As much as we’d like to pretend it isn’t, the chilly season is upon us. Winter ushers in cold temps and dry conditions that usually stick around for a few months. As an orchid owner, it’s important to think about the proper care for your Phal during these colder months as the winter weather makes its debut.
Drafts Are Not a Phal’s Friend
Drafts are pretty common during the wintertime. They’ll enter through a gently sealed window, following the opening of a door, or even through the chimney. Although we may be willing to tolerate the occasional draft, Phals would rather not. Exposure to cold drafts and the sudden drops in temperature that often follow are stressful to the orchid and can cause premature bloom drop. This phenomenon is aptly known as “bud blast,” because a sharp blp>
We recommend housing your orchid in a room where it’s easy to maintain a temperature within the Phal’s ideal range of between 55 and 75 degrees. If your Phal is near a window, it’s also important to ensure that there is a little bit of space between the two to avoid drafts emanating from a poorly sealed window.
Protect your Phal from Low Humidity
Phals originated in the tropics where they enjoyed delightfully humid air. Winter is notorious for dry conditions and a serious lack of humidity. Low humidity can take a toll on the Phalaenopsis orchid, causing its leaves to appear stunted or deformed. In the winter, when humidity levels are especially low, orchid owners should take steps to raise humidity levels to suit the needs of their orchid.
One easy way to accomplish this is to keep a humidifier running in the room in which your orchids live to ensure optimal humidity levels.
With that said, we recommend that you turn the humidifier off at night to allow any excess moisture to evaporate so that your orchid doesn’t pick up any diseases due to moisture buildup.
We hope these tips have prepared you to care for your orchid during the colder months ahead! Have additional orchid care questions? Visit our FAQ section!