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Lets get one thing straight: MISTING

This is a discussion on Lets get one thing straight: MISTING within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Originally Posted by stateless I've heard to never mist, however last year I got a ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by stateless View Post
    I've heard to never mist, however last year I got a patio mist system that I set up for my vandas and used during summer and it seemed to work wonders, it would lower the temp a little and the vanda roots loved it, I saw an impressive difference in a few months, lots of new root growth and stonger roots. I grow outside 24/7. But to use a spray bottle forget it I would need a prosthetic finger by now.
    I can see why a patio mist system would be beneficial to Vandas, mostly because the roots are completely exposed and can actually absorb the moisture from the mist. Most orchids have their roots submerged in potting media, so all you're doing by misting them is getting the leaves wet, which can lead to fungus. But I can definitely see how it would be helpful in an outside situation where you're looking to ease the hot temps. It makes me think of walking through one of those "mist stations" you see at amusement parks in the hot summer! Aaahhhhh....

    I think it would probably be useful for mounted orchids too....although I don't grow any on mounts, it would just make sense that, because the roots are exposed, they'd benefit from being able to absorb the moisture. I think Jeff stated it well when he mentioned that, in general, it's not a good idea to mist indoor orchids. That makes sense.

    So I guess the answer to the "Mist or Not?" question depends on your growing conditions, really!

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    Nope, no misting. I just water the orchids on a regular schedule (as regular as I'm able with my schedule anyway)

    cheers,
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    In winter I mist, if I'm home, several times a day. I don't mist the actual plants but between them, next to them, under them similar to "damping down" the aisles in a greenhouse. I have a room humidifier but sometimes it lags behind when I have to run the heater in winter. Misting is a temporary fix.

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    I have a feeling the question is directed more towards hand misting, but my indoor setup is wire racks with 4 mil poly film covering it and I have a misting system that mists every three hours when the lights are on. This keeps my humidity between 60-80% while the lights are on. I have a fan running 24/7 so the leaves dry very quickly but the poly film keeps the humidity up. The difference between growth pre-misting system and after misting system is night and day.

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    I agree with Ron. I have a couple of orchids with aerial roots that I mist every other day. Otherwise I don't do it and never do I mist foilage. AL

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    i don't mist the leaves if i can help it, and only mist in the morning. mostly i just mist certain mounted plants (semi-mounted in treefern mostly) that have exposed roots. i do mist the roots of my vanda types in between their normal waterings, and my tolumnias daily, as well as a few small seedlings. and i mist around the plants to provide humidity. i have desert conditions, so misting is a must, as i have no greenhouse. otherwise, i only mist the plants when it is very hot and dry. since starting to mist every morning, some of my plants are doing much better growth-wise and flowering more often. i grow outdoors, in a city, so misting can help remove some of the city soot and dust, if done carefully.

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    I have a misting system that lowers temperature in summer and raises humidity. It is on a timer that goes for 5 seconds every 5 minutes, with a cut out solenoid of 70% relative humidity in daylight hours. It turns off at night.

    My plants live at around 50-60% while this is on.

    This year I have had crazy growth since the installation. That added to a fertilizer trial which has also helped. Crazy growth is 2 leads from a single psudobulb and dens growing 40% taller and double spiking.

    The Catts have now had the humidity lowered leading into Winter and they are spiking like crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plucker View Post
    I have a misting system that lowers temperature in summer and raises humidity. It is on a timer that goes for 5 seconds every 5 minutes, with a cut out solenoid of 70% relative humidity in daylight hours. It turns off at night.

    My plants live at around 50-60% while this is on.

    This year I have had crazy growth since the installation. That added to a fertilizer trial which has also helped. Crazy growth is 2 leads from a single psudobulb and dens growing 40% taller and double spiking.

    The Catts have now had the humidity lowered leading into Winter and they are spiking like crazy.
    That sounds like a system to envy, for sure!! When I finally do get a greenhouse (somewhere, over the rainbow....) I will put in a misting system, because in that type of environment the humidity can be contained and the misting is actually effective.

    Unfortunately I don't think most of us are so lucky, and I believe the debate here is mostly for us non-greenhouse growers, who would quickly sprain limbs trying to replicate your orchids' luxury accommodations! I can just picture myself running through the house like a tweaked out chihuahua, frantically spraying plants every couple of seconds and freaking out when it was time to refill the bottle because someone would mist their misting session that round.


    Unfortunately, short of doing something that crazy, I don't think misting with a hand sprayer in my house is going to do me much good. But I will definitely refer back to this thread when I get my greenhouse!! It sounds like your orchids are living in orchid heaven (and by orchid heaven, I don't mean the place my orchids go when they die... LOL)

    I definitely envy your setup. Is something like that ridiculously expensive and involved to set up? Or is it more a matter of just hooking misters to timers? (Just planning ahead here...)

    Please share some pics of the gorgeous blooms you get when all those spiking plants finally put on their show! I imagine it will be GLORIOUS!

    Good for you!!

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    Never underestimate the therapeutic affect that misting has on the orchid.....grower that is lol. That being said I never mist

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    Hi, I like to mist for one good reason ( good, I think ) : To supplement the moisture the plant is deprived of, and the wind-factor + all the factors bundled together that we fondly call Nature and natural. I do by feel alone ...... believing that most plants like similar comforts to we humans, with the notable exceptions of plants growing at the edge of the Arctic Circle, etc. In other words to tip the scales in the plant's favor. Not to drench it as we feel; just with a bit of love and uncommon sense.

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