Having soft orchid leaves is a common problem among orchid owners. The causes of soft or wrinkling leaves can vary, but usually it is a sign of poor nutrient availability. The plant can recover when caught in time. If you want to keep your orchid leaves in good shape, you will need to take steps to remedy the issue.
When you notice your orchid leaves are wrinkling, it is important to determine the cause. Often, this is caused by improper watering or the lack of nutrients. However, if you can identify the root or potting mix issue, you can fix the problem.
If you have an issue with your orchid’s root system, you will need to make sure that the roots are properly nourished. You can do this by adding a solution of diluted plant feed. The diluted solution is safer and less harmful to your orchid than pure water feed.
You can also clean the inside of the crown by using a solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide. This will kill any pathogens that have infected the root. It is best to use gloves when applying this treatment.
There are also a few other reasons, your orchid might have soft leaves. These can include a fungal infection or bacterial disease. If the root is rotted, you can try re-potting your orchid.
Why Are My Orchids Wilting
Getting the right balance of light, air circulation, and humidity is important to keeping your orchids healthy. If your orchids are wilting, there are some common reasons. These can be fixed easily.
Orchids that are wilting should be watered immediately. If you’re not sure if your plant is wilting, check for signs such as a yellowing color on the leaves. This can indicate root rot. Read: How to Water your Orchid correctly.
Orchids prefer temperatures between 55 °F (ca. 13 °C) and 75 °F (ca. 24 °C). This is to maintain a healthy root system. However, they can be damaged by low temperatures. If you notice your orchid wilting, try moving the plant to a cooler spot. You can also place a humidifier near the plant.
Orchids can also suffer from viral and bacterial infections. These require reduced humidity and increased air circulation to combat. If your orchid is infected, you should separate it from other healthy plants.
Overwatering is another common cause of wilting. Overwatering can leave the soil wet and prevent the roots from drawing up moisture. The excess water can lead to root rot.
Orchids have a special root system that allows them to take up water from the soil. They can also get the nutrients they need through the air. If your orchids are wilting, you should focus on the roots.
It is important to remember that orchids will not bounce back as quickly as they did when they were first repotted. You should try to keep the plant in cool, shady conditions while it heals. It may even be necessary to repot it.
TIP: Read Irene’s guide: How to Look After your Orchid House Plant.