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Air

            Keeping air fresh and in motion are the easiest ways to prevent many bacterial and fungal infections. If stale air is allowed to remain near orchid leaves, the chance of infection seems much greater.

Air Movement 
          We try to have a gentle breeze in the growing spaces at all times. Ceiling fans work well, or try two ordinary box fans blowing directly into opposing corners of the green room. This forces air up along the corners of the room, over the ceiling and gently and fairly evenly down onto the plants. Containers of water with cylindrical humidifier filters in them in front of the fans help increase humidity. Additionally, these water trays seem to cool the room several degrees by evaporative cooling. We use this to our advantage as necessary throughout the year. Fans run at all times. Gentle air movement is the goal. We're satisfied if flowers and flower spikes rock lazily. Air blowing directly on orchids will tend to quickly dry them requiring more frequent watering.

Air Exchange
            Air should also be exchanged in the grow area to vent stale air and admit fresh air. This is accomplished by opening a window or door when outside temperatures permit

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