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4 Ways Orchid Leaves Can Predict Your Plant’s Future

4 Ways Orchid Leaves Can Predict Your Plant’s Future


Have you ever wanted to predict the future? Many of us wish we had the power to see what lies ahead. Unfortunately, there is no magical crystal ball telling us what we should do to achieve health, beauty and happiness. An orchid’s leaves, on the other hand, act as Tarot cards of sorts that can indicate whether your maintenance routine is on the right track or if you should head in a different direction altogether. 

Below are four ways your orchid’s leaves can predict the future health of your plant.

White Means Too Much Light

Orchids need light to thrive, but too much light is bad news for your orchid. When you place an orchid in direct sunlight it can burn, and the leaves turn yellow and then eventually white before they die. The best source of light for orchids is indirect light, so place your orchid near a window facing north or east, and cover the window with a curtain to shield your plant from the intensity of the sun. For west-facing windows, place your orchid farther away from the window.

Black Means Fungus

Black leaves can indicate a bacterial or fungal growth or even too much fertilizing or mineral deposits from hard water. You can combat this by cutting away at the blackened portions with a sterile, sharp knife and incorporating antifungal and antibacterial remedies into your orchid care. 

Limp Means Dehydration

If you notice your orchid’s leaves are withered and droopy, this could mean your plant is not getting enough water or humidity. Remember, an orchid’s natural habitat is a humid climate, so your plant needs moisture. We recommend watering your orchid with three ice cubes once a week to avoid this problem. Depending on where you live, you may need to increase the amount of water or humidity around your orchid during the winter. Have a hard time remembering to give your orchid water? Sign up for our email watering reminders

Brown Means Sickness

Brown streaks on your orchid’s leaves may indicate your orchid has come down with a bacterial or fungal disease. Worldwide, orchids are subject to attack by about 30 viruses, although many are regional or most deadly to only a specific orchid species. If you notice brown streaks on your orchid’s leaves, the best course of action is to quarantine your plant until you know the exact problem.

Want more tips to help keep your orchid healthy? Download our “10 Steps to Keeping your Orchid Healthy tip sheet today! 

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