Winter Orchid Care

There’s no better reminder than the harsh winter weather that many orchids have entered a dormant season. Corresponding to a dry season in the wild, members of these common orchid families are resting like a bear in a cozy den. Resist the urge to water until you see their pseudobulbs start to shrivel. Do your daily plant check with a spray mister instead of a watering can. Depending on growing conditions, many varieties only need water once or twice a month.

The following orchid varieties do not experience a dry season, but with lower light levels and cooler temperatures, it’s ok to give them a little less water also.

It’s always worth repeating that orchids need good humidity, but the dry air of home and office heating provides an extra challenge. Low humidity can cause blooms to wilt quickly. Dry air also invites pests, especially spider mites and scale.

Finally, consider adding extra light to compensate for the weak winter sun. That should keep you busy, but remember that repotting season is just around the corner.

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5 Comments on “Winter Orchid Care”

  1. Keith Says:

    Great info. Keep it going!

  2. Hanley Says:

    I’m glad for the helpful hint about light.

  3. Joy Blake Says:

    Many of my collection miss their annual bloom when I overwater in winter. Thanks for the great advice.

  4. Peter Says:

    Its so hard to resist watering that long, but if the reward is flowrs, I can do it.

  5. Ben Says:

    I agree the info about adding extra light in winter is ESSENTIAL for Northern growers. Depending on your latitude, don’t forget to put orchids back in shade by start of Spring.