How to Take Care of an Orchid over the Winter

Maintain the beauty of these delicate blooms once the cold blows in with a few winterizing tricks.

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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)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    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.

  2. Step 2

    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.

  3. Water early in the day so they are dry by nighttime.

  4. Step 3

    Limit fertilizer

    Limit fertilizer applications to once or twice per month.

  5. Step 4

    Keep humid

    Protect your orchids from dry air, which can dry out buds, by keeping them away from vents, fireplaces, or other sources of dry heat.

  6. Use a humidifier or humidity trays to maintain humidity.

  7. Step 5

    Regulate temperature

    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.

  8. There are 25,000 to 30,000 orchid species worldwide, with new species being found all the time.

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