Botanic and zoological collections
- scientific as well as private ones - are very seldom so uniform in their needs that
the same culture-parameters can be applied on large areas !
Therefore we are convinced that our
fogging plants usually cannot replace manual watering
of plants !
Exotic animals - for instance reptiles
or amphibians - which cannot stand normal room climate will be kept usually in terrariums
where a fitting micro-climate has to be created;
this micro-climate can be maintained
very well by means of a fogging system
The main benefit of a fogging plant is maintaining
a desired climate profile with a priority on Relative Humidity - which can lengthen
the time-intervals needed for manual watering considerably.
Remarks to some Plant Families :
Bromelias, Tillandsias :
grey and "furry" Tillandsias
need only low levels of humidity (however with excellent water quality) and will be content
with a regular fogging which wets them thoroughly with a following drying-off period.
Therefore this type of Tillandsias can be tended over extended periods with a fogging
system when other parameters like fresh air and air circulation are observed.
green Tillandsias and Bromelias usually
need more water and humidity as the above mentioned. Bromelias are usually totally satisfied
with regular fogging, as long as their water reservoir in their center is being replenished.
Therefore they can be tended over extended periods with a fogging system alone as the
Nepenthes and other tropical Carnivores :
Many tropical Nepenthes (and other Carnivores)
need very high humidity values - this can be provided very successfully with a fogging
system over extended periods
Culture hints for Carnivores make only sense
in the context of the climate on their natural sites; for instance there are Nepenthes
species occurring in the vicinity of Mt. Kinabalu [Borneo] from sea level to more than
3.000 m elevation with matching temperature- und climate parameters. Hybrids are another
topic - they have to be observed carefully as to what climate they need to thrive.
see also "Carnivorous Plants of the Tropics"
Epiphytic Orchids :
Epiphytic Orchids from tropical and subtropical
latitudes are occurring almost all climatic zones available in these areas - from cold
cloud forests to very dry cactus-areas; therefore only very general hints can be given.
The basis need of almost all epiphytic orchids
- a relative high air humidity - can be easily provided with a fogging system.
In any case the additional watering has to
be considered carefully; the so called Watering Option can there be of help.
Epiphytic Orchids are adapted to regular heavy rainfalls which wet their root thoroughly.
This effect can be provided with a fogging system only with setbacks - therefore additional
hand watering has to be considered.
However the frequency of hand watering can
be drastically reduced by maintaining a high Relative Humidity with a fogging system,
which can reduce many problems if you are away on vacation....
Epiphytic Cacti :
Epiphytic Cacti can be cultivated in the
context of epiphytic orchids and are often not as sensitive as some orchid species...
As an example the genus Rhipsalis is mentioned =>
On their original locations (deserts and
semi-deserts) natural fog is often the sole source of moisture for this plants.
However we do not advise to use our fogging
technology as a moisture source for xerophytic cacti in a greenhouse; therefore fogging
systems should not be considered as a primary application method for fogging systems.