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Posted 3w ago by @InclusiveDill

Sheโ€™s been bloomed for awhile, I fertilized her and now t...

#PhalaenopsisOrchid
5ft to light, indirect
6โ€ pot with drainage
Last watered 3 weeks ago
@InclusiveDill
Rosanna
It could be just the plant jettisoning it's oldest leaf ๐Ÿƒ
Is the plant otherwise very healthy or do you have other concerns?
Hi, Rosanna. I would carefully cut off that leaf. The thing that concerns me is that there is only one other leaf. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ I hope you get another leaf soon so your plant can continue to grow.

Iโ€™m glad you found Greg! Have a great night!
@Seymour no other concerns, she blooms very frequently, I did just repot her. One other leaf came off probably in December
@InclusiveDill good idea to use a orchid specific orchid fertilizer if you donโ€™t already
@Seymour I did that and I think maybe I used to much? Iโ€™m unsure if that will cause yellow leaves, but I had never fertilized until a month ago
Iโ€™m wondering by looking at the roots if she doesnโ€™t need a bigger pot??? ๐Ÿค”
@InclusiveDill Rosanna, unless there is something else that would highlight an issue, it could be as I say just jettison of a old leave to conserve energy for eg new growth so just monitor would be my suggestion. And obviously ensure you have the best conditions.

People in Greg know I am a bit fan of Miss Orchid Girl for all issues with orchids and hereโ€™s a quick sample:

https://youtu.be/8HfEHb-E37w?si=6V2pDmCTu-HOiJM7

All the best Rosanna, let me know if you are unsure or have any concerns and we can look to provide a better answer! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘
That could be the problem. If you say you maybe used too much *and* you just repotted (many media already contain fertilizer) it might be overfertilized. Just in case I would rinse the pot thoroughly. As always be careful not to get your plant wet. I would leave the leaf for now. Should you decide to cut it, however, use sterilized tools because you would be cutting into live tissue.
Also the yellowing of the leaf seems off to me. Whenever I lose old growth it starts from the tip of the leaf and lives downward until it falls off. Does something smell like rot near the stem? I would monitor very carefully, watch miss orchid girl in the meantime (as per Seymour's great recommendation) and have hydrogen peroxide 3%at the ready just in case.
Hi ๐Ÿ‘‹. I see that youโ€™ve just repotted. Itโ€™s really natural for a phal to cast off a leaf or two after a repot. Thatโ€™s because repots really stress them out, though repotting is necessary every few years. When a phal is stressed, itโ€™ll try to conserve energy to survive and one way to do that is to cast off parts of the plant that take up energy, such as the leaves. If this were one of my phals, I would remove the flower spike and put the spike in a vase. Phals will kill off leaves over flower spikes, but actually leaves are far more important than spikes as itโ€™s where they get their energy from. A stressed phal will also push its energy into blooming when it should be pushing energy into recovering from the stress. It looks as though your plant only has one leaf left aside from the yellowing one? Thatโ€™s a concern and we need to do everything possible to keep that green leaf alive because itโ€™ll be really hard for the plant to survive without it. So definitely cut off the flower spike. I usually only let my phals bloom if they have at least 3+ leaves. Stressed phals donโ€™t cope too well in very warm weather, so it is best to place them somewhere not too warm but that gets enough sun (not direct sunlight). Donโ€™t cut off the yellowing leaf - stressed phals are prone to infection and if you cut off the leaf, youโ€™re creating an open wound that could let infection in. The leaf will fall naturally on its own and youโ€™ll find that the plant seals the place itโ€™s dropped from / thatโ€™s how it protects itself from infection! What was the root system like when you repotted? Care for it as usual, bearing in mind that the roots may need watering more frequently to start off with as new media is less absorbent than old media (still be careful not to overwater - the roots should be silver when they are ready for watering). Itโ€™ll be stressed form the repot for some weeks, but after that, you should notice that it starts to put out some new growth, some roots and then a new leaf should grow!
Just to add, also hold off on the fertiliser for the first month after a repot. Fertilisers can push the plant to grow faster than a stressed phal has energy for, which can also lead to it having to shut down structures like roots and leaves to survive.
@MotherOfOrchids Good advice, Debbie Mother of Orchids, your oasis is exquisite!
I canโ€™t compete with your advice or oasis but hereโ€™s a few photos for a Mother of Orchids ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿคฉ
Thank you all, I trimmed the bloom, roots look good and I will not fertilizer for a while.