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My Sun Burned Phaleonopsis

Hi everyone,
So my boyfriend got me an orchid for my dorm because he spotted that I had them basically lining my room at home. This room has terrible lighting, but since I live in Cali, the temp is great. The only problem is that I have to take it out on the deck for the best hours of sunlight and put it into a slightly shady/cool place. A few days ago I forgot to take it out and asked my roommate to take care of it for me as she was going, she did... only I found it a few hours later in full california sun and the the leaves in terrible condition. I don't have a camera to post pics with at the moment, but two of the three are basically dried out--the color is there, but there is no juice left and they are completely floppy. The third is bleached and a little soft, but not dried out. There is also a little area close to the stock where the sun didn't hit, and thats just like the leaf was before the incident. I was thinking of trimming off the dried off parts because they are useless now. Oh, so far the flowers and buds look fine, nothing unusual about them, and I checked when I got it and the roots are super happy looking.

What should I do to save this orchid? It really means a lot to me and I would love to keep it flowering.

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Do you have a way to post a picture of it? Maybe someone with a cell phone to email the picture to you so you can post it? It sounds like it good burnt pretty good I'm so sorry. Sometimes burnt leaves don't hurt hte plant to bad but if it is extreme it may need to be tossed soon. Extreme burntness can stress the plant. It's good that the flowers still look good.I don't have much experience with burnt phals so hopefuly someone else can give you some good advice. Maybe the revive recipe to help it destress would help?? I dunno if that would help or not.
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I agree with kid-A. A picture would help. Cutting off burned areas can be done. I would brush the cut part with cinnamon (powder) You don't have a window in your dorm? It sounds like a lot of work to be moving it all the time. Here's a link for a culture sheet. AOS | Phalaenopsis
Good luck with it!
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Here, here, a picture would definitely help. You could also look at the phaleanopsis care
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http://www.orchidgeeks.com/forum/orc...m-orchids.html
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I just noticed that this person is banned....oh well, hopefully someone else can use the advice.
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I don't bother to cut off burned leaves. They don't look very nice, but they also don't hurt the plant, either. I think they still contribute something, even though they don't look like they do.
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Well spotted Patti. Are you feeling any better?
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