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Cloudy cold weather

This is a discussion on Cloudy cold weather within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I decided to ask what more experienced growers do. I'm having a situation which I ...

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    Default Cloudy cold weather

    I decided to ask what more experienced growers do. I'm having a situation which I don't face very often. About the time when it was time to water everybody, we settled into this unusual cold and cloudy weather pattern. Days have been dark; house is 60-65 degrees--heat is on and we've been using the fireplace a lot. I am a windowsill grower and have no supplemental lighting.

    I know the orchids are dry, but the weather forecast says this weather will continue for another 3 or 4 days.

    My question is: under these conditions would you water your plants and let them sit damp and chilly for several days, or would you let them go a few more days without being watered? (I'm am currently doing the latter--but not confident about it.)

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    I would water them, with the heat on and the fireplace going, they are probably getting pretty dry. I might water a little less, but not much. What are the night temps - the same? Because here in winter I let the house cool off quite a bit (electricity is too expensive) so the heat comes on at 6 am for 20 mins. to get the house up to 68. Then it is off all day and the house drops into the low 60s. Then heat to 68 from 6 pm to 9 pm, then off and drops to low 60s overnight. My 'chids have always survived.

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    Water them, for sure! A fireplace will suck all humidity out of a room, so replace those filters and start up the humidifiers. And definitely keep a fan going.

    Fungus and rot can largely be prevented with good air movement. If you have to water on dark days, or later in the day, keep a fan going. It will do more to dry off the excess damp that can cause rot, than any other single thing. If a fan during the day is too cold, then run it all night when you're not in the room.

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    Oh, yea. Water them. We water in the GH when it is down to almost 55 degrees (we just use luke warm water). The heater will dry them off.

    Cheers!
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