How to Increase Humidity for Your Houseplants

While plants don’t like hot, dry air (okay not you cacti/ succulents), they do love humidity. Think tropical environments and rainforests, