Let’s discover the main reasons & how to identify when it’s happening & how to save it.

Watering Issues

1. Signs of overwatering: yellow leaves due to root rot or crown rot 2. Signs of underwatering: shriveling roots and yellow or wrinkled leaves

Inadequate Light Exposure

1. Signs of too much light: yellow or brown leaves, orchid flowers or leaves dropping off 2. Low light: stunted growth and fewer leaves

Fertilizing Issues

1. Too much fertilizer: burned leaves, discolored roots, shriveling plant 2. Too little fertilizer: stunted growth

Low Humidity

The air dries out due to low humidity. The plant can’t receive enough water, so the potting soil eventually dries out and causes the roots and green leaves to shrivel.

Temperature Fluctuations

If the plant is subjected to constant temperature fluctuations, it can leave permanent damage and turn its leaves yellow and droopy.

Wrong Potting Mix

Orchid potting medium has to be well-draining to remove excess water and provide enough nutrients; if it’s not, root rot and yellow and wilting leaves will appear.


1. Mealybugs: white-colored spots that are sticky to the touch 2. Spider mites/aphids: brown spots on the underside of the leaves 3. Fungus gnats: tiny brown spots

How To Revive Dying Orchid

1. Water when the moss dries out 2. Ensure bright indirect light 3. New potting mix (perlite, bark, sphagnum moss) 4. Apply 20 20 20 fertilizer every 2 weeks 5. Remove pests and repot

Now that you know the answer to the question “Why is my orchid dying?” use our tips to save your orchid.