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Newbie with questions

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Kimiryll, Jan 5, 2021.

  1. Kimiryll

    Kimiryll New Member

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    Hello Kimi here, recently just picked up hobby to have orchid at home

    It has been 3 weeks now and I realized 1 of the leaves turned yellow and another one turning yellow as well.

    Took out all the “wood pieces” and noticed that some of the roots are rotting - it is soft and a bit yellow-ish any idea how to save it? I took out all the wooden chips on top I suspect is because the root is hidden under a bunch of wooden chips and the water is too much
  2. Ray

    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Oak Island NC
    Welcome to the forum, Kimi.

    One of the most important aspects of growing orchids is understanding that, unlike terrestrial plants that do almost all of their gas exchange processes through their leaves, orchid do much of that through their roots, and water conservation evolution. That means we must get skilled at balancing water and air in the potting medium.

    I speculate the current potting medium is old and has started to decompose, allowing it to hold a lot of water, cutting off the air to the roots, suffocating them. If that is correct, it’s time for the plant to be repotted.
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  3. fernflower

    fernflower New Member

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    Hey Kimi!
    I agree with Ray, it sounds like you should repot it! There are lots of tutorials on YouTube, perhaps it could be a place to start!