Everything about what to do if the leaves and buds of the phalaenopsis orchid wither

Everything about what to do if the leaves and buds of the phalaenopsis orchid wither

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The depressed plant species is part of the plant's natural cycle. It can indicate both improper watering and plant diseases or pests.

Correct "reading" of the symptoms will help to properly adjust the care of him.
You will learn about the reasons for the wilting of the plant, proper care and how to save the orchid in this article.

What is wilting and what does it look like?

It is rather difficult to determine the cause of wilting only by its appearance. The oppressed state can proceed in different ways, even in identical plants. These difficulties can cause difficulties in finding the cause of the deterioration of the plant's condition.

Important! This process should not be confused with the natural wilting of the plant. All plants get rid of old leaves. This is part of the natural cycle and houseplants are no exception.

Before looking for possible causes of wilting of plants, it is recommended to fully study its features. Learn to distinguish between natural wilting and depression. To study the possible diseases of the plant, its pests, the recommended environmental conditions.

How is it going?

  • The leaves wither and slightly droop, they lose their elasticity, growth slows down, and the general appearance becomes stale. These signs are easily confused with signs of lack of moisture. They will not indicate specific reasons, but will indicate that the plant needs to be looked at.
  • If wilting increases and is accompanied by other symptoms, for example, discoloration (browning or yellowing of the leaves. This wilting is called non-specific.
  • The shoots of the plant turned white. This symptom is secondary and indicates the occurrence of serious problems. This can be the destruction of chlorophyll, and as a result, a violation of the process of photosynthesis. A key process in the life of a plant.

Determining the symptoms is the first and most important step in diagnosing the problem that has arisen.

Why can the process start?

  • Infection of a plant with pests.
  • Insufficient feeding.
  • Improper watering.
  • Creation of an unfavorable indoor climate.
  • Diseases of a fungal or viral nature.

Danger to the plant

The main danger is that you may not have time to react to the onset of symptoms. If you are late, it will be difficult to revive the phalaenopsis. The consequences of this may be:

  • cessation of flowering;
  • drying out of the roots;
  • the development of infectious diseases;
  • rotting of the root system.

Reasons for defeat


  • overheating of the roots;
  • unfitness of the substrate;
  • low or high humidity in the room;
  • damage by pests;
  • lack of liquid or its stagnation in the soil in the pot;
  • improper use of fertilizer.


  • hypothermia;
  • damage by pests;
  • lack of lighting;
  • sunburn;
  • natural aging process;
  • low air humidity;
  • improper watering;
  • stress.

What to do to revive dull leaves and buds: step by step instructions

  1. Overheating of roots... The homeland of Phalaenopsis is the tropics. It is because of this that they love warmth, but everything is good in moderation. Do not overuse and place the plant in direct sunlight or near a battery in winter. Hot air from an air conditioner will also have a negative effect on the flower.

    An increase in air temperature leads to an increase in soil temperature, and this, in turn, causes evaporation of moisture. That is, it is the reason for insufficient moisture in the root system. Accordingly, the plant receives insufficient moisture, and as a result, there are not enough necessary macro- and microelements.

    The worst thing is that this process can happen in just a few hours. The plant will be able to restore the water balance within 5 days.

  2. Phalaenopsis content is too wet. Excessive soil moisture is a serious problem for all plants, not just phalaenopsis. The leaves begin to lose their elasticity and become softer, they can begin to fall off, and the plant itself "folds".

    What to do in this case? We remove the flower from the pot and rinse the roots with running water. We find damaged areas on the root system and carefully remove. We treat the sections with an antiseptic and leave to dry overnight.

    In the morning, we transplant the phalaenopsis into a new soil. Watering is carried out only after the soil has dried.

  3. Using a high concentration of top dressing. Everyone uses fertilizers for better and faster plant growth, but it is important to observe the desired concentration. Its increase may not so much benefit as harm. The roots of the plant are quite sensitive and an increase in the concentration of salts, active substances can cause them to rot.
  4. Compacted substrate. The substrate requires regular change. This should happen about once every 2 years, otherwise there is a violation of air circulation. This will negatively affect both the condition of the leaves and the condition of the phalaenopsis in general.

    This can happen due to an incorrectly selected fraction, due to the appearance of soil fungi or algae in the soil. Natural components found in the soil begin to decompose and clog the drainage holes.

    Symptoms may include wilting of buds and leaves.

    What to do in this case? Actions are similar to those performed when the soil is waterlogged.

  5. Plant stress. Stress is dangerous for any living being. It can be caused by a change in residence, lighting, temperature or humidity in the room. The plant will react to these changes instantly. The flowers may stop blooming or simply shed their buds.

    What to do in this case? Move phalaenopsis to comfortable conditions for him or modify them to acceptable ones.

  6. Hypothermia or frostbite. When the temperature outside the window reaches -16 degrees or less, hypothermia of the flower may occur. This can happen when transporting a plant along the street, for example, from a store. Hypothermia will be especially dangerous if the plant has been watered or sprayed before. It can provoke the rejection of buds, wilting of leaves.

    What to do in this case? Eliminate wilted leaves. There is no need to replant plants. But you should transfer the phalaenopsis to a warm room.

  7. Draft. It is, no doubt, important to ventilate the room; ventilation and drafts are different things.

    Drafts are dangerous even for humans, what can we say about plants. They can cause wilting of flowers.

    What to do in this case? In no case should you place phalaenopsis in places where there is a constant circulation of cold air.
    Never ventilate the room immediately after watering the plant!

Insufficient watering can also be the cause.

When is it too late to save a flower?

The most common cause of wilting of leaves is damage to the root system. The degree of damage is divided into:

  • easy;
  • medium;
  • heavy.

The degree of damage is difficult to determine for inexperienced growers. But you can try. To do this, you need to try to pull the plant out of the ground. If it is difficult to do this, then the reason is not in the roots. If the extraction of the plant was very easy, then it is too late to save it. What happened? Plant tissues atrophied and part of the root system died.


  • Maintain a comfortable temperature for phalaenopsis. In winter, it is + 16 + 18, and in summer + 22 + 25 degrees.
  • Humidity should be 50-60%.
  • Ventilate the room regularly.
  • Water once a week.
  • Fertilize 2 times a month.

Important! For fertilization of phalaenopsis, it is necessary to use only special fertilizers, namely "for orchids".

Some novice gardeners may find phalaenopsis a capricious plant, with difficult care. But this is not the case. This type of orchid is resistant to many diseases, and its immunity is excellent. Prevent possible problems in a timely manner. In no case do not neglect the recommendations for plant care and they will delight you for more than one year.


Below you can find a video about the reasons for the wilting of the phalaenopsis orchid.

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