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.

You will need

  • Sunny spot or grow light
  • Reduced watering and fertilizing schedule
  • Warm
  • moist environment
  • Humidifier or humidity trays (optional)

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.

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.

Step 3 Limit fertilizer Limit fertilizer applications to once or twice per month.

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.

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.

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