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Success Plan - Air Circulation

Air Circulation

Fresh Air

Fresh air and air circulation will keep your Windowfarm plants happy. Your plants need both oxygen and carbon dioxide. Oxygen provides energy and carbon dioxide (CO2) is needed for photosynthesis. Outdoors, the breeze blows fresh air full of CO2. You need to create a similar environment indoors.

Turning on a fan as well as opening a window or the door are simple solutions. A basic oscillating fan from the hardware store will circulate the air around your Windowfarm. Set the fan on low to gently move the air around your plants.

For fresh air, many rooms have enough cracks that let in fresh air. If more fresh air is needed, try opening a window.

You want the air to be moving continuously around the Windowfarm. Are the leaves on your plants moving in the breeze? That’s what you want. Also, leaves that are moving discourage pests because they can’t hold on easily.

Humidity

Air circulation also helps with humidity. Your plants are transpiring moisture into the air as they grow. However, too much humidity keeps your plants from breathing properly and may allow mold to grow. Keep the air moving!

Misting the plants regularly helps with humidity as well as keeping the leaves clean and dust free.

Optimum humidity is 50-60%. To monitor the humidity, you can buy a hygrometer from the hardware store or garden shop to check the relative humidity regularly.

On the other hand, in an overly dry room, more humidity is needed. Adding a simple humidifier from the hardware store will improve the humidity for your Windowfarm plants.

Success Plan - Compatibility of Plants and Microclimate

Compatibility

Are your plants and the microclimate compatible?

Each window has its own microclimate, its own environment. A microclimate is made up of the amount of light (both sunlight and artificial lights if needed), fresh air, temperature, and humidity. Your indoor microclimate is affected by changes in the outdoor weather, the different seasons, and varying indoor conditions. For example, the changing outdoor temperatures may be transmitted through the windows; the amount of light may change from a sunny summer to a gray cloudy winter. The changing indoor temperatures and humidity are affected by the windows being opened or closed, turning on or off the air conditioning, and increasing or decreasing the heat.

Compatible plants living in perfect harmonyHow are your plants doing? Are they sending you signals that they’re not doing too well? Maybe you want reassess the microclimate to be sure that you have taken into consideration all the elements of light, air, temperature, and humidity.

Then you might ask yourself: what are the preferred growing conditions of the different plants in one Windowfarm column?

Is it an issue of differences in how much water each plant prefers? For example, strawberries like lots of water whereas peppers prefer less water. Consequently, attempting to grow strawberries and peppers in one Windowfarm unit will be problematic. Enough water to keep the strawberries happy will overwater the peppers whereas less water that will make the peppers happy will under water the strawberries. The solution would be to plant the strawberries in one Windowfarm column/unit and the peppers in a second Windowfarm column/unit.

Is it issue of how much light – too much or not enough? Plants thrive with different amounts of light. Tomatoes love lots of light and will be happiest in a warm, light-filled window. By comparison, kale tolerates cooler temperatures and partial sun.

What are the plants’ temperature preferences? Warm? Cool? Examples of some plants that thrive in warm season temperatures include tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and herbs. Examples of some plants that prefer cooler season temperatures include lettuces, cabbage, kale, and spinach.

Are the plants compatible? Just like people, some plants don’t get along. Strawberries do not get along with some plants and in fact will impair the growth of plants in the cabbage family such as broccoli, cauliflower, and kale. In this case, these plants need to be in separate Windowfarms in order to thrive.

Consider the combination of plants growing in each Windowfarm column/unit and think about each plant’s water and light preference. Your plants will benefit from you experimenting to find what combinations of plants and what conditions will best support the plants in your system.

Vary the microclimate of light, air, temperature, watering frequency and watering quantity. Experiment and observe the results!

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