How do I make my own humidity tray?
Humidity is essential to healthy orchids – as explained in my post on Humidity and Orchids. I recommend these humidity trays from rePotme if you were to buy them. I have two stands already but since my orchid collection has expanded I wanted to save some money by making my own humidity trays. It’s easy and actually quite pretty.
Here is what you will need;
1. A bucket of rocks. You can use beach or river rocks, basically any rock you find aesthetically pleasing.
2. Find the right platter or tray. You can use literally anything that will hold water (Tupperware/saucer/ice-cube tray) and is large enough to hold the base of your orchid pot.
Put it all together… Easy as 1-2-3
1. Clean the rocks with hot water. Place them level in the platters/trays (rocks work well in trays because they are sturdy enough to hold your plant up while allowing water to pool in your tray).
2. Fill with water to just below the tops of the stones. Remember that YOU DO NOT want your orchids to be wet at their roots (as explained in the link/post on rot, orchid roots will rot and die placed in standing water).
3. Place your orchids on top of rocks…not touching the water.
And Your Done!
Note: Make sure the water in your tray is regularly filled up. Check more frequently in the summer because the water will evaporate quicker.
Hope that Helps,
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