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My house smells like a bog!

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    Unhappy My house smells like a bog!

    I am growing my orchids on a large bay window. I have about 25 orchids. My house now smells like a bog. Short of getting rid of the orchids does anyone have suggestions? My house is cool and the humidity has become high. There is no mold.

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    If you can afford it you might try keeping it at 65 degrees F. or more. I know Newport and many of my friends had dehumidifers going, especially in the wet, damp winters. You could also get if you don't already have it a good humidity gauge and if its plus 80% a dehumidifer going at least part time would be a good idea. This solution might be better than using more heat (Dollar wise!) to dry things out. Glad you don't have mold and in the Pacific Northwest as you know I'm sure that 'Black Mold' especially can be a real problem health wise and otherwise so please don't take any chances. Hope this info. helps! AL

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    @SAl, thanks, my humidity is about 75 shortly after watering, but stays around 68-70% most of the time. I have taken recently to watering my orchids in the sink so that the humidity trays have little or no water in them since the atmospheric humidity is high and the plant expire moisture also. I have a digital temperature/ humidity device.

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    I know that smell

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    Not what i want in my house Cday

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    I think to grow in the house with enough humidity you are going to have to get use to it. I would try using a fan. It might help. I had lots of tropicals in the house under domes. I've moved most either outside or unloaded them. The dining room had actual moisture on the walls from the humidifiers and lights.

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    Best to get more air circulation going. The plants probably will love it too.

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    Thanks everyone! i have also turned on a bit more heat, and i think that may be helping some. I also have been running a fan a bit (not at the same time so hopefully it will improve.

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    A description and/or photos of your grow area as well as your indoor conditions (temperature, humidity -- just how high is "high", etc) may help greatly too. In the mean time, do as Bruce suggests -- moving air should help with the issue.

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    open the window by the orchids i have the same situation and my orchids are right beside my bed! that smell is bark decomposing and in summer can be absolutely horrid!

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