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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; Hello, cool site. Seems like a friendly bunch. I grow indoors under lights. Currently I ...

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    Hello, cool site. Seems like a friendly bunch.

    I grow indoors under lights. Currently I have my plant stand in the bedroom. My collection has long since outgrown this arraignment.

    I am going to move my collection into a "shed". I have insulated and sheetrocked the shed. My thoughts were that I would put in a window type ac unit to keep my temps appropriate, and I will use a metal halide 400w light. That just leaves humidity, which is my current achilles heel. I was thinking of using something like this humidifier

    http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS...ifier-CT-na-CL

    Anyone tried anything like this? Can anyone make any recomendations along these lines? I dont want to run water out to the shed, so it would need to be something portable like this one.

    Thanks!

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    I have been growing mainly slipper orchids indoors under HPS systems for many years and I have never ever used a humidifier and my plants are doing great without one.

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    for some reason I am not able to post the entire link. It is basically a little unit that will hold 4 gallons of water and you set the humidity level you want and it will hold it at that.

    Paphraguy- I seem to do pretty well with my slippers as well. I recently have added Bulbos and Pleuros to my completely obssessed with list and have been having some problems with bud blast. It has been quite dissapointing. I have 2 new draculas that have been producing spike after spike, but I cant get it to stop blasting, same with a little Scaphosepalum I got from Andys a while back. The Bulbos are opening but ones like longissimum are shriveling at the tips of the flowers.

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    I do grow other genera as well like Dends, Brassia, Brassavola, Masd., Angraecum and one Bulbo (seedling), no problem with them either. Well, hopefully a Bulbo/Pleuro expert can chime in!
    Good luck and happy growing!

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    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!

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    Heather, in the winter, the average humidity in the grow room is anywhere between 45-50%. Remember, I have many more plants than you do, so that actually helps.

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    Ok, thanks Pete. I was able to keep it about the same this last winter, so that is good to know. In the summer it is not a problem, though today it is pretty dry actually.

    True you do have many more, but I am catching up!

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    Originally posted by Heather
    Ok, thanks Pete. I was able to keep it about the same this last winter, so that is good to know. In the summer it is not a problem, though today it is pretty dry actually.

    True you do have many more, but I am catching up!
    You have been buying plants left and right and at that rate I wouldn't be surprised if your collection grew bigger than mine!

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    Oh, come on, I'm not an addict. I'm not. Really, I'm not....really!


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    45-50! That is really low. My current setup maintains a good 55-60 and is way to low. I want to maintain at least 70 put prefer to be around 80.

    How many plants do you have?

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