How to create a humid plant environment
Many of the beautiful house plants we all know and love come from humid jungle environments. Moisture in the air is a vital part of keeping foliage plants lush and healthy. Our homes don’t always make the ideal environment for plants and sometimes we need to give them a little extra attention to keep them looking their best.
Tropical plants will let us know when they aren’t receiving enough moisture in the air. It’s all about the foliage. Signs of insufficient humidity can include brown, yellow, crispy, curling or drooping leaves.
Some tips for increasing the humidity levels around plants are:
Grouping plants together
This generates a mini biome-like atmosphere around the plants which maintains little pockets of moisture for longer periods of time. Be sure to leave enough space in between each plant to allow for some air circulation.
Once the top inch of soil is dry to the touch, mist plants in the morning to allow the foliage to soak in moisture before it is evaporated by the sun. Avoid misting foliage with fuzzy leaves as it could cause spotting. Some plants could benefit from misting daily while others may need it only once or twice a week. Cacti and succulents should not be misted.
Fill a tray with pebbles and add water until it reaches just below the top of those pebbles. Place the plant on top but be sure that its roots aren’t sitting in/touching the water from the tray. Plants don’t like to have wet feet.
Bring them in the bathroom when you shower
High-humidity plants will get a boost from the steam that is generated from our hot showers. Tote them in the bathroom with you every once in a while so they can soak in the extra moisture.
Which method you choose and how often you use it depends on the variety of plants you have and the climate inside your home. Pay attention to what your plants are telling you and take small consistent steps to give them a little extra love. They will thank you for it!