Monday’s Simple Cleverness…Humidity Tray for Houseplants

Let me just start by saying that even though I love plants, including orchids, I am by no stretch of the imagination, any sort of a plant expert. I just know what has worked for me.

Here’s a bit of simple cleverness I read somewhere years ago that has helped my orchids be happy…create a  humidity tray.

This variety of orchid is the easy one to grow, I can’t remember what the name is, but I have a few of them and they really are easy to grow as long as they have the right light, and humidity, and you don’t overwater them. I bought these two at Home Depot 3 or 4 years ago and they haven’t stopped blooming.

In the sunroom where I have the orchids at “Our House” there are both North and East facing windows, and this room is a bit cooler in the winter than the rest of the house, so I’m sure that helps.

To create a personal humid ‘micro-climate’ for this pair of orchids was a simple design. I used this low, flat pottery bowl, but you could use any type of water tight tray you had around the house. I lined the bottom with some white marble chip landscape rocks. I then set the orchids on top of the layer of rocks and added a few more rocks around the planters to help hold them in place.

So now when I water the orchids, the water flows over the planting material and through the holes in the bottom of the planters and sits in the bottom layer of rocks. (I make sure that the water doesn’t come up so far as to touch the bottom of the planters, or the planting material will wick up the water, get soggy and rot the orchid roots.)

That’s it, a simple humidity tray that personally humidifies these two happy orchids.

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  1. Michele says

    Oh great idea!

    I have an orchid that is alive but won’t bloom – I think it is too chilly, and there are no drain holes in the pot – going to change it soon, thanks to your brilliant tips!


    have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Diane says

    I just purchased an orchid last week that has the most wonderful smell of grapefruit. I want to make sure it stays alive and well so your tip will come in handy. Thanks!

  3. Shari says

    Very helpful…very impressed that yours bloom all year round….haven’t been able to do this with mine! I have occasionally gotten them to rebloom. Hope to try your approach! Thanks, Shari

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