How much and how often was it watered. I thought it might be because of insufficient light as I had kept it 7 ft away from window and most of the time I had curtains drew on them. Orchid roots can rot if they sit in standing water. The bottom leaves turning yellow can be normal but if multiple leaves are doing this it is probable because the pot it’s in. I brot this orchid home for my daughter and it has such leathery leaves. I have a orchid that injected with blue dye for the flowers. Thanks for the enlightenment. It was in bloom when I bought it and eventually the blooms fell off. However, the information also applies to many of the other orchids grown as houseplants. My issue is with a new orchid my daughter gave me for mother’s day. That first person advice to let your soak was horrible and caused this problem which is not your fault. I want to make sure i’ve actually completely killed the plant before i throw it away. My leaves turn soft n beneath the leaves it have some brownish yellow. One leaf turned yellow and I took it off. Hi Hannah, How long does it take about for the flowers to come out? Is shedding a leaf a yearly cycle or is it related to the growth of its new leaves? Apply cinnamon (yes, the common household spice – it’s a natural fungicide) to the area you just cut as a preventative measure against any possible infection that may try to set in. And what to do with keiki sine it still looks fine and green however it is not very big. Also I’ve noticed a little white ‘fur’ on the potting bark….is this a fungal infection? Cymbidiums that are very popular here normally get yellowish foliage along with their blooms. As a beginner i really appreciated and gain knowledge too. I water mine like this…. I started to notice the water was getting dirty so i’d change the water once a week then it started getting really bad, i’d change the water one day and by the next day the water was murky Soon leaves started turning yellow, roots were turning brown. I continue to moisten the soil every 7 days. Before they do, they will turn yellow, then shrivel up slowly. with no natural light. Can you send me a pic if it at Leave it in the inner pot. 2. I am wondering if I am not feeding it enough. I’m new at this and am concerned when I see something like that, Thank you for your input on yellow and spotted leaves. Do you think there’s a chance this plant could come back with some TLC since there are roots but practically no leaves? But if a bunch are this is a concern. I would love to help! Also the roots at the top have kinda withered away but I dont want to take it out and look at the roots below. Hello! If its COMPLETELY dry you then water. I have a post on keiki’s (there are two different types)…, there are only two left and i fear she wont sprout any more…help please!!! Do I just spray it on the yellow/black spots? When I got it, it had 3 white flowers and the leaves were beautiful. I’d it worth keeping or saving? ( Log Out /  That will let me know more what is going on:), I have had it for a month. Is it potted in a pot with a drainage hole? Watered it to rinse out what I could. Pot has drain holes on the bottom. You may want to repot if the blooms have fallen off. If you’re a member, you must sign in to see this content. Thats super cool about making your own fertilizer! Orchid food is the same as fertilizer you are correct. thank you very much for your reply. I have one Vanda – it is one of the few orchids that I don’t know a lot about. How often and how much? Maybe I’ll find another way…. Leave the keiki alone. There is also a new leave growing but it is still very small and I wonder if it will grow big enough to survive before the others all might fall off, or maybe the size of it does not matter? It had some flowers and blooms when I bought it. or has it gone to orchid heaven?…thank you, The blooms falling off soon after you got them can be normal and can also be aggravated by being repotted as shown here…, You want to cut the bloom stems off after the blooms drop…. I am devastated, although the roots still look good (checked again, not rotting), and there is also no crown rot. I received a plant from my father who is ageing and it is very special to me. Please help – I don’t want to kill this beautiful plant. Now i check that the moss are dried before watering else it’s a weekly matters. Can you send a picture to My two leafs that I have left are now dark green and soft What do I do? Is there a way you can send me a picture at How long ago did you repot it? I’m quite worried and want to know if theres anything I’m doing wrong. Look at my blog on Orchid Health and Bugs… Do you know what type of bug it is? I have two normal phaleanopsis for several years and I was treating this mini phaleanopsis the same way… I know it may sound silly but it is really difficult for me when a plant dies, so any if you have any thoughts I would be super thankful! In order for blooms to appear in the winter and spring, new leaves and new roots need to grow in the summer and fall. I water it from the top of the plant, I do not put the water in the bottom of the pot. It is healthy and blooms beautiful flowers when it’s in season. I was given a very small potted orchid two years ago. I water it about once a week but just this week all the leaves are turning yellow and the spikes are starting to look dead. It’s very frustrating but not our faults at all. And the stick…do you mean the stem where the blooms were? If the orchid leaves are turning yellow all over and not just the