Humidity Rising? How to Dry Up!

Humidity Rising? How to Dry Up!

Ian
Ian
17 Aug 2018

Plants love a high humidity (most of the time). BUT too much of a good thing is bad.

If there’s too much moisture in the air:

  • Plants don’t transpire as much
  • Nutrient uptake and translocation is slower
  • Growth and flowering are stunted
  • Bud rot (botrytis) can take hold…especially in flowering

So, you need to make sure your humidity doesn’t climb too high.

The problem is, plants are like little humidifiers - they transpire all the time. This is where they lose water through their leaves.

Unless you remove it, this moisture will increase the humidity in your grow room air. In flowering, when buds have formed, and mould is a threat, this is even more of an issue.

Generally, the best humidity to aim for is:

  • 70% - 80% (propagation)
  • 50% - 80% (vegetative growth)
  • 40% - 60% (flowering)

Is your humidity creeping up? Here’s what to do!

1) Extract Enough Air

This is one of the easiest steps to take. Just remember that extracting more air also impacts your grow room temperature. Some fans make a fair bit of noise at higher speeds, too.

2) Use a Dehumidifier

To remove lots of moisture quickly, grab a dehumidifier.

Which Range?

We recommend the Quest Portable and Quest Overhead range. They remove up to 75L a day, and produce RO water that you can reuse. 

Running costs are incredibly low (in terms of litres / kW). 

Quest Overhead Quest Overhead

Quest Overhead

Save floor space - your humidifier's fixed to the top of your tent. 

Quest Overhead Quest Overhead

Quest Portable

Move it from room to room – this thing is light and comes on wheels. 

How to Size Up

Plants shouldn’t transpire any more water than they’re using. So the amount of water used in 24 hours is what you need to remove.

Step 1

How much did you fill your reservoir with?

Step 2

24 hours later, how much is left?

Step 3

Subtract the amount left from the amount you originally had. That's how much plants have used.

[original amount in tank] - [amount still in tank] = [amount of moisture to remove a day] 

If you have a 100L tank, and 24 hours later, it’s 80 litres, plants have used 20 litres. A Quest 70 is ideal.

 
  Removes
Dessicant Dehumidifier up to 10L per day
Quest Overhead 70 up to 26L per day
Quest Portable 74 up to 36L per day
Quest Portable 114 up to 55L per day
Quest Overhead 155 up to 75L per day


Don’t forget to aim for a lower humidity when it’s cooler.

The cooler your temperature, the lower your humidity needs to be for healthy transpiration.

There’s a handy table here, showing what humidity to aim for, based on your temperature. 


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Ian
Ian
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Ian's our Sheffield shop manager. He loves tinkering in the greenhouse. Drop by to see what he's growing.

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