An orchid’s leaves can be an excellent indicator of your plant’s health. To help you become an orchid leaf expert we’ve compiled answers to the most common questions.
Your orchid’s leaves should be firm and green.
Dull leaves are often a warning sign of a thirsty orchid. To be sure, check its roots. A well-watered orchid will have plump, green roots. But if your orchid’s roots are whitish or gray, it needs better hydration.
Just like you may become a little dehydrated after a day of sunbathing, so can your orchid. To prevent burning your orchid, keep an eye on your orchid’s roots for symptoms of dehydration and make sure it’s getting enough water. Healthy roots will be green. Gray or white roots mean your plant needs more water.
Nothing! This is just the natural process of the plant discarding a mature leaf so it can produce a new one. It’s the circle of life.
Usually, when a Phalaenopsis orchid loses all of its leaves, it’s a sign that it’s dealing with severe disease or pests. If this is the case, it will likely not recover.