bottom ones and you see mold on it… You have probably have Root Rot and/or fungus. The stems and leaves all dying off. The humidity is very high. Let me know if you have any questions:). Look at the link on Orchid Light Requirements… Compare the pic of sunburned orchid leaves and see if that is what your orchid leaf had. I now know not to buy the died orchids. I am from India. Orchids need to have total drainage or their roots smother and die as explained here.. The main reason orchid leaves curl is because the orchid leaf follows the light source when it grows. Does that means that the orchid is dying. Or did I cut them off too much? Hey Hannah Try putting white paper towels on the light source (window, greenhouse glass, ect.) A lot of times this is due to root rot. Hello, I stumbled on your article by accident and it seems so helpful, I’ve had one orchid for 2 years and its fine, healthy blooms all the time, however i “saved” two from a kroger, one of which seemed to be potted crooked, I repotted it as soon as I brought it home and within the week the leaves turned yellow one by one and fell off, there are now no leaves just a stump of where the stem for the blooms once was, I’m not quite sure what happened I was wondering if its savable or if it’s already dead? Mass production of orchids in green houses forces them into bloom (which in itself does not hurt orchids) and then they are shipped to stores. You can always send me a picture at and I can take a look. If you want to diagnose whether the issue is over-watering or under-watering, it is helpful to examine your orchid’s roots. What are they potted in? I bought these plants in a hurry so I didn't see the condition they were in. I don’t know what to do to stop this. Because of that the orchid will die if the moss is not removed. I found some bigger plastic pots at and the silver roots are aerial roots and very normal as shown here. Perefect window sill! my first orchid and Im kinda freaking out because one by one the leaves are turning yellow and falling off. This is a very common thing for florist to pot orchids in pots like these but it actually kills orchids. Well the bloom stem dying soon is normal and can happen if repotted while in bloom (because it shocks an orchid) as shown here…. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. They need to get used to the new soil but it seems that a new leaf growing is a good sign. Thanks for the pics! The soil etc that I used was specifically made for orchids and I dont fertilise it more than once a month (very diluted with water). Even if they have one leaf you would have hope but not if there is none. Unfortunately without any leaves it can’t survive as shown here…, No leaves Here is a link to the American Orchid Society that explains it more in depth…. Psst... Hey, did you enjoy this article or have a question? Thank you so much Hannah for the information. So is it placed completely out of any sun or just in indirect sunlight? Also the tip of one of the leaves is turning yellow. You can send me a pic at The older one has grown two leaves in the time I’ve had it, roughly one leaf a year. They were all bottom leaves. Wrinkly Orchid Leaves are Not a Sign of Aging: If the foliage of your plant are wrinkly this is a sign that you are not meeting the watering needs of your plant. The orchid will naturally seal the point where the leaf falls off, preventing an entry point for an infection. Is this normal or is it dieing? It is now about four inches and I should figure out how to steak it now. So it is a great relief to know it is just doing its thing, also question: in another orchid I have the top of the soil is white is that mold? I have a link on this…,, Typically the blooms that are already open are safe. Should I cut it at the base? Is it too late to revive a plant with wrinkled leaves? I am glad I could help. You can send me pics at A little side note- I have been feeding them my homemade orchid food and the three that are growing seem to really love it (crushed egg shells sprinkled on top on the potting mixture- for calcium, and organic mollasses- for potassium diluted in water when I water them). It’s flowers fell off and I went to repot since it was in too small of a container. Hello! I was worried, but it seemed to be only localized to that leaf, so I left it alone. All pics are mine Handmade orchid mix Finally I have a pale lemon yellow Phaleonopsis which she gave me as a Christmas present but which we did not get until the beginning of March as I thought it unwise to expose them to the extreme cold on the way back home from the shop. Are you sure that all the leaves are gone? Does it have a drainage hole? I’m not sure if the’re finished. Thanks Kate, Hi, what your experiencing is called Bud Blast. had my orchid given up and died? In fact, their leaves are sometimes trimmed with scissors to eliminate some of the discoloration (if the whole plants are to be displayed). Your orchid was drowning which probably caused root rot. Are they just falling off from the bottom of the plant not the top? If you have any suggestions it would be greatly appreciated! I am so sorry – I thought I replied? I donʻt have a green thumb and was gifted with a beautiful orchid that continues to bloom, but the bottoms leaves are yellow. I notice there is white mould growing around the centre of the orchid. They’re really unattractive and I was wondering if it’s save to chop them off? 2. It could have been over or under watered. I am shocked the nursery did this. Well it