Spots on my cattleya orchid

Asked February 4, 2020, 4:12 PM EST

I recently noticed some spots on my cattleya orchid plant and didn't know if I should be concerned. I've had the plant 5 months with no issues and just noticed them this week. The plant hasn't flowered yet. Thank you!

Baltimore Maryland houseplants cattleya orchid leaf spots

1 Response

Per our specialist, orchids can get leaf spots like this which can be related to the leaves being wet for an extended period of time or overwatering.
In nature, orchids are ephiphytes- they grow from air roots that cling to tree bark in tropical areas where periods of drought alternate with showers.
We suggest only wetting the fleshy, silvery roots and the potting medium.

Christine