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Orchids and carbon monoxide

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    Default Orchids and carbon monoxide

    Im nervous because our landlords are coming to use a Compactor in the basement to compress dirt, yes dirt... our house is over 100 years old (live in new england)...but they will be pouring cement soon, but first need to use this gas powered machine, and we arnt allowed to be in the house while this machine is running because of carbon monoxide leaking, and im very worried about my orchids, i dont have any safe place to put them...i could check in the back yard but we get a lot of sunlight...i am worried this gas is going to hurt my plants that are all growing roots/leaves...and my new regular sized cattleya has a flower inside a sheath going to open any time.....what would you do? ill be gone from the house for awhile!

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    Carbon monoxide is very bad for human respiration as it binds hard to the oxygen transporting protein in your blod. (Carbon dioxide do not bind) This mean that low concentrations of carbon monooxide can be lethal. For orchids there should be no problem at low concentration.

    Remember that Carbon monoxide is produced in a combustion engine that runs bad, normaly they produce carbon dioxide if they work properly! The machine do probably run on natural gas and not carbon monoxide. (Never heard of an engine that runs on carbon monoxide)

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    luckily, they didnt run the machine, they are trying to find a safer way...so I didnt have to worry about getting the plants out.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidbaby View Post
    luckily, they didnt run the machine, they are trying to find a safer way...so I didnt have to worry about getting the plants out.....
    Thank goodness. That just sounded awful.

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