Misting is where a plant such as a vegetable is sprayed with a fine mist. Misting is used for a variety of purposes, such as increasing the humidity of plants indoors and helping propagate plants through cuttings. However, not all misting is effective, given how quickly water evaporates from the vegetable.
Plants prefer air that has a certain amount of humidity or else the plant may dry out. Many gardeners who grow vegetables mist their vegetables in order to raise the humidity for the vegetables, thus increasing their quality. If the gardener wants some of the vegetables to develop flowers, misting can help aid the vegetable in developing flowers during the flowering period.
Misting is used in vegetable plant propagation through the use of cuttings. When a plant is propagated through cuttings, exposure to the sun can cause the cutting to dry out too quickly, killing off the plant. However, frequent misting can prevent the cuttings from drying out.
Misting can be detrimental to vegetables with leaves that are consumed, since moist leaves can develop fungal diseases such as fungal leaf spot. Misting is also not necessarily an effective solution to a dry home, since much of the water that is sprayed on to the plant evaporates. In order to get the full effects of misting, the plants need to be misted relatively constantly. However, the constant misting can sometimes mix with dust and clog the pores of the plant. In the house, sometimes purchasing a humidifier is a better option than misting the plant.
Water Automated Misting
Misting plants can be automated using a machine that mists water on plants that are on a conveyor belt, according to BETE. The automated misters that operate conveyor belts are more practical for potted plants. Other misting systems are designed for plants that have higher water demands. Misting system compartments can store vegetables and mist water around the vegetables at all directions. The water is delivered to the misting systems using a system of pipes that form arches over the vegetables and spray water downward. Since vegetables usually need a specific amount of water in order to grow optimally, most misting devices have timers that regulate the amount of water.
Chemical Automated Misting
Some large gardens use automated misters to spray insecticide, herbicide, fungicide and other beneficial chemicals onto plants. The automated mister is the most cost-effective method of applying many of the essential chemicals onto plants. Misting is less likely to miss spots on plants, since the mist floats around the plants and touches areas that are out of the way.