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Unread 01-29-2013, 06:12 PM
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Default Paph leaves are losing pattern?

I have a NOID paph that had these beautifully mottled leaves when I bought it last August.
But over time the leaves lightened and the pattern is becoming harder to see..
Obviously I'm doing something wrong.
What do I do to fix it?
So far it's been an easy grower with very little demand... it's flower even lasted for and a half months....

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Generally they lose their mottled look once they start to loose sunlight. Increase the sun and you should get it back.
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Generally they lose their mottled look once they start to loose sunlight. Increase the sun and you should get it back.
Makes sense... I did have it in a very dark place for a while.
My family wanted to enjoy the "alien flower" in the living room.
Hopefully it's new spot will darken it up.

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Too much light?
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Too much light?
Too much light?


This directly conflicts with they other comment lol...
What to do?

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Nutrition deciciency? A little hard to figure out if we cant see what it looks like.
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Quite often problems have diametrically opposite possible solutions - for example wilting can be caused by both drought and over watering. The thing to do is consider your plant's situation and then do what's appropriate - you had it in a dark spot so it's most likely too little light. However, if it has only lost colour since you moved it to the brighter spot then it is more likely to be too much light. Bear in mind reactions to a place take a while and make a judgement.
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I've found with Maudaie hybrids with mottled leaves that high light caused them to fade. I moved them from west windows to lower light north-east windows and they darkend again.

However I agree with Hedge, it could be either and you need to judge by where it is now. If it was going paler in a bright window, then dry a darker spot, however it it was going paler in a low light spot then try a brighter one.

Having said that I've also had one of these fade when it had root problems and was getting dehydrated due to root rot. Unfortunately it's a bit like a human looking pale... you know they are sick but can't tell why just from the pale look. It may be worth checking the roots, disturbing them could cause the flower to blast, but not correcting a problem in them could also kill the plant
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It kind of depends on how old the leaf/leaves in question are. Sometimes they fade with old age. It's just a natural process of senescence. If the new growth looks fine I wouldn't worry about it.
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