If the lower leaves of your Orchid are beginning to turn yellow and brown like the photo above, no worries, this is a normal process of Orchid growth.
It is VERY important to NOT be tempted to cut off this leaf or pull it off, no matter how upsetting it might be to you to look at it every day. Patience is key for this process to complete properly and naturally.
During this process, the attached end of the leaf will slowly form a near-perfect clean-cut callous. See photo above. This is necessary to keep all airborne bacteria, viruses and any other unwanted 'pests' from attacking and damaging your Orchid.
A few days after you've noticed the leaf beginning to turn yellow or brown, you can try to VERY gently tug at the leaf. If you feel any resistance at all, STOP! Try again in another day or two. When the leaf is ready to come off, you'll know it, because just touching it will cause it to separate easily from the crown.
Your Orchid will now begin focusing its energy on producing a new leaf. Enjoy!
Category: Orchid Leaves