- 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
- moist environment
- Humidifier or humidity trays (optional)