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My DIY orchid sprinkler project has begun!

This is a discussion on My DIY orchid sprinkler project has begun! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Very nice set up. wish you lived nearby and I could find something to exchange ...

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    Very nice set up. wish you lived nearby and I could find something to exchange .
    We want to see pics. of the Onc. in the last pic. with all those spikes when the flowers open.

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    Angela, I wish I lived closer to you as well. I would certainly want a piece of that beautiful Grammatophylum you have!

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    That is a nice setup.
    Have you tested your water supply? If you have significant calcium and carbonates you should add an in-line calcium filter to your mister.
    Otherwise you will end up powder coating your plants with calcium and carbonate deposits.

    The universal ones that are made for misters usually cost around $10.00 and goes between the faucet and the feed line.

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    That big black thing on it is suppose to be a "filter" are you saying I need/should buy an additional filter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller View Post
    That big black thing on it is suppose to be a "filter" are you saying I need/should buy an additional filter?
    What is it filtering? It looks like a sediment filter which screens out larger debris from the water line.
    If you have significant dissolved mineral content in your water you will want something like this "Aero Mist 52505 Outdoor Calcium Inhibitor Filter". Your local home improvement store should carry something similar.

    However, if you do not have any significant mineral deposits in the water then you do not need it.
    The thing is that if you were watering with a garden hose or watering can, heavy mineral deposits are not obvious and not an issue because the water flow prevents the minerals from drying up on the plant's surface and you get very minimal deposits.
    With misting, each drop dries out very fast as they land on a surface so any mineral deposits dissolved in the water ends up encrusting where they land.

    Observe your plants for a few days and see if you notice any mineral deposits on the leaves.

    At my old house, dissolved minerals in the water supply were very high and without a calcium filter on my misters I would notice white powder on the leaves in just a few days.

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    I checked when read your initial reply and I did see white residue. I will go get the filter this weekend. Are those minerals a health problem or just an aesthetic problem for the orchids?



    Quote Originally Posted by wetfeet101b View Post
    What is it filtering? It looks like a sediment filter which screens out larger debris from the water line.
    If you have significant dissolved mineral content in your water you will want something like this "Aero Mist 52505 Outdoor Calcium Inhibitor Filter". Your local home improvement store should carry something similar.

    However, if you do not have any significant mineral deposits in the water then you do not need it.
    The thing is that if you were watering with a garden hose or watering can, heavy mineral deposits are not obvious and not an issue because the water flow prevents the minerals from drying up on the plant's surface and you get very minimal deposits.
    With misting, each drop dries out very fast as they land on a surface so any mineral deposits dissolved in the water ends up encrusting where they land.

    Observe your plants for a few days and see if you notice any mineral deposits on the leaves.

    At my old house, dissolved minerals in the water supply were very high and without a calcium filter on my misters I would notice white powder on the leaves in just a few days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller View Post
    I checked when read your initial reply and I did see white residue. I will go get the filter this weekend. Are those minerals a health problem or just an aesthetic problem for the orchids?
    They will eventually be a health problem once they create a thick enough coating on the leaves. They will impede photosynthesis and respiration significantly.

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