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Weird spot on leaf an other issues

Discussion in 'Issues, Disease and Pests' started by Kmwebb33, Jun 14, 2014.

  1. Kmwebb33

    Kmwebb33 New Member

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    image.jpg image.jpg Hello,
    This is my first orchid. Pretty sure it's a phal. It was one of the just add ice orchids however I repotted it and am worried it's now dying. A weird yellow and black spot with tiny white spots in the middle of it has formed on one of the leaves. All the flowers fell off and the spike is starting to brown. The other leaves seem to be becoming more limp and I'm not sure what to do to save my plant. I've tried sunlight since I noticed my leaves were really dark green and that hasn't seemed to help. I was only watering three ice cubes a week so I'm pretty sure I didn't over water. Please help.
  2. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Redding, California, USA
    I can't say with any certainty what the problem is with the leaf. However, there are a few things that you need to do different.
    First, the concept of watering orchids with ice cubes is wrong. Phalaenopsis are tropical plants that like warmth so use water, not ice.
    Make sure that your pot is well drained (has a hole(s) in the bottom). You don't want the roots sitting in water.
    You will want to water heavily about once per week. Take the plant to the sink and run water through the pot so that the bark and roots get thoroughly soaked. Don't water again until the bark is almost dry.
    The spike dying is normal. With good sharp shears cut the spike off about 1/4 - 1/2 inch from the plant. With proper care you should get a new spike next spring.
    With the spike removed and a good watering regime you should see the leaves start to get plumper and the new leaf should develop normally. Basically, I think you were under watering by using the ice method.
    Now for light. Phalaenopsis like bright but indirect light. Make sure it never gets direct sunlight.

    If you have some plant fertilizer mix up some of that at 1/2 the recommended strength and use that about once per month.

    Just by making these few changes you should start to notice some improvement.

    Good luck and ask more questions if you need to.