Check to see if the plant is firmly in the pot. If it is shaky,
it might mean it has been repotted or has a bad root system.
The pseudobulbs should be fat and plump, not shriveled.
The leaves should be firm. Crinkled leaves indicate exposure
to cold temperatures or not being watered correctly.
Are the leaves brown or have spots? This is an indication of
exposure to excessive sunlight or high temperatures. On many of
the orchids make sure the center leaf is still growing and there
is not damage to the crown of the orchid. This damage can result
in crown rot and the orchid will die.
Is there water inside the paper wrapper? Take out the paper
as the orchid requires drainage.
Is there a sticky substance on the leaves? This means the orchid
plant has been bug-infested.
Are the flowers limp or the buds yellowing? Are buds missing?
These are the markings of a stressed plant that is not worth salvaging.