What to do with an orchid with yellow leaves?

If your orchid has yellow leaves, it’s a sign that the plant may not be in optimal health. Several factors could contribute to this issue, such as direct sunlight, being subjected to extreme temperatures (either too hot or too cold), or overwatering. In this article, we will explore these potential causes and provide you with the remedies!

What to do with an orchid with yellow leaves?


Direct sunlight

One of the causes of an orchid with yellow leaves could be direct sunlight. Orchids prefer a bright spot, but not direct sunlight. Avoid placing your plant too close to a window, or consider using sheer curtains to create some shade. However, be cautious not to place it in an excessively dark spot, as this may cause the flower buds to drop prematurely.

Also read: How to make orchids rebloom again?


Too high or low temperature

Another reason for yellowing orchid leaves might be a temperature imbalance. Orchids thrive in temperatures ranging from 15 to 25 ºC. They can tolerate slightly cooler or warmer conditions, but only for short periods. Try to maintain a relatively consistent temperature at home, as orchids dislike sudden temperature fluctuations.



Overwatering is another common cause of yellow leaves in orchids. Excess water can lead to root rot, resulting in the appearance of yellowing leaves. During the summer, water your orchid once a week, and in winter, reduce it to once every two weeks. To prevent root rot, consider using the immersion method. Simply immerse the orchid’s root ball and inner pot in water for 5 to 10 minutes. This method helps ensure the roots receive adequate hydration without becoming waterlogged.

Also read: 3 ways to water your orchid



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