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You Will Need
- Sunny spot or grow light
- Reduced watering and fertilizing schedule
- Warm, moist environment
- Humidifier or humidity trays (optional)
Move to a sunny spot
Move your orchid to a bright, sunny spot in your home for the duration of the shorter winter days. Add a grow light if your orchid variety requires high light intensity.
Water less frequently
Water your orchid less frequently in winter, when they grow slower. If you water twice a week, switch to once per week. If you're on a weekly watering schedule, switch to watering only every 10 to 14 days.
Limit fertilizer applications to once or twice per month.
Protect your orchids from dry air, which can dry out buds, by keeping them away from vents, fireplaces, or other sources of dry heat.
Regulate the temperature. Most orchids need temperatures between 55 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. If your home is a constant 60 to 65 degrees, add some warmth during the day to help them thrive. Come spring, you'll have happy, healthy orchids.