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#1 User is offline   denn 

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Posted 11 August 2016 - 09:59 PM

Hi, need some help here.

I bought a pot of orchid from the recent SGF. The salesperson said that it's an indoor plant, so I put it near a window, which has no direct sunlight. Watered once since I bought it.

The leaves are drying up and the flowers are starting to drop. Even newly opened flower is dropping. Some photos below:

https://1drv.ms/i/s!...yY5Vrj3oyhW2w6Q
https://1drv.ms/i/s!...0ngnaut0ChiBB4Q
https://1drv.ms/i/s!...zANmElWfP6FI1jw

What can be the problem? Is it not suitable in our climate / temperature? Or too much water? Or not enough sun?
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Posted 11 August 2016 - 11:22 PM

View Postdenn, on 11 August 2016 - 09:59 PM, said:

Hi, need some help here.

I bought a pot of orchid from the recent SGF. The salesperson said that it's an indoor plant, so I put it near a window, which has no direct sunlight. Watered once since I bought it.

The leaves are drying up and the flowers are starting to drop. Even newly opened flower is dropping. Some photos below:

https://1drv.ms/i/s!...yY5Vrj3oyhW2w6Q
https://1drv.ms/i/s!...0ngnaut0ChiBB4Q
https://1drv.ms/i/s!...zANmElWfP6FI1jw

What can be the problem? Is it not suitable in our climate / temperature? Or too much water? Or not enough sun?


Put your finger into the potting medium. If it is wet, then you probably overwatered it and it has root rot. If so take it out of the plastic pot an place on a saucer to help it dry faster.

If it is dry all the way through, then it needs more water.

Your plant is a phalaenopsis, do some searches in the forum on Taiwan Phal or CNY Phal, lots of info on how to water or repot if necessary.
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Posted 12 August 2016 - 09:23 AM

I guess these orchids might have gone through a tedious journey to get to our place and hence, are stressed out...that's why they abort flowers and some leaves.

I give my phals about 50% filtered sun and water them twice a week. Water only the potting mix and avoid the leaves. It is also important for the surrounding to be airy to avoid trapped water as phals get crown rot easily. They are in mixture of around 30% charcoal and 70% sphagnum moss. For your plants, you might want put a little bit of water on a cotton ball and clean the leaves. I would suggest an immediate repot to see what is happening inside but not sure if you are comfortable with it.
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Posted 12 August 2016 - 02:07 PM

View Postdenn, on 11 August 2016 - 09:59 PM, said:

What can be the problem? Is it not suitable in our climate / temperature? Or too much water? Or not enough sun?

It is a common practice among the orchid growers here to repot any Taiwanese phals that are potted in moss to charcoal. As most of us are staying at HDB flats, the relative humidity can be dry and charcoal may be too dry for them. To solve this issue, we will put a very thin layer of moss at the top of the charcoal to conserve moisture so that the moist environment can encourage the plant to sprout new roots.
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Posted 14 August 2016 - 12:51 PM

Thanks for giving the tips! I re-potted the plants last night. Indeed, it was root rot, and I cut away most of the roots. Only 1 root surviving per plant :(/>

Have potted it into charcoal covered with spag moss on top. Hope it'll survive.
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