Winter approaching, scared of powdery mildew!
I would appreciate some ideas about how I can avoid powdery mildew this winter.
Last year a few of my plants got PM and I know fur sure it was because of the larger fluctuation of temperatures between day and night. I keep my plants in the breakfast nook/area because this is where we have lots of windows which makes this area the brightest in the house. The rest of the house really does not have enough light for AV-s neither do we have appropriate space anywhere else to place my flower stands.
Unfortunately, these windows in the breakfast area date back to the 80's so they are somewhat drafty. They have not been changed to thermopane so we have relatively poor insulation there and it can get pretty cold in the winter. We DO plan on changing the windows to the entire house but we are currently still renting so we can't do anything about it right now. We will have another winter where it gets chilly in the breakfast area, especially at night.
One of my stands (where I grow under artificial lights) sits against one window where I have placed a sheer curtain. This can help a little by keeping the cold/draft away but not much.
The other stand is a corner stand, more decorative/pretty and it sits right between two windows, in the corner of the room (I had a picture under the "what's in bloom" thread). This is where I place plants that are blooming - just for the "pretty" effect. When they are done blooming I take the plants back to the light stand - because the decorative one doesn't have lights. There is also no sheer curtain there.
I understood that it might help if I got a small fan to circulate the air. I am still, however, concerned with the fluctuation of temps we will have in this breakfast area during the winter - and I have no other place to keep the AV-s.
Moreover, I just recently wicked my plants. On the one hand, this is good for the winter because humidity will go down so you want to have water evaporating around the plants. On the other hand, if it gets chilly inside and you have temp fluctuations, all that water sitting around from the wicking might make things even worse.
Any advice would be welcome!