Orchid is a plant of tropical origin and will add a touch of elegance and freshness to your home. This houseplant, whose colorful flowers resemble butterflies, requires a very special flowering process. In the flower store or even in the supermarket always seems to be orchid season. In reality, this plant does not bloom all year round: Its most common variety, which is easy to buy, is almost always the “phalaenopsis” or “butterfly orchid”. However, these species bloom only in spring and summer, much less in winter. Especially during the winter season, when we find a flowering orchid, it means that it has been artificially flowered and changed its vegetative cycle.
But can we make this plant bloom throughout the winter?
The answer is yes, although it would be best to let the orchid wither. Because it is important to respect the natural dormancy after flowering until temperatures rise.
What to do to make the orchid bloom?
Here’s how to keep an orchid blooming in winter and take care of it in a special way until spring comes to help us with a more suitable climate for its growth!
keep them warm
You should know that the orchid likes summer and warm temperatures. Therefore, it will always need a light frame. First of all, it is essential to keep your plant at a fairly high temperature, never below 6-7°F. This way, in a warm environment, the orchid will continue to keep its flowers without wilting prematurely due to the winter climate. Also pay attention to sunlight, which must always be present without directly touching the plant. Therefore, it is necessary to try to find a good balance: Too much sun can harm it, while too little light can prevent it from blooming. It is best to keep the orchid on a windowsill with opaque glass or a filter curtain.
As a general rule, an orchid should never be fertilized during the winter months. However, for an artificial bloom during this cold period, the plant needs to be fertilized using the same process that is used during hot climates. Therefore, you can fertilize it with a special fertilizer based on nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. This will be the fertilizer that will allow it to bloom longer. You should know that the orchid may fade after a few weeks. Do not panic, your plant can bloom again after the first flowering. What is needed is to cut the stems where the flowers have faded. Then put it in a cool place for two weeks and reduce the frequency of watering. After this time, you can put it back in its place and gradually a new stem will come to life.
Water it frequently
Your orchids need to be watered regularly, but also not too much to avoid root rot. The best way to water it? Certainly immersion, which involves placing the plant in a sink or basin filled with water for 20/30 minutes so that it absorbs only the water it really needs. However, remember to drain well after watering so that the water does not stagnate at the bottom of the pot. Periodically, you can spray a little water on the leaves and roots. The ideal time to water orchids is when you notice that the soil is no longer moist and begins to become dry and hard. Periodically spray water on the leaves and roots, this may be sufficient watering.
Keep the humidity high
One care advice that applies to the orchid at any time of the year is to keep it in a place where the humidity is high enough (between 60 and 80%). In fact, this plant, with its tropical origin, is accustomed to grow in an environment where the humidity remains constantly high. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you install it in the bathroom: This is the room where humidity is generally much higher than in the other rooms of the house. Learn that if the humidity is low, the orchid can have significant problems with its leaves or roots.
Consequences and tips
As we have already mentioned, if we bring an orchid to bloom in winter, its vegetative cycle will be altered because we have accelerated its awakening. For this reason, it is always preferable to let the orchid follow its natural cycle, dictated by the normal change of seasons, without forcing its flowering.