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Posted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 7:09 pm
by greg
Gidday all
I have been thinking that even though it doesn't rain much (especially at my place) but the humidity in the air is still there. Does anyone have a simple way of extracting this moisture from the air so that it can be fed to plants to keep them alive. I was thinking that if it can be a small unit thay doesn't require power then I could place it at each fruit tree and plant and keep them alive untill it rains again.
If anyone has any thoughts on this subject I would be very happy to hear from you.


Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 7:48 pm
by duane
Hey Greg

Good question.

There are dehumidifyers etc and other machines that can extract moisture from the air. ... 091856.htm

But in your case, why not use other plants.

Many plants extract moisture from the air inc plants in the Bromeliad family and the orchid family. We have many native orchids capable of this task.
Many conifers inc P.carribean and even our own She oaks.

You could experiment; get hold of spanish moss (Tillandsia) hang it in the trees; encourage mosses, ferns and other cyptograms, lichens etc and encourage greater biodiversity to create your own precipitation.

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Suggest you do a Goggle search and then experiment.

Water from air

Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 12:44 pm
by CJW
My experience is that if you can create a canopy and closely mimic a jungle environment, you will capture and recycle the moisture in the air without the need of irrigation or special devices with which to do this. As Peter advises, the plants themselves and nature will do all of the work for you.
Sit under any Casuarina tree on a hot day at the beach and it will be raining on you from the water captured and released by the foliage. If you don't believe me, try it for yourself.


Posted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 6:36 am
by Shirley Henderson
I would think a plastic canopy would capture the moisture and then it would drip. Build small structure next to your fruit trees and have it drip on the drip line or to containers that could irrigate. A slow but sure process.