What To Do For Scorched Orchid Leaves?

If you have burned orchids with scorching burns, it’s time to take action. There are various ways to deal with the problem. You may want to consider all the options before making your decision. Here are some things you need to think about:


How much do I care?

You might not even notice burnt or charred leaves if they don’t affect your enjoyment of your plants. However, burning or scorched leaves can cause damage to your plants’ health. If you burn or scorch leaves, then you will lose the color of your plant. If the leaves become yellowish brown, then there is no way they will look attractive anymore. Burning or scorching leaves can also make them grow slower than usual.


Is it my favorite type of plant?

It depends on what kind of plant you like. Some types of plants are more prone to being burned or scorched than others. Plants such as cacti, succulents, ferns, mosses and lichens are less likely to suffer from these kinds of damages. Other plants include grasses, herbs and flowers. These kinds of plants tend to be more susceptible to the effects caused by heat damage.


How long did it last?

This factor may affect the condition of your plant. The longer your leaves are exposed to extreme heat, the more likely they will suffer from its effects. If you leave your plant outside in the sun for a few hours, it is possible that you will notice brownish or reddish patches on your leaves. You should also keep in mind that plants placed near windows will dry out when it is hot outdoors. If this is the case, then you should try to water the plant more often.


How much direct light does it receive?

If it is constantly exposed to direct sunlight, then the damage will be worse compared to a plant that occasionally gets some sun. It is possible that you will notice patches of brown or red coloring on your leaves. This could be a sign of burning or scorching. You should move the plant away from any direct sun for a while and make sure it gets plenty of water.

It is normal for orchids – especially those that grow outdoors – to get burns. These kinds of plants have a natural defense to severe heat conditions. As a result, the plant will not wilt or dry out completely even if it remains in hot conditions for a long time.

However, you might still notice patches of discoloration on some of the leaves. This could be a sign that the plant needs special care to get rid of the discoloration.


What do I feel is the best option for my orchid?

It is up to you to decide what will provide the best support for your plant. You may not see any problem with your plant, but it might suffer from heat damage later. It is possible that a leaf might turn yellowish brown even if it does not appear to be scorched. You should always check your orchids regularly for signs of burning or scorching. The damage could get worse if you do not provide the right treatment for your plant.

What can I do about burned or scorched orchid leaves?

Once you have noticed any yellowish-brownish patches on your leaves, it is important to treat your plant. It is best to provide a balanced amount of water and fertilizer to your orchid. You should also move your orchid away from any direct sunlight. The sun can damage your orchid even through the window. It is best to keep your orchid away from any direct sunlight.

It also helps to mist your orchid with water every day. Foliage that has been burned will need extra hydration to help it recover. You should notice signs of improvement after a few days.

Sources & references used in this article:

Fertilizer Burn by S Jones – American Orchid Society, 2008 – Citeseer

Costs of reproduction in the pink lady’s slipper orchid (Cypripedium acaule): defoliation, increased fruit production, and fire by RB Primack, SL Miao, KR Becker – American Journal of Botany, 1994 – Wiley Online Library

The effects of spring burns on the western prairie fringed orchid (Platanthera praeclara) by JM Pleasants – Proceedings of the 14th Annual North …, 1995 – images.library.wisc.edu

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Vegetative propagation of orchids by YI Lee – Orchid Propagation: From Laboratories to …, 2018 – Springer



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