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How to Take Care of an Orchid over the Winter

Watch more Indoor Plants & Container Gardening videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn to take care of an orchid over the winter with these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. 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. Did You Know? There are 25,000 to 30,000 orchid species worldwide, with new species being found all the time.
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