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Misting Leaves: How necessary is this really?

This is a discussion on Misting Leaves: How necessary is this really? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Within the last year, I have picked up this new hobby of growing Phals, ever ...

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    Within the last year, I have picked up this new hobby of growing Phals, ever since someone I was dating gave me one as a gift (I killed that first one, how symbolic!). So now I have 4 potted Phals, which are doing pretty well after much research on my part. One big problem I have is with the whole question about misting my plants. There is so much conflicting information regarding this. I have watched droplets of water run down the leaves of my Phals and rather than sitting in a pool where the leaves connect to the stem, this water seems to seep into the crown of the plant right away. No time to dap it out with a cotton swab or whatever. I am frustrated with how tediousness of trying to mist my plants while at the same time trying to prevent water damage and the resulting rot. I keep my apartment very humid (70%) at all times. If I just skip this step, will it really do my plant any harm? I have been for a couple months now and the leaves look fine.

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    If your humidity is 70% I would not mist my plants. I don't mist at all unless it gets really hot in the summer and my plants do great. I grow mostly Phals too.

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    If you are worried about rot I would suggest either skipping the misting altogether or misting the roots only.

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    I would skip the misting if you have 70% humidity. That should be plenty to keep your orchids healthy. Just keep an eye on the medium and remember to water just before the phals dry completely out.

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    I never recommend misting, unless it's for keeping plants cool. That type of misting should evaporate in a few minutes.

    I can't see any benefit at all to it. There are a lot of bad things that can happen. As you noticed the water can rundown the leaves into the crown and rot the plant - a fatal error. In addition, if there is a crack in the leaf, water can seep in and start a bacterial rot.

    70% humidity? That's really high. Does it ever thunderstorm in your kitchen?

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    Thanks everyone for that feedback- and you all seem to agree which is even better. I assume that fertilizing my Phals would be the same proceedure in 70% humidity - Roots only.
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    Doug, I use timed release fertilizer pellots at the rate of 1/4 teaspoon per pot every 3 or 4 months. Then I don't worry about fertilizing when I water.

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    I agree with the above. I went through a phase where I misted my phals...I gave that up after I killed a couple. The only plants I mist now are my vanda types. They are totally in love with being misted.

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    My apartment is pretty dry, so I do mist my plants every now and then between waterings, but aim for the roots and the surface of the planting medium, never the crowns. I have never had any problems from doing this and my plants generally do great. I also keep the air moving around my plants, which keeps rot, fungus and bacteria problems down.

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    I'm also in Colorado, but the humidity in my house is NO WHERE near 70% (I have some plants that would be happier with you!!) and I don't mist my phals either.

    I use an MSU type fertilizer at quarter strenght following the fertilize weakly weekly idea. I have also in the past added Epsom salt to my phals- is it a tsp/gallon? for the magnisium sulfate.

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