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Lisa 6Lisa 6 Posts: 2

Can you help please? I have a beautiful phalaneopsis orchid which has been happily flowering on a window sill for four years - it's on it's third lot of flowers. The leaves have begun to die back from the tips, going brown and shriveled, and there are now only two leaves left, which are brown down half their length while the three large stems are supporting over 30 blooms which seem OK.
I re-potted it last spring when it had died back, and until the late autumn it seemed happy.


  • Lion SLion S Posts: 263

    1. What soil did you re-pot the Moth orchid in?

    2. Does the temperature in the room go beneath 18 C at night or is it standing in a cold(er) spot?

    3. What is your watering regime?

    4. A clear photo could clarify a lot

  • Lisa 6Lisa 6 Posts: 2

    I re-potted it in 'orchid compost' from a reputable garden centre.

    The temperasture may have dropped below 18 c at night in the period that the leaves started to go brown.

    I water when the compost feels dry, but not more than once a week.




  • LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,013
    Hello Lisa image My instinct is that because the orchid has been repotted it may be getting too much water at this time of year.It is a lovely orchid and you have repotted it at the correct time into the right compost.If it was mine I would go really easy on the watering for a while -maybe mist the plant with some cooled boiled water rather than watering it -then hopefully when new leaves appear they will be fine. I have to confess that I have an orchid that is over 10years old and it has never been repotted but still flowers each year-it appears to thrive on neglect!

    Pam LL x
  • I think if it was me I would cut back on watering at this time, too little will be better than too much. While the weather has been cold at night I have been taking my orchids off the window sill and placing them in the room and putting them back again in the morning. Hope your orchid picks up again Lisa, maybe it's a case of sitting it out and hoping it wll pull through of its own accord.

  • Lion SLion S Posts: 263

    Hi Lisa,

    To me, it looks like the leaves have been badly scorched by sunlight, earlier in the year. I have had the same with my Moth Orchids because mine are standing on a window sill facing south-east where they get too much direct sunlight. They need lots of indirect sunlight, so a sill facing east or west would be best.

    You have repotted it correctly and is otherwise looking very healthy. After flowering a new leaf usually appears.

    Instead of watering once every week I would be inclined to mist one week and water another week until it gets warmer and brighter again. Water temparature should be lukewarm and preferably no tap water. When the roots are still green, no watering is needed. Hopefully the orchid will recover soon.


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