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This is a discussion on Phalaenopsis challenging me to a battle of wits (and winning...) within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Originally Posted by Teena By the way, my ficus had a lot of leaf drop ...
About the temperature, I should have been a bit more clear. I live in an old building with gas heating, I cannot leave it on overnight, even in the dead of winter. We have to rely on a wonderful down comforter to keep us and the kittens warm (and a ton of little hidey holes that are insulated), and the heat retention of the inner walls, which is all the plants get. This is why I had to bag my ficus this past winter, it was like -10 in the apartment overnight... The orchids didnt seem to mind, but better to know what their lowest tolerance is in case this winter is worse like the weathermen are predicting.
Lesson from an AOS judge: if you want more humidity for your plants, place them closer together. It was his opinion that humidity trays did almost nothing in an open room.