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.