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Cheaper distilled water??

This is a discussion on Cheaper distilled water?? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I'm in desperate need of more moisture for the orchids already. This misting thing has ...

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    Default Cheaper distilled water??

    I'm in desperate need of more moisture for the orchids already. This misting thing has damaged my elbow and I can't pick up my coffee cup and water bottle without pain. That's not OK!
    I have a regular old humidifier - a little bedside one that's maybe a gallon or 2? I am guessing distilled water costs less than $1 at the store / gallon, but THAT cuts into coffee money and adds up.
    Can I boil it or something??
    And PS. what are the Neo hybrids that grow small and very similar to Neos?

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    Is your water particularly hard, Kirstie? I just use tap water in my humidifiers. I'd save the distilled water for my coffee.

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    hehe
    I don't think it's very hard or soft. It's pretty good I think. It's city water - is that a universal answer or do some cities have different water? I don't have a filter in my humidifier. I'm tired of trying to find the right one and paying for them.
    My husband is really looking forward to a science experiment - making a distiller in the basement... think if we get enough water, we can distill other things?? Or something? ;c)

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    You only need distilled water if you use an ultrasonic humidifier. If you have the regular heat based humidifier, tap water is fine. As for the Neo hybrids, I think one is Neostylis Lou Sneary..

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    I got 3 neo hybrids that are smaller than my regular white noe.

    Neostylis Lou Sneary
    Dawinara Charm 'blue star'
    3rd one has a long name and I forgot.

    My Lou Sneary has a new spike now, but it is still quite small. I will post a picture of them when I got home.

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    Here are my hybrids. The reference plant is my regular Furan, it is kind of big.

    1. Ascda. Blue Tahourdin x Neof. falcata (top left)
    2. Darwinara Charm 'Blue Star' (top right)
    3. Neostylis Lou Sneary 'Lea' (bottom)
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    Oh thanks for the pics! I am not tempting myself with orchid shopping much anymore, but I know I am going to be trying to get some of these and other tiny Neo hybrids...

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    Tiki, I don't understand why you need distilled water for a humidifier?????

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    Check out some of the super markets there is one here that has a big ro water machine they sells it with the jug for 39 cents a gallon .
    Tindo sometimes the water has a lot of calcium or lime that clogs things up . The ultra sonic types have an auto shut off thing that will crud up and not work to turn off the humidifier when it runs dry . Gin

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    I was also told that it would put gunk on my plants and be hard to get off. I'm trying regular water - which would be cheaper and easier for lazy me.

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