Autumn Orchid Tips

As temperatures cool in autumn, the orchid that sat there doing nothing for months may surprise you with a burst of new growth. Relieved of oppressive summer heat, many varieties take this opportunity to grow or bloom. The change of season also requires changes in your orchid care regimen, so here are a few autumn reminders:

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6 Comments on “Autumn Orchid Tips”

  1. nancy Says:

    You spoiled Californian! 😉 I had to move my warm growers inside last month when we had a cold snap. Good overall advice.

  2. Jean Jackson Says:

    Thanks for using the time and effort to write something so interesting.

  3. Hanna at Orchid Care Says:

    I know what you mean about some orchid varieties springing into action. My three Paphiopedilums which seemed to be doing very little for months have now produced their glorious blooms.

    You mentioned that “dry air invites pest.” I noticed that humid air does as well. Am I doing something wrong?

  4. Marc Says:

    Hi Hanna. Dry air really exacerbates pest problems with orchids, but humid air is no guarantee that they’ll stay away. If your humidity is too high (above 80% for most orchids) that could invite a different set of bugs. Other problems such as cool temps can also weaken plants and invite pests.

  5. Orchideya Says:

    Whoops! I didn’t know vandas go dormant. All of them or just specific varieties? Thank you for the info.

  6. Marc Says:

    Hi Orchideya. Many Vandas do go dormant during winter, especially for growers who live in cold climates. I don’t want to say that all varieties go dormant, because there are so many kinds, and there are always exceptions to the rule. You may find that cutting back on water and fertilizer during winter months will result in more blooms when the plant comes back into flower. Keep humidity high so roots and leaves stay healthy.