The humidity here in Newfoundland varies. Coastal regions are obviously more humid than inland regions, especially depending on the weather...tropical air masses & depressions, tide, Kpa...all that fun stuff. We're not going to be as humid as many places in the southern USA simply due to the ambient air temperature not being as warm on an annual basis, but, we're COMPLETELY surrounded by water here and that does work in our favor. Many tropical species flourish here due to this oceanic regulation that does not occur in other places in Eastern Canada or even into the New England states. What we lack in ambient air temp, we can make up for by growing these plants indoors or in a greenhouse...air temp goes up, creating evem more humidity in an already semi-humid environment. We're also the most Eastern point in all of North America, including Canada and the USA. Some scholars have debated this, but, on average, our location provides us with more "Morning Sunlight Hours" than any other region. ...anyways, food for thought. Most people arent fuuly up-to-snuff when it comes to the climate here in Newfoundland...I know this as I'm not originally from here myself; I've only lived here the last 5-6 years. My perception was also, "Cold frozen Atlantic climate with snow squalls and sub-degree temeratures!". Its good to get this information out there. Many people have played with the idea that if the global environment continues to "warm", Newfoundland could very well take on characteristics of a tropical island...wouldnt that be nice...for me! The soil the tree is planted in right now does contain some larger pieces of bark, and is a peat mixture...mixed with what, I have no idea, I dont really know much about soil. Its pretty black though and seems like it does drain pretty well. I'll go back to the nursery however just to make sure I have the right stuff. Oh...and I'll keep with the soap treatment. I'll save the cayenne for Mexican tonight!!