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Aerangis - holiday watering

This is a discussion on Aerangis - holiday watering within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; This is my first post, so I apologise if it is out of style. I ...

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    burtonr is offline Junior Member
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    Default Aerangis - holiday watering

    This is my first post, so I apologise if it is out of style. I am sure I will get used to it here quite quickly!
    I will be travelling for six days and was wondering what the best approach would be to managing an aerangis citrata while I am away.
    It has seven spikes, still relatively short, and I would hate to lose any. There are no buds in sight as yet.
    It is in a plastic pot, loosely packed by a mix that mainly contains small-medium bark. (I plan to change this to a clay pot once it has flowered, but I do not want to mess with the potting while it is in spike/blooming.)
    The plant normally gets a thorough watering once a week, with dilute fertiliser, but most days the air roots get misted since my conditions are a bit changeable this time of year and the humidity fluctuates quite a bit, tending towards the dry side on some days.
    My plan is to give it a really long soak before I go away and leave its pot inside a wet clay pot in a darkish place for the days I am away, to try to keep up the humidity and minimise the chances of drying out.
    Is that just silly and should I just try to get someone to pass by while I am away and give it a spritz in the meantime?
    All advice gratefully received.

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    If you can have someone simply maintain the orchid while you are away - it would be the best option. I would not leave it really wet while away. Orchids are tough, but fungus is destructive. It would probably be better to be dry than wet and dark. JMHO. Get a friend to drop by and maintain the plant the way you do if possible.


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    Many thanks for the advice. I have given it a good soak, and misted it up, and will have to see how it goes. Let's hope the "spritzer" remembers to come past and NOT to water it, just spray it. Just have to take my chances, I guess. Many thanks again.

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    I was away 9 days I put mine and oyjer mounted stuff in one of those clear plastic "shoeboxes". I did it twice. i close it. just make sure it is under a fluorescent light but not sun or it will cook. You can put a moist papertowel on the bottom. if you moist it with H2O2 you should get no fungus. This system actually promotes root growth.

    I would be weary of someone that has no experience to water your plants while away. what if he / she leaves standing water or puts water in the crown?

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    burtonr is offline Junior Member
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    Well, I came back and it was as happy as when I went. So thanks for the advice, BD. Stefpix, only saw your advice after I had left. It sounds intriguing. In the summer I will be away for longer, so if I can't get a "sitter/spritzer" I might give it a go.
    Thanks again for taking the time.
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