seems like your watering it well so that is good. They are so pretty naturally…so that may be an issue as well. Orchid roots are generally only bright green right after they have been watered and will turn the silvery green after a few days. I water my orchids a few times a month. If you can send me a picture then copy your questions so I know who it’s from. A good one? and the 2 remaining leaf now on the bottom is mostly green but has little yellow spotting. It could be from the care it received before you got it. Does your orchid have drainage? i did that and the water stayed clearer longer but the leaves kept turning yellow and falling off. Unfortunately if an orchid loses all its leaves then yes it is dead. Removed orchid and letting the roots air out and dry then will take it from there. It seems like a super healthy orchid if it has that many leaves:) as long as new leaves are growing from the middle the old ones will eventually die back. Fertilizer When they bloom again it will be from an entirely different spot. I then placed it in orchid soil/mulch in a pot with plenty of drainage holes. But within a few days the blooms started falling. I’m new to orchids (phal) and have had one since oct last year. In order for blooms to appear in the winter and spring, new leaves and new roots need to grow in the summer and fall. However, I’m down to two leaves now (the third just fell off today) and I do not see any sign of new leaves growing. Maybe I sent you the wrong email address last time? Thanks Hannah. It was in a blooming state and I was watering it once every week (approx 50ml water). Mass production of orchids in green houses force them into bloom (which in itself does not hurt orchids) and then ship them to stores. I removed all of the spongy soil that came with the original pot. You can send me a picture at if you like. Hi! Record Rainfall and Resilient Vegetable Gardens. You should never really repot an orchid while in bloom unless it’s potted in a pot with no drainage. Where was it placed in your home? Brown, mushy, soggy, or rotted roots can mean you’re over-watering. Sadly if a Phalaenopsis has no leaves then it is most likely dead as shown here…. I would love to help! If you have any questions please ask:) I am here to help. The shop girl told to water like this: put the vase into a big basin and leave there for one hour…. Unfortunatly I had to throw it. Also I was wondering if it is bad to leave orchids outside, under shade? I put them in water and some sort of slime coat appeared. Neither has a stem as I cut them all away not knowing better. Bought on sale in the hope I can save it, but not sure what it is. I am most grateful for any help that you can give me. I had bought one Phalaenopsis with two blooming sticks. and I just noticed some slight yellowing on the leaves and one black spot. Very light white droplets. Maybe I didn’t get the email of the pictures:(. So does that mean it won’t shed leaves soon since it isn’t growing new ones? Not sure what to do next. I removed all of the “fertilizer” I could. Therefore I would like to know if this plant is savable and maybe you can tell me what I am doing wrong or need to do to make it better. Drainage Recently I went away for about 4 weeks due to a bathroom renovations and came back to find most of my phalaenopsis orchids had very limp leaves and where starting to look almost liquid-like inside and translucent. If bottom leaves only and the plant hadn’t been getting adequate nutrients to handle blooming and roots and new leaves, — then they died of old age. If your orchid drops many leaves very suddenly. Use a clean tool to avoid the possible spread of disease. It needs to be repotted ASAP and until it is I would stop watering it. She only has one healthy leaf and I do know if she can survive like this and if whatever is wrong will pass to this healthy leaf. These things don’t show up in an orchid for awhile. It was probably over or under watered before you ever got it. Is it potted in a pot with a drainage hole? You have to order the styrofoam peanuts from repotme (under the mix options). And I have a post on how to cut them. But now I use a spray to water it every 3-4 days. Initially I thought it was fine but soon even more leaves started turn yellow. Shoot me an email with the pics at and I should be able to tell you. I decided to go with filling it up. Is it potted in a pot with a drainage hole and how much/how often do you water it? The plant cannot support itself without leaves. I have send u photo of my orchard can you take a look and let me know what you think happen thank you so much. Roots coming out of. this is my first orchid. Also now I use a spray to water it every two days or so to maintain the moisture. At least you have a few left. There can be many reason that this happens. