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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.


  • 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.
  • TIP: Water early in the day so they are dry by nighttime.
  • 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.
  • TIP: Use a humidifier or humidity trays to maintain humidity.
  • 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.
  • FACT: There are 25,000 to 30,000 orchid species worldwide, with new species being found all the time.

You Will Need

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

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