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Humidifier(s)

This is a discussion on Humidifier(s) within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; 45-50% in the winter is just fine for my plants, if they don't like it, ...

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    45-50% in the winter is just fine for my plants, if they don't like it, out they go but no complaints from them! It's my house, so do as I say. LOL!!! I have about 200 or so. Had about 300+ at one time but got rid of some I didn't like and now I need the space for my slipper species.

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    I only have 33. So, I have a ways to go. But I only started growing in November! Lol!

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    My humidity is god-awful most of the year. In winter it is 40% *at best*, usually 20-25% even with the heater *off*. In the summer, it alternates between hot & humid, and cooler and dry. I figure that the biggest difference between my barren but bright windowsill and a greenhouse is that humidity. I'm happy if it ever gets to 50%.

    I think 65% with air movement would suffice for any grow room, but if you have a separate enclosure (i.e. not a house), pushing the bar up to 75 or 80 would simulate a greenhouse nicely, assuming you had the light.

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    Last winter (I live in NY) I had a humidifier put right onto my water heating tank, so now my house always has 60% humidity. My orchids have been very happy since, and my house doesn't have algae growing off the walls.

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    Originally posted by Heather
    Peter, I am surprised you don't have additional humidity. Do you know what the average humidity in your grow room usually is? In the wintertime mine runs rather dry so I am toying w/ getting a humidifyer when the heat comes back on. Thanks!

    Welcome Forrest!
    I had one installed last winter on the heater tank (whatever it is called.... my house was SOOOOO dry) now the humidity is always at 60%. Just enough to keep my plants ( and my skin) happy but not so much there is green guck growing on the walls. Best $200 bucks I ever spent.

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    Traci, that is really cool! I had no idea you could do that. Not a bad price either, really. I rent now so not an option for me, but good thing to know for the future. Thanks!

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    Heather, I rent too. The unit I am talking about costs 40 bucks and is portable. Very doable by renters imo.

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    Hi Forrest,

    I keep humidifers running all the time. I consider them a "must have". I've tried the trays and it just didn't see to keep the 'chids happy. And I grow variety of different orchids. I vote pro humidifer.

    Lisa

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    Just don't go overboard! With more humidity, you'll need a lot more air movement around the plants to keep diseases at bay...

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    Originally posted by lja
    Just don't go overboard! With more humidity, you'll need a lot more air movement around the plants to keep diseases at bay...
    You're so right about that!

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