Help! Save my miltoniopsis!

newbiehavinfun(7a - Southern NJ)March 23, 2010

Please help! My miltoniopsis has a yellow and brown leaf all of a sudden! It has been doing so well and flowering like bonanzas. I just fertilized with a weak concentration of 20-20-20 (so probably 10-10-10) on Friday and misted it this morning. What's going wrong?

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AMYQofU(z9 NorCal)

Mine do this after flowering; they lose a few leaves. Two or three on a plant that size. I would say it's nothing to be concerned about.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2010 at 9:58PM
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gloriosa321(8b)

Do you mean a single leaf or is it spreading? I can only help you if you answer this question.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2010 at 11:04PM
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newbiehavinfun(7a - Southern NJ)

Right now it's only a single leaf and hasn't spread.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2010 at 7:29AM
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newbiehavinfun(7a - Southern NJ)

Another leaf on another bulb has started to yellow. Do you think it could be getting too little sun?

    Bookmark   March 24, 2010 at 8:40AM
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orchid126(z6, NJ)

What kind of light is the plant getting?

    Bookmark   March 24, 2010 at 3:19PM
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newbiehavinfun(7a - Southern NJ)

Very indirect. It's in a room that gets a lot of sun (three east facing and two south facing windows) but is about six feet back from a southern window and twelve from an eastern window. Both the miltoniopsis and the paph I have there are blooming, but now with the yellow leaves on the miltoniopsis I'm thinking it might not be enough light.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2010 at 3:56PM
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terrestrial_man(9)

Are these leaves on the oldest pseudobulbs?

    Bookmark   March 24, 2010 at 7:41PM
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orchid126(z6, NJ)

You are keeping your plant in the dark. Six feet back from any exposure is too far away. I live in central NJ and mine are right near the glass in a western window. My catts are one or two feet from a south window.

Is the milt blooming under your care or did you buy it in bloom? If it's blooming under your care under those light conditions, than it might be a case of the plant losing it's older leaves.

The paph does not need as much light as a milt.

If you do decide to give the milt more light, move it closer to the window in stages, so as not to burn the leaves, like you might do the first time on the beach.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2010 at 4:27PM
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newbiehavinfun(7a - Southern NJ)

When I bought the orchid it had buds but no blooms. Now the buds have opened up. The leaves don't have any pleats, so I think the water is okay. The leaves are from bulbs that are not flowering, so they are the oldest, I presume. It must be as orchid126 says, that it's not getting enough light. I moved it to about 2 feet from a western window and will move it closer gradually and see how that goes. Thanks for your advice, everyone!

Megan

    Bookmark   March 25, 2010 at 4:40PM
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newbiehavinfun(7a - Southern NJ)

Update: The miltoniopsis has made a recovery. I put it in front of a western facing window, gradually, and now it seems very happy. No more yellow leaves and all the buds have opened. It's a veritable cacophany of flowers.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2010 at 11:40AM
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orchid126(z6, NJ)

Nice growing!

    Bookmark   March 31, 2010 at 4:25PM
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jane__ny(9-10)

Light is King!

    Bookmark   March 31, 2010 at 11:27PM
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