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Post  Todd Ellis on Sun Dec 26, 2010 2:31 pm

I was reading a recent post for a willow leaf fig and Iris suggested putting a plastic bag over the tree for humidity. Would members please share, here, how they do this? I have a Serissa and a Sageritia that are struggling and I think extra humidity might help, but I know constant watering is not the answere (rot potential). Thank you for your help.
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Post  Guest on Sun Dec 26, 2010 2:52 pm

Dear Todd Ellis

I send you a photo of how I do...It is important to keep it airtight and watertight ( in the bottom). I have my ficustrees in a southwindow, They love it when the sun shines, here in the winter.

Kind regards Yvonne

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Post  Todd Ellis on Sun Dec 26, 2010 3:20 pm

Wow, they look lush!
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Post  DreadyKGB on Sun Dec 26, 2010 4:04 pm

Todd,
I used wire coat hangers to build a frame and then wrapped it in a couple of layers of household plastic wrap. This seems to work well and keeps the leaves from touching the plastic, which can cause mold on the leaves. I will post a pic later.

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Post  Guest on Sun Dec 26, 2010 6:15 pm

Dear Todd Ellis

Yes, together with the watertrays are they are living in paradise....

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Post  Ryan on Mon Dec 27, 2010 2:49 am

Or, do what I do. Use an aquarium. Works amazingly.


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Post  RichLewis on Mon Dec 27, 2010 11:54 pm

Ryan, do you use aquarium tubes for lighting?

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Post  Ryan on Tue Dec 28, 2010 12:58 am

RichLewis wrote:Ryan, do you use aquarium tubes for lighting?

Cheers

I use just a regular fish tank light with T-12 light bulbs. One cool and one warm. There is a built in reflector on the hood to help concentrate the light. I couldn't find a regular shop light with a reflector, so I just used an old one I had lying around from fish tanks from the past.

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Post  Guest on Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:38 am

Hey Todd,

I also use old fish tanks, this is one I crrently have a big layer in. The layer is a multitrunk Callery pear 6.5" total dia, it caloused but would not root on the mother tree, now on its own, so far looking good.

I have sometimes used a tank with shadecloth over to house minis if i am going to be away for a few days, can give rise to mould issues if your away too long but good for the plants not drying out.

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Post  RichLewis on Wed Dec 29, 2010 1:09 pm

Ryan wrote:
RichLewis wrote:Ryan, do you use aquarium tubes for lighting?

Cheers

I use just a regular fish tank light with T-12 light bulbs. One cool and one warm. There is a built in reflector on the hood to help concentrate the light. I couldn't find a regular shop light with a reflector, so I just used an old one I had lying around from fish tanks from the past.

Ah ok, that's pretty straightforward. I too have assorted odds and ends lying around from past fishkeeping days, the pre-bonsai era, will have a chance to put it back into commission!

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Post  Todd Ellis on Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:37 pm

The fish tank seems like a good way to go; more durable and maybe I could keep a few frogs over the Winter Very Happy
I always seem to have a tank around and providing constant humidity should work with the gravel bottom; making usre not to let the trees sit in water.
I appreciate everyone's input - you rock!!! Bagpiper thumbs up

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