[pleurothallid-l] humidification systems

Linda Sedlacek lmg6534 at garnet.acns.fsu.edu
Thu Dec 29 13:43:38 EST 2005

Hello Tom,
            I live in balmy Florida, so humidity is not as big of an
issue for me.  Heat however is a problem.  I have noticed that I can
keep some less-than warmth-tolerant orchids alive by keeping them in
dishes of water during the summer.  My pleurothallids actually sit in
little lids of water for most of the summer.  It sounds odd, but it
works.  In the winter of course this method is discontinued.
Pleurothallids do not like to have their feet wet if it is cold outside.
(Some rotted pleurothallids in my collection will attest to this
statement.)  In the winter, it is very dry here.  So, I let them sit in
water for a few hours in the mornings.  This little trick has been
successful for the year or so that I have grown pleurothallids.  I wish
you luck with the humidity issue, it is a difficult one.
Linda Sedlacek
Tallahassee, FL
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Subject: [pleurothallid-l] humidification systems
Hello out there.  This list has been incredibly quiet lately.
I am trying to improve my growing techniques by adding some form of
humidification to one of my growing areas.  I don't have a greenhouse.
I am growing most of my things in what had once been a porch, but is now
glassed in on three sides.  This is connected to the house and is
roughly 250 square feet.  I had considered buying something that I think
was called a hermidifan, manufactured by Jaybird.  Unfortunately, they
seem to have discontinued this.  The smallest unit they now have is the
Aquafog 400.  (I think they must apply model numbers by the price!)  My
one concern about this is the potential for noise.  I have been in
greenhouses that use some of the larger units and they are very loud.
Is anyone on this list using one of these?  If so, how do you like it?
Any suggestions for other humidifying devices that might work well?  As
an alternative, I was also considering installing one of those smaller
outdoor stand alone evaporative coolers - they look something like an
air conditioning unit (I saw these on almost all the roofs of homes in
the Salt Lake City area a year or so ago.)  
Tom Bell-Games

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