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Old 02-21-2012, 10:59 AM
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is my orchid dying?

My flowers have fallen off months ago. But now the leaves are turning yellow and falling off. Is it dying? I water it once a week or longer.
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:28 PM
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The pic isn't to clear on my end so I really can't tell, it looks like it might be a Den. of some kind but maybe you can get a closer pic. I don't want to wager a guess and get you going in the wrong direction. Oh! Welcome to the Geeks! You'll be getting the help you need in no time and maybe with more pics we can get your chid back on it's feet, or roots I mean Good luck
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:38 PM
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By the looks of things it does appear to be a Dendrobium, however, more information is needed. Is there a window nearby for light? Is there anything nearby for humidity like a humidity tray? You say you water once a week or longer, but more often might be needed, again, depending on the conditions.

Welcome as well, I'm sure more experienced help is on the way, but answering these questions will get you started.
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The pic in my signature is the same orchid. My whole living room is lit up by indirect sunlight. I have huge windows and a small living room. Room isn't dry. I'm not sure if i'm suppose to cut any limbs off or anything
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:13 PM
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All of the short stalks had leaves and they all fell off. The tallest stalk, the bottom leaves were now turning yellow and falling off
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I'd definitely put it on a "humidity tray" or what I call a pebble tray. I know my Den. loves bright light. I'd also take it out of it's pot, check the root system and see how good the potting material is too

Do you fertilize it/over fertilize it/how often? What type...lots of variables I know...but I'd at least take it out like I stated above and check things out...place it somewhere else a little brighter on a pebble tray is a good start.

Also, there are Dens. varieties that do shed & go dormant...so let's here what others have to say too
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:31 PM
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Alright, the flower looks like a phal, and unless you are getting any indications of a fungus or anything that's slowly spreading I wouldn't cut anything off.

Phal or Dendrob, it might not be getting enough water, and depending on the orchid medium, it might be drying out from once a week or longer waterings. The light sounds fine to me, as those two prefer indirect light that's somewhat bright.

Are you fertilizing? Did you check the roots? How long ago did you repot if at all? Orchids need fresh medium every now and then (about once a year I think) as their old medium breaks down and keeps in moisture, which in turn causes problems.

Another thing that might help during the process is the chopstick watering method. Basically, put something long and wooden in the medium to check when it needs to be watered, if the stick is dry, water, if wet, check the next day, and rinse and repeat.

If you can, get some closer pictures so we can get a better look at the problem. These are some basic tips that will hopefully elevate the problem.
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:50 PM
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The ppl I got the orchid from, said to used diluted fertilizer water every time I water. So it very diluted. I use a spray bottle. Its in a rock/moss mixture.
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:53 PM
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Looks as if your getting the help you need and it sounds like good advice we Geeks will do everything to help as best we can. Just hang in there and as long as there are leaves on there is hope for your orchid, they are tough and they want to survive
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:04 PM
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This is a closer look
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:24 PM
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That's a dendrobium. You say you use a spray bottle. Do you soak all the medium (potting mix) in the pot once a week when you water or just spray the leaves and the top of the medium?
Your plant might not be getting enough water if you are just spraying it. That type of dendrobium needs bright light, like right next to a window, not several feet away.
Definitely check the roots as someone else mentioned. If you can post a picture of them, you'll get a lot more help from the knowledgeable people here.
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Your conditions will determine the medium you use and how often you should water. I don't use a fan, no lights, my house is 65'F on average in the winter and I am in Ohio with many cloudy days. So, I have mine in Large lava rock and plastic net pots. With this, I only water one every seven to nine days. They are about six inches from a south-facing window. In the summer, all my orchids go outside and, unless it rains, they are watered either daily or every other day as there is always a breeze and temps are higher. My dens all look happy right now. Two are new (November), the other two I have had many years. One blooms faithfully twice a year, the other is almost always in bloom. These are phal-type dens, as yours is. I don't fertilize much in the winter, even when they are in bloom, but increase the frequency (always weakly) when new growth starts putting out roots. I let the rain flush out the salts in the summer and use pure water in the winter. Some of these resent repotting, some don't, so you might want to gently move aside the media and check the roots. These are great orchids. I hope this helps.

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Old 02-21-2012, 06:41 PM
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I'm scared to take it out to look at the roots. I repotted it myself in that pot with the rock/moss mixture the way the guy told me to. I tried moving the mixture to see the roots but they were rly far down in the pot. I saw some and they were white. Not sure if that's what they are suppose to look like
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Don't be afraid to repot. It will do the plant more harm to remain in a medium that isn't working for you or in a too large pot than it will to repot it.

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not sure if u can see the roots in this picture
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the picture didnt post. this should work
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:27 PM
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Shelly - your photo is a tad too small for a forum. If using your phone, try a better setting. Currently your photo is only 58x102 pixels, pretty tiny. A good shot for a forum is approx. 480x640 ... little less is good too.
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the last pic i posted when i click on it says 647 x 365. its big when i click on it on my computer.
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The problem with helping over the Internet is it is impossible to get a good look. The big things with Phal-dens is giving them good light, keeping them above 60'F, and not overwatering. They can withstand dryness very well. Wetness, on the otherhand is only fine if temps are higher. If the white root is nice and firm, greens up when wet, it is fine. If you know the medium is usually dry, you need not worry, either, about the roots. So, light. How close is it to the windows? These like very good lighting. If it is cold outside, a couple of inches away from an east or west window or no more than a foot from a south window makes them happy. Last, temps. If it gets cold at night, moving it somewhere warmer will make it happy. Ideal is a warm spot near a south, east, or west window.
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it was about 10 feet from the window. the window is facing SW but is almost completely west bound. the only place i can put it near a window is 1 foot from the window.
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the last pic i posted when i click on it says 647 x 365. its big when i click on it on my computer.
we must have been posting at the same time lol - I was referring to your other photo of the entire plant - that's the last one that was posted up be4 your root shot
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here are bigger pictures. thanks guys for the info. i moved it closer to the window.and will check to make sure its getting enough water. i thought that if the leaves were green that it was ok
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Old 02-22-2012, 01:05 AM
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is the pot i have it in too big?
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S it potted in moss under that layer of rock ?? These can do well in moss (phal type or hard cane dens) just you have to water when the moss is about dry and this can take a couple weeks or longer if the temps are cooler in the winter and if its in a plastic pot. (If that's moss). I have a few in fine bark and some in sphag moss. Over watering the moss will cause root rot. So if it is moss I recommend checking its roots and re potting it. These like a snug fit pot. They won't. Bloom unless cramped in the pot.
In the forum under care and cultivation there is a loink to the AOS culture sheets. Click on that and look up the dendrobium. The Den one is broken down intpo 3 catagory's this one falls under the first one labled Phalaenthe Dendrobium this will help with temps lighting needed etc for this Den
Post pics of the root ball when you un pot it see what's going on there
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its moss but mostly rock. they told me to mix it using 2/3 rock, 1/3 moss. and theytold me to put it in a clay pot. the next size smaller than the one its in was rly small and roots wouldnt even fit. i dont have another pot to put it in or know what kind/size pot to use
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If the pot size it's currently in fit the root ball accordingly then your ok... I saw the roots in one of your photos and they look to be ok as well. I am simply going to suspect light issue and recommend you place the plant into a sunnier location. Phal type Dendrobiums can take ample amounts of sunlight so fear not, but to me your plant is crying for some nice bright light. This should help things, and hopefully encourage new growth for you.
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thanks. its sitting next to a window now
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