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Lets get one thing straight: MISTING

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    I am beginning to think I am wasting my time misting, but my plants are happy to be in humidity higher than 22% and misting does raise the humidity in the area for while at least.

    Here in Denver metro area, we are often in the 5-10% humidity range. I figure any raise in humidity is OK. My plants dry in a matter of 10 minutes after I do mist, unless I am misting the spag moss on my mounted orchids. That of course takes longer to dry.

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    I stay regular with my watering but with the natural humidity in FL, Never saw a reason for it.

    ---------- Post Merged at 11:29 AM ----------

    It's called cracking a window (for the indoors)

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    Here on the Sun Coast I never need to mist...however, I move all the orchids out onto the lanai so that when my mist system kicks on, they get their leaves washed off. Mites love dust. To prevent crown rot on the 30 or so phals, I go out immediately afterwards and shake the excess water off the leaves and dab a paper towel into each crown to soak up excess water. Maybe that's why I have carpel tunnel syndrome...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78Terp View Post
    I am beginning to think I am wasting my time misting, but my plants are happy to be in humidity higher than 22% and misting does raise the humidity in the area for while at least.

    Here in Denver metro area, we are often in the 5-10% humidity range. I figure any raise in humidity is OK. My plants dry in a matter of 10 minutes after I do mist, unless I am misting the spag moss on my mounted orchids. That of course takes longer to dry.
    Misting Harvey increases the (RH), Humidity by at least 5% to 10% depending on if it's a windy day or not. Here in Southern New Mexico our RH is also often in the 5% to 10% range. I mist the Vanda roots and tropical bushes in back of/underneath the Vandas only. This humidity increse can last a few hours. Still Harvey when your ready a good humidifier might be a better solution to keep your orchids happy. I at least can get my green house floor wet as long as I don't flood the place, so I'm talking a lot of water I'm misting in the air. I ahave three humidifiers going 24/7 at all times in a 8 foot by 14 foot green house and I feel that a automatic misting system would be a great idea besides! AL

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    In my new 4'x4' grow area, the flood pan allows the humidity to get to 30-40%. The real low humidity is outside of that area. So my living room display areas and around those windows are the driest locations. This is where I mist most. I will keep an open mind about getting a humidifier.

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    cattan said:'Our growing conditions here are completely different. We grow outdoors 24/7 under 50-70% shade, the relative humidity is almost always above 80%, rainfall 100-120 inches a year. I sometimes mist 3 times a day during the dry season( Dec-Feb/Mac with humidity still in the 60s ). Misting for us is more to bring down the temperatures 2-4 deg as humidity is always high'

    I have almost the same situation as cattan. So I never mist my orchids. Besides, I grow them over the veggies, so whenever I water the veggies, it gives the right humidity to the orchids.Name:  20131115_110819.jpg
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    Personally i think the question of whether to mist or not to mist depends entirely on the environment of your growing area, if you live in a humid place you won't need it but in a dry place you might need it and is beneficial for the plants.
    I mist my plants and spray the benches on a hot and dry sunny day early in the morning and at noon and i found it tobe beneficial for the plants. Our drier months is from Feb- April, where the day time temp is high and humidity is very low, and during these months i mist them regularly.
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    Misting can be very effective if done properly. Using a hand mister probably helps the grower more than the plant, but I have seen dramatic success using an ultrasonic humidifier directed towards the orchids. Another method that holds promise are humidity trays. Just having water in a tray below your orchids is pretty ineffective, but if you keep pea-sized gravel in the tray with water about halfway up the gravel, the surface that is exposed to air is increased at least 400%. This is enough to make a difference. Combining the two can result in orchids producing quite a few aerial roots and healthier leaves. This produces the most dramatic effect when winter heating can easily lower the humidity in a house to 10% unless steps are taken.

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    I have lots of green tipped roots on many of my orchids. My first grocery store oncidiums (they are what got me going on orchids) all have new growths on them. Most of my grocery store phals are adding leaves. So, IMHO, with all my months of orchid growing experience, things are good right now.

    And I do hand-mist several times a days when I am home.

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    I mist my mounted plants nearly every time I'm in the room with them. Since they are in the bathroom, they get it several times a day.

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