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Jul 31, 2015 10:26 AM CST
Name: david sevitt
jerusalem israel
it is written in a book that one option to keep a plant in humid conditions is to put a plant pot inside a bigger plant pot ant to put peat between them.
can i change the peat with something else?
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Jul 31, 2015 1:22 PM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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I would imagine anything that holds water would work, even plain dirt.
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Jul 31, 2015 3:51 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Organic material is best, David. Some of your compost would work. Anything that is made out of cellulose fibers, as all plants are, acts like a sponge, absorbing water, then releasing it slowly. That is why you need to amend poor sandy or clay soil with compost, because the little cellulose fibers expand with moisture, then contract to leave air holes in the soil.

But if you have unglazed clay or terra cotta pots, they also absorb water, and release it slowly. They have a cooling effect on the plants' roots and the air around them, too. So placing a clay pot in a shallow pan of water, then placing another plant pot inside it will surely keep that plant cooler and more humidified.
Elaine

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Jul 31, 2015 6:16 PM CST
Name: david sevitt
jerusalem israel
drdawg said:I would imagine anything that holds water would work, even plain dirt.

tank you
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Jul 31, 2015 6:17 PM CST
Name: david sevitt
jerusalem israel
dyzzypyxxy said:Organic material is best, David. Some of your compost would work. Anything that is made out of cellulose fibers, as all plants are, acts like a sponge, absorbing water, then releasing it slowly. That is why you need to amend poor sandy or clay soil with compost, because the little cellulose fibers expand with moisture, then contract to leave air holes in the soil.

But if you have unglazed clay or terra cotta pots, they also absorb water, and release it slowly. They have a cooling effect on the plants' roots and the air around them, too. So placing a clay pot in a shallow pan of water, then placing another plant pot inside it will surely keep that plant cooler and more humidified.


if my planter is of plastic then is it the same?it wotks only upwards
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Jul 31, 2015 6:19 PM CST
Name: david sevitt
jerusalem israel
davidsevit said:

if my planter is of plastic then is it the same?it works only upwards
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Jul 31, 2015 7:06 PM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Bromeliad Vegetable Grower Region: United States of America Tropicals Plumerias Orchids
Region: Mississippi Master Gardener: Mississippi Hummingbirder Cat Lover Composter Seller of Garden Stuff
David, using two plastic pots is sort of like having a double-panned window unit.
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Jul 31, 2015 9:43 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Herbs Region: Florida Vegetable Grower Daylilies Birds Cat Lover
You really need evaporation to help with cooling and humidity around the plant. Plastic pots don't allow the water to evaporate around the roots, which can be good if the plant doesn't mind hot roots, but if you want to cool and humidify the area around your plants you need something that 'breathes'.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
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Aug 1, 2015 1:26 AM CST
Name: david sevitt
jerusalem israel
drdawg said:David, using two plastic pots is sort of like have a double-panned window unit.


i got it thank you
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Aug 1, 2015 1:29 AM CST
Name: david sevitt
jerusalem israel
dyzzypyxxy said:You really need evaporation to help with cooling and humidity around the plant. Plastic pots don't allow the water to evaporate around the roots, which can be good if the plant doesn't mind hot roots, but if you want to cool and humidify the area around your plants you need something that 'breathes'.


thanks....should i try sawdust?with breathing pots....clay pots are very popular around here......now i understand there importance.
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