Do orchids need humidity?
These are my orchids above. Orchids LOVE humidity! The natural environment of an orchid is a hot, humid and rainy jungle. In this environment orchids are naturally designed to have their leaves funnel rain and humidity down to their roots.
Because of their need for humidity, I place my orchids on humidity trays. As the water in the humidity tray evaporates it rises thereby increasing the humidity around the plant. Humidity trays allow water to collect in the base while the plant is suspended ABOVE the water, so their roots aren’t wet. Orchids do not like to have their roots and the bottom part of their pots soaking in water. Most house plants like water left in their saucers. NOT ORCHIDS, their roots will rot if this happens (check out my post on root rot) and they will die if left untreated!
Orchids also benefit from being close together because this helps to raise the humidity among the plants. Orchids love humidity and air movement. Try to have a good balance of humidity and air movement. Not too much and not too little.
If you live in a super dry house you may even want to put a small humidifier near your orchids.
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