March is one of those months where the weather can be a bit unpredictable. Depending on where you live, winter isn’t necessarily over and spring hasn’t quite yet sprung. It’s not uncommon to have a sunny day of warm temperatures followed by a morning where you need your heavy coat. Uncertain weather and fluctuating temperatures can be hard on the health of your orchid. Here’s what you need to know to get through the time “between” seasons.
4 Tips for Transitioning Your Orchid from Winter to Spring
1. Consider Repotting
March can mark the perfect time to repot your growing plant. If your orchid hasn’t been repotted since its last blooming, you may want to take advantage of the transition between seasons to give your plant more room to thrive. Check to see if your orchid is exhibiting any signs of needing repotting and then follow our five easy steps for repotting.
2. Watch Changing Temperatures
Be mindful of how outside temperatures may be affecting your plant’s health. For instance, if a cold front causes you to turn up your heat, ensure your orchid isn’t in the airflow path of a vent. Or, if warmer weather makes you want to open the windows of your home, make sure your orchid isn’t positioned in a drafty location.
3. Think About Humidity
If you took steps to increase the humidity in your orchid’s environment during the dry winter, now might be the time to ensure your humidity levels don’t get too high as the dampness of spring arrives. Remember, orchids thrive in environments with humidity levels between 55 and 75 percent. Often, springtime is perfect for natural humidity, but you likely won’t need to keep up your leaf misting routine or continue using your humidity tray. If you’re concerned the humidity levels in your home are too high, try these dehumidifying tips.
4. Watch Out for Pests
As the weather warms up outside, bugs and pests can become a problem for your Phalaenopsis orchid. However, if caught in time, most pest problems are easily managed. Keep an eye on your orchid and watch out for any unusual activity. If you think you have a pest problem, figure out what type of bug you’re dealing with and follow the treatment steps outlined in these here and here.
Nothing will make your home feel more ready for spring and warmer weather than a thriving, blooming orchid. By taking the proper steps to help transition your plant from winter to spring, you’ll be able to enjoy your orchid’s beauty for many more seasons to come.
Looking for more information on orchid care in different seasons? Download our free guide: Seasonal Changes to Expect With Your Orchid.