Rescuing a damaged phalaenopsis orchid

phalaenopsis orchid indoor

You may notice one day that flowers of your orchid have become fragile and started falling off, curling leaves have turned yellow and looked unhealthy. And you may wonder if it is possible to rescue a damaged phalaenopsis orchid. Yes, it is. If your plant suffers ailment you should constantly control its growing conditions: temperature, light, watering, fertilizing.

So why a healthy plant turns into severely damaged phalaenopsis orchid and how to bring the species back to life?
Most growers are aware that phals like warm temperatures. But when exposed to too much heat (above 90 degrees Fahrenheit), the plant becomes weaker within several hours. If your plant looks droopy and spongy there is a chance that it has been in a cold for some time. So make sure that the temperature in the area you grow the plant is appropriate. At night you should see to it that the temperatures were cooler. Low light intensity is needed for the species to prosper. Avoid direct sunlight as it will damage the foliage. Improper watering can cause root rot (if the plant has been over watered) or slow growth and reduction of blooms (if the species has been under watered). Adding too much fertilizer out of good intentions can also be disastrous.

So as you see failure to comply with some basic rules of growing a Moth orchid has inevitable unpleasant consequences. But do not panic! The point of no return is a rare situation. When the part between the roots and the foliage is soft, decomposed or seems to be dead, then it is not worth trying to rejuvenate the plant. In any other case you should try to revive the succulent. For example, If the plant looks almost dead, repot it into a snug and tight pot. That will keep the roots together. Provide your phal with humidity not less than 50% and see how you breathe life into your favourite.