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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 6:31 pm 
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Hello I'm new this forum and only have a few indoor orchids but they've always done really well. This year I've had one die and another seems to be on the same path. Both were prolific flowerers for a number of years and then just stopped and the leaves started to dry out and die. I haven't changed how I care for them or where I keep them. I'm used to "resting" orchids which don't flower for months but this is different as the leaves are dying. Any ideas? Am I over watering/overfeeding? There still seem to be a lot of healthy roots. It lives on the windowsill where it has lived for a few years.


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Oh dear, it doesn't look well, does it :(

Have you tipped it out and had a good look at what is going on with the roots?

Hope someone more experienced than me can help.


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Media looks very dry for me.


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Me too, looks like my sisters Phals treated like Cacti. if the roots are good water is the answer.

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What you are showing is a p!ant that is lacking water but not necessarily because you are under watering it! If you have had it in that same pot for several years without re-potting it then there are probably no good roots left in the pot.

I don't really think it is worth trying to save it now as all of the leaves I can see will probably fall off, meaning that even if it survives you are talking 18-24months before you will see decent flowers again.

Treat it as a learning curve, take it out of the pot and look at the roots just to see what is going on and then pop out and buy a replacement.

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