Newbie to orchid- do I have a fungus infection.

Hi All

Please bare with me, I am a newbie to orchids so I will apologise in advance if I am asking a stupid question 

I was gifted an orchid as a wedding gift back in sep 2017. Up until now I have managed to keep it alive, however recently I have noticed the leaves are started to look lifeless and turning yellow 

Please see attached pictures, do I have a fungus infection. If yes what is the best method to cure it? Clean cut and apply cinnamon?

I have also tried cutting the old stems and new stems are growing, have I done it correctly?

Also is there any good sites a newbie should visit, as the orchid is quite sentimental to me now.

Thanks in advance

Mai
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  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,809
    not fungal, but the wrinkled leaves mean its either thirsty or its been overwatered,
    how often do you water them and how?
    and what is around the roots as it should be fine bark chips and it looks like moss?
  • not fungal, but the wrinkled leaves mean its either thirsty or its been overwatered,
    how often do you water them and how?
    and what is around the roots as it should be fine bark chips and it looks like moss?


    Thanks for replying,

    i water the plants once a week with a spray bottle which as diluted orchid feed. how can i check if it is thirsty or overwatered?

    you are correct there is moss on top of the bark chips, the reason why i left the moss there is because it came with the plant

    is this incorrect?

    thanks

    Mai

  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,809
    edited 9 January
    they prefer a good dunking once a week, so totally submerge the plant pot underwater for 10 minutes then allow it to drain.
    i'd also remove the moss as the roots need some light

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 14,430
    edited 9 January
    If you imagine the orchid living in its natural habitat, it would be sitting in a tropical rainforest clinging to a tree trunk high up in the canopy.

    Now imagine the type of water a plant in that position would receive. A tropical storm would produce a lot of sudden water run off followed by a period when the roots would have very little water. The best way to imitate that type of watering is to give the plant one quick watering with a very dilute feed followed by a thorough drain to remove all the excess water. No water left standing in a saucer or bowl. Now do that quite infrequently. Maybe once a fortnight, it depends on how dry the air is in your house.

    Secondly, a tropical rainforest is humid. So keep your orchid away from radiators or sunny windowsills where the air is too dry for them.

    Thirdly, those withered leaves will never recover so cut them off close to the base of the plant.

    When the flowers have finished, it’s a good idea to cut the flower stem back to about 5 centimetres from the base. That will encourage new flower shoots to grow up from the base of the plant.

    Keep the plant in a transparent pot as orchids use their roots for photosynthesis and they need to receive light.

    Don’t expect a sudden improvement in your plant’s health. They are quite slow growers.
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  • they prefer a good dunking once a week, so totally submerge the plant pot underwater for 10 minutes then allow it to drain.
    i'd also remove the moss as the roots need some light


    thanks, i will do that and hopefully finger cross the leaves will return to normal

    sorry for all these questions but how should i apply the orchid feeds?

    also should i just leave the new flower stems and leaves that are growing on the plant?

    thanks

  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,809
    if its a foliage feed its to go on the leaves after watering, some of the younger leaves might recover but the older ones might not, give it a couple of months to see which are not recovering before you cut them off.
  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Hampshire Coast 100m from the seaPosts: 1,016
    If you read about them you will be told must be rain water and correct feed.

    I have never watered mine with rain water just tepid straight from the tap and I use five drops of BB Bio in the can about once a month definitely use a clear pot I water when the top two inches of bark is dry then from the top util the dish is half full then I leave it the result is.



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  • pansyface said:
    If you imagine the orchid living in its natural habitat, it would be sitting in a tropical rainforest clinging to a tree trunk high up in the canopy.

    Now imagine the type of water a plant in that position would receive. A tropical storm would produce a lot of sudden water run off followed by a period when the roots would have very little water. The best way to imitate that type of watering is to give the plant one quick watering with a very dilute feed followed by a thorough drain to remove all the excess water. No water left standing in a saucer or bowl. Now do that quite infrequently. Maybe once a fortnight, it depends on how dry the air is in your house.

    Secondly, a tropical rainforest is humid. So keep your orchid away from radiators or sunny windowsills where the air is too dry for them.

    Thirdly, those withered leaves will never recover so cut them off close to the base of the plant.

    When the flowers have finished, it’s a good idea to cut the flower stem back to about 5 centimetres from the base. That will encourage new flower shoots to grow up from the base of the plant.

    Keep the plant in a transparent pot as orchids use their roots for photosynthesis and they need to receive light.

    Don’t expect a sudden improvement in your plant’s health. They are quite slow growers.


    Thanks for your detailed reply, i have just dunk the root and bark into water for 10 mins and now waiting for the water to drain out.

    i will cut the leaves later tonight as well

    thank you once again :)

    fingers x :)


  • If you read about them you will be told must be rain water and correct feed.

    I have never watered mine with rain water just tepid straight from the tap and I use five drops of BB Bio in the can about once a month definitely use a clear pot I water when the top two inches of bark is dry then from the top util the dish is half full then I leave it the result is.



    thanks wow your orchid looks amazing, hopefully mine recovers and flowers like yours.

    also i am using the same bio feed

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