My Cattleya Orchid Plant Leaves Turning Yellow

I got this beautiful cattleya orchid for my birthday. It was doing okay for a while, but suddenly the new leaves seem to be turning yellow. I read that it needs lots of light to bloom so I have in on a windowsill where it get bright afternoon sun several hours a day. What am I doing wrong?

Hi Angie,

Orchids do need lots of bright light to bloom. However, too much direct sun, like your plant is getting, causes the leaves to turn yellow. Move your orchid out of the direct afternoon sun. Allow it to get morning sun and bright indirect afternoon light. The leaves of an orchid should be an apple green color. When the plant is not getting enough light, the leaves become dark green; when the plant is getting too much light, the leaves turn yellow.

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