>>I hear suggestions of misting plants and ask myself, who has time to do this with enough frequency and duration to make a difference
The sun has been a pretty constant companion of trees throughout their history.
Last I checked they mostly compete for more of it by growing up.
"Frequent misting" and other walking-on-eggshells superstitions.
Ok. Sure. Large scale bonsai nurseries have time for that nonsense. And their stock lives just fine til dumbasses get their hands on things with weird meme horticulture habits.
Gosh those are some interesting posts about my comments on misting.
Interesting, yet I have to agree to disagree to these folks on misting.
Actually I have time to mist and it works really well. Yet I’m one of the lucky ones who are finally retired, similar to at least 25% of the folks working bonsai in our local club.
I use a handheld Dramm mister and can mist all over 100 developmental trees here in less then 8 minutes. I do this twice a day on hot days, less on others, none on some. Late morning and midafternoon, especially to the Redwoods, Hinoki and the Satsuki.
Since this is the PacNW our conditions are different from many others. Maybe I wouldn’t do it if I still lived in Illinois or Michigan where I camped many summers… with high humidity, high temperatures and about 14 inches of rain evenly spread throughout the summer.. Thats not the case out here, low humidity, more moderate temps (except for the Big Heat and Big Smoke!) and drought is the rule through the summer, with about 3” of rain. I know NE Oregon is even worse, in the rain shadow and high elevation. I’ve been there many times. Also my yard is fairly protected from the prevailing winds, many days I can go out in the yard a hour later and still see water drops on the foliage unless the weather is unseasonably warm.
Now I have never done an experimental study in the effectiveness of misting in my backyard vs not, but my trees are very healthy unless I bother them with too much rootwork or add too much fertilizer. I would, however, love to see some experimental data to show the effectiveness of misting in in the Pacific NW summer?
Anyone with an opposite opinion got some good data out there? I’d love to save the 16 - 8 minutes on days I usually mist.