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Misting Orchids

This is a discussion on Misting Orchids within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; As many of you may know, I grow my chids in a G/H..... well, maybe ...

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    As many of you may know, I grow my chids in a G/H..... well, maybe not! There have been many postings about how each of cope with the requirements of our plants when we will be away from the day-to-day care. Some of you have installed a misting system while others may use some type of drip system. and still others have orchid savvy friends who will come tend to the little darlings in our absence. I appreciate that the length of time away dictates what needs must be met.

    My question is this: For those of you who have misting systems that are being used to maintain humidity and "water" the chids, how do you handle misting during the winter months and the damage that might/does happen when water accumulates in the crown of the plant or on the flowers leaving behind nasty brown spots? Or, in most of your experiences, this has not been an issue?

    The reason I have posted this question is obvious. It has always been a problem for me when I go away. I know, there are some that can't wait for me to be out of town.... but I have my anti-theft devices well maintained!!!!!!! So does a misting system help "water" the chids so they don't look as though they are on death's doorstep when I return home or am I asking for problems of other sorts and not achieve my end result??????

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    Good question, and as I'm about to set up a misting unit myself, i'll be watching this post.

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    I don't have a misting system so I don't have any first hand experience, but i'd be very reluctant to mist anything in the winter, unless it was just the floors to keep the humidity up.

    If all you're going away for is a couple of weeks, I don't think you need to worry. Even a string of several, bright, sunny days won't be enough to desicate any orchids at this time of year.

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    Though far from an expert on anything to do with orchids in the past when I am going to be away for an extended period Of time I water heavy before leaving and hope for the best. So far this has worked with only a few orchids on windowsills. Now that I have moved my orchids to the basement and have 100 I am a little more concerned. January we are going on a two week cruise and I plan to do the same with the watering and hope for the best. I am more concerned about the temps. Presently it stays 60 to 65. We have a house /pet sitter but don't want to freak her out with orchid care. Kennel fees for two dogs is much higher than replacing a couple orchids. LOL Bill

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    My 'chids are living in my basement for the winter, too. When I know I will be gone (so far 10 days has been the limit) I put several plants in tinfoil cake pans under the lights. Only the orchids in SH don't get paned. Then I can pour an inch of water in the bottom of each pan and know they won't dry out while I'm gone. Rot hasn't popped it's ugly head up yet, though that might happen if they set too long in water. I don't have any drip irrigation or misting system se up. I bet the finches flying aroung the shelves of orchids would love that!

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    One of my neighbors goes away for weeks at a time. He has a drip irrigation system and swears by it. Maybe someday I can talk him into sharing pictures of his set up with us and explaining how he did it all. He's got a timer set up for it and the whole system cost under $100.

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    I grow in a greenhouse and in winter my fogger and misting goes off until spring when the humidity starts to become low again .In winter in the UK i find the humidity is high without any misting/fogging ,i need to try and get it lower in winter than increase .
    And i would get a orchid friend to pop in once a week if i was away for any long period.

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    In my greenhouse if the sun is supposed to shine I mist. The heater is very drying. I only directly mist the vanda types and mounted plants. The others get what falls.

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