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YIPES! I'm going away....any suggestions?

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    Default YIPES! I'm going away....any suggestions?

    They do well by themselves when I am here...sigh.

    I'm leaving on Wed. p.m. for a week in Oakland. I get back the 30th, so 7 days later. I'm planning on leaving everything pretty much as is - fans on 24/7, lights on 13hrs. per day on timers, thermostat the same 70°daytime, 60° nightime (window goes down to about 58° tho.) I'll have to turn off the humidifier, as no one to fill it daily (tho, if imperative could have the neighbors do it, but it is still just a week old, so I don't think they'll miss it too much. Thoughts on that?)

    I plant to water tomorrow, and Wednesday, right before I leave, and inspect the plants and clean the area then also, but I'm concerned about a lack of water. My larger pots will be fine, they can go a week if necessary. I have two Phrag. besseaes and a Jason Fischer that I think I should leave in a bit of water though, not enough to go stagnant, just to last a few extra days. They have had a tendancy to wilt if not watered every 2-3 days, however, they are not usually left in water, so I don't know how this would affect them if they are not used to it, maybe well? maybe not?

    I also have three very small seedlings in just 2" pots which dry out terribly fast and I am concerned about them lasting the week. They are Paphs. stonei, platyphyllum, and vietnamense. No clue what to do about those three.

    Can anyone shed any light on the best way to handle this, and what I may wish to do differently?

    Thanks very much. This is a bit of a test, both for me and the plants as I'll be away 3 (THREE damnit!!! Not happy!) weeks in February. I have two people lined up to water though for that duration. If anyone would be willing to be an emergency contact during that period, please let me know.

    None of this was my idea, I'm unbelievable terrified about both trips.

    Thank you in advance! I really appreciate it!

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    sit the rapidly-drying pots in water. not ideal but beats dessication. I have been forced to do that with some of my small clay pots. back when I had more than one day off at a time.

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    Hmm, what you said about clay pots made me think about keeping masdies cool. I wonder if packing a little moist sphag on top of the regular mix on those three baby paphs would keep them from drying out so quickly and be preferable to sitting them in water. What do you think? I'm a little nervous to keep them TOO wet.

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    Just group the Paphs together in a larger pot and pile moss over and around the pots. The Phrag should be able to sit in water without a problem. Most people actually grow them that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dosal
    Just group the Paphs together in a larger pot and pile moss over and around the pots. The Phrag should be able to sit in water without a problem. Most people actually grow them that way.
    Thanks, I feel better treating the Paphs that way, not comfortable with actually sitting the pots in water, but I don't worry about the Phrags, they'll be fine.

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    You might also try turning the fans off while you're gone. The air movement speeds up evaporation, and 1 fanless week shouldn't cause any problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lja
    You might also try turning the fans off while you're gone. The air movement speeds up evaporation, and 1 fanless week shouldn't cause any problems.
    Hmm, it is winter, and the humidifier will be off, so I bet if I get watering done and dry off any leaves that get wet, it would be okay without the fans, or maybe I'll only run one. I only have two 6" fans above at this time of year. Thanks for the suggestions!

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    I don't run the fans anymore at all. Not with my 25-40% windowsill humidity. Otherwise it would just dessicate everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmoney
    I don't run the fans anymore at all. Not with my 25-40% windowsill humidity. Otherwise it would just dessicate everything.
    Excellent! I'm so glad I asked, you've all been very helpful and I am feeling more at ease.

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