temperature, humidity, amount of sunshine this plant receives, I would hesitate making any assumption. Old leaves will be shed and one would always hope the plant grows some more leaves during its growing season. And at that time some fertilizer will surely help.
Phals do not need full sun and if one grows this plant in higher light, one might see leaf burn and surely a plant which dries out more often.

Lindsey, we cross posted....

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North East England
Magdalinda
Feb 11, 2018 12:23 PM CST
Thank you so much for your advice, Ct Carol and Sugarcane. I'll let you know how it goes 😊
North East England
Magdalinda
Feb 11, 2018 12:28 PM CST
Thanks Ursula,
Maybe I'll look for a less sunny spot.
Thanks for the nice welcome 😊
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Feb 11, 2018 12:31 PM CST

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Magdalinda, I have seen Phals in so many homes in Germany, mostly behind a sheer curtain on the window sill and they look great and bloom their heart out!
Whatever works! Smiling

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