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Ok something very strange. It was dead and mushy and no good to try and save. What do you do for those. Yes, I only water them when they are dry (I learnt that the hard way with previous orchids I had) and fertilise according to the instructions on the packet (but will admit to forgetting to fertilise on the odd occasion). I repotted it just before Christmas this year because the stem had not regenerated. I watered it way too much around 4 weeks ago, but since then I have been very careful about it. If there are no remaining leaves, or even new growth from the crown, sadly, the plant is most likely lost. HELP! However, loosing all the blooms sounds terrible., This is what I would recommend doing to your orchid now…, Wait to cut the stem back until all the flowers have fallen off. Please guide. I suppose not… The flowers are still there not dried up yet but not open as they have been. Every day top leaves on the orchid get more black spots and appear dried, yellow are scaled. Then today I came home, and two more leaves had turned yellow during the course of the day, and one has fallen off! Was it per chance potted in a pot without drainage? (Treated with cinnammon to prevent it.) It’s been cared for properly but all of a sudden seems to not be doing well. These appear to be older growth and on one side. our water is treated in UK with chemicals to make it safe such as fluoride, chlorine, aluminum sulphate, calcium hydroxide, and sodium silicofluoride.These aren’t found in a rain forest so destroy the delicate roots. The plant could be getting either too much or too little water. Are all the leaves turning yellow or just the bottom ones? I stuck my finger up from the bottom of the pot and there is definitely some moisture in there. For the time being I am sticking to Phaleonopsis. Let me know – if not we can try to figure it out here. Any idea What is the cause? I have watered it once a week with tap water. Hi i love orchids but don’t know how to take care off thwm i have adout 6 that i got as gifts but their dying help. I have been watering about every 12 days and use orchid food every other watering. Orchid leaves turn yellowish-green when they're exposed to too much light, because highlight degrades chlorophyll. I ordered the clear pots a bit too large. The first three I was inexperienced and did things I shouldn’t have. I am assuming the cold temperature is what caused this to happen, but know that I am home and the temperature is more stable it is still happening. She is no longer in bloom and i recently repotted her for a pest problem., How to water How long have you had it? Fourth…orchid leaves loose their bottom leaves naturally. I might take a photo and send it if I have anymore issues if that’s okay. Can you plant that? From doing more research, I suspect it may be fungus. Click on my link called Orchid Health: Rot and the one on Fungus. Many times when we get orchids into our homes they were mistreated before we got them. Q: Why are my orchid leaves turning yellow and drying up? Ah, wrinkled leaves—a common issue for orchid hobbyists. ( Log Out / I sent you that link on drainage pots which should help in the future. Does you orchid pot have drainage holes at the bottom? Food? It needs to be potted in a pot with drainage holes. Many people think their orchid is dead when this happens – so your not the first. I’m hoping someone can answer my question. Am happy to send photos etc. I have one that is just now having two leafs turn yellow. 3. It has 14 flowers. Most orchids bloom once per year, for an extended period of time. My orchids flowers on one stem look droopy. First, repotting orchids while in bloom can “shock” them causing bud blast (which is when orchids looses blooms) I have a link on my blog titled “Bud Blast” for more information. I definitely want to regain it back, but I am not sure how. One of them has however started growing some greenery where the leaves would be. Do I continue trying? Is it to late to save it? The media in the pot is coconut husk not bark.I didn’t cut the spikes, it had two. Should I re-pot? I’ve never seen this before. Can you send me a picture at It’s my first orchid so i got so excited! How long did you have your orchid before this happened? You could do this once it dries out and then repeat two days later. It seemed to perk up once I repotted it but now it’s doing the same thing but with an added bonus of all the leaves getting a yellowish tinge to them and looking veiny but it has a new leaf growing that looks healthy. I have been learning when to water it. But over the last month I’ve noticed the leaves are starting to look almost creased and weak, a bit collapsed like an orcas dorsel fin when they’re kept in enclosures. Are all the leaves gone? Third…as far as watering goes…click on my link on “How To Water Orchids”. I thought I was going to lose the plant a few times but it’s survived. Error: API requests are being delayed for this account. How are you watering it? I have never heard of using epsom salt on orchids so I can not comment on that. Both things could effect it but overwatering is the most damaging thing you can do to an orchid. Please let me know the best way and conditions to grow simbidium in this location Also is it placed near a window for natural light? Spraying it with fertilizer every day is too much and you don’t want the spray to get on the leaves because it can burn them. I was sad until I read your post! It seems like your watering it properly but it does seem to have some form of rot or fungus because of the slimy stuff you said it had. I have been given my first orchid (consisting of several stems) less than two weeks ago. Were all the flower buds opened and then fell off or did the buds shrivel up and die before they opened? I wish I could help more. Where is it placed in your home? Did you send a picture of the keiki? i read up on having to trim the roots and yellow leaves. Thank you once again. Let it completely dry out. The leaves of your orchid have a wrinkled appearance. HELP! I wouldn’t like anything on top of an orchid because they like air flow and the ability to breathe. 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