Orchids are among the most diverse and spectacular of all flowering plants. With an infinite variety of colors, shapes and sizes – they are an ideal indoor plant. Many are very fragrant and all are a feast to the eyes. To keep your orchids thriving in the winter time, here are a few tips:
- Orchids grow slower with less light and cooler temperatures – which means they need less water and food than the warmer months. Allow the orchids soil to dry-out slightly unless they are blooming. (This is true except for those orchids that prefer moist soil – like moth and slipper orchids.)
- Water the orchids early in the day so they will be dry by nightfall. The damp soil at night during the cooler days can be a breeding ground for fungal and bacterial growth!
- Warmer growing orchids prefer a temperature above 65 year round. Cymbidiums like a cooler environment of 55-65 degrees.
- Keep orchids away from registers, heat vents, fireplaces, etc – any where there is a source of dry air. The dry air can cause the buds to drop.
- Flowering orchids need plenty of water.