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Is my orchid dying?

Discussion in 'Issues, Disease and Pests' started by caprisun, Dec 13, 2017.

  1. caprisun

    caprisun New Member

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    I recently got this orchid and put it on my desk at work. I noticed this morning that one of the leaves had turned completely yellow and fallen off.

    Now I'm inspecting further and noticed the roots are almost falling off.

    Should I be concerned? What can I do?

    Thank you in advance for any help. Greatly appreciate it.
     

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  2. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Your plant actually looks healthy. Phalaenopsis (the genus of your plant) will lose lower leaves like this. That is normal. The roots look like they have been broken by bending too far. However, your plant is still in the "liner", the thin plastic pot. It should be repotted soon because the moss is probably breaking down and holding too much water. Lift your plant out of the outer decorative pot and inspect the roots through the clear liner. They will probably be creamy yellow, white to pale green. If they are brown you have a problem because they are probably rotten. If you can pull the plant from the liner without damaging the roots check to see if they are firm. If the roots look OK you can delay repotting until it has finished blooming.

    There is some more info here
     
  3. caprisun

    caprisun New Member

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    Thanks for the help and peace of mind, @KellyW!

    I repotted it as per your suggestion.