Spring Orchid Care

With the change of seasons, orchid care changes, too. Even if your thermometer still shows winter, it’s time for some spring orchid chores.

Move plants into shade. Move orchids from their brighter winter homes to shadier areas for spring and summer. Many types enjoy morning sun. Orchids leaves should be a light green color. Dark green leaves may indicate there’s not enough light to bloom.

Increase water and fertilizer. The sun is stronger, and plants are working longer hours to photosynthesize. On warm days, give extra water, but don’t add fertilizer.

After flowers finish, think about repotting. When new leaves and roots start to grow in spring, it’s the best time to repot. Check here to see if your orchid needs repotting.

Orchids always need high humidity and good air movement. Dry or stagnant air invites pests and disease. Raise humidity levels by grouping plants together, using a spray mister, running a cool-mist humidifier, or keeping pots on a tray of pebbles and water with the pots always kept above the water level.

Give orchids an outdoor vacation. Many orchids will enjoy trips outside as long as temps and humidity are good. Check these tips about moving plants outside.

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2 Comments on “Spring Orchid Care”

  1. Christopher Marks Says:

    Thanks for the reminder. I lost orchids in prior Springs to sunburn, so I keep an eye on leaf color this time of year. When they begin to look more yellow, I put them under shade. Additionally, it keeps the leaves pretty for when they bloom.

  2. Amy F. Says:

    Hello! I just would like to give an enormous thumbs up for the outstanding info you might have here on this post. I didn’t know that dark green leaves mean there is not enough light. I’m going to be coming back to your weblog for more soon.