Humidity in Root Cellar : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) Preparation Forum : One Thread

Our root cellar has high humidity - between 80-90%. We are storing apples, various types of squash, onions, potatoes and live in northern ny. Someone suggested putting a de-humidifier in there to lower the humidity.

Any suggestions if this is a good idea? I understand that some vegetables 'like' humidity.

-- lou (, December 01, 1999


I don't have my book in front of me, so this is off the cuff.

Most root crops (potatoes, carrots, beets, turnips, etc) and celery want a high humidity, so keep it the way it is.

Squash, onions, garlic, etc do not so You'll probably want to store them in a separate place.

The book we use is "Root Cellaring". I think we got it through Amazon.

-- Tim Jacob (, December 01, 1999.

Most vegetables need high humidity for long term storage. 90-98%. See the following site: Storage/index.html

Download the .pdf file. It's excellent. Also, you need to get rid of the ethyelene gas produced. Potassium Permangenate will absorb the gas.

Bob, Ph.D.

-- bob (, December 01, 1999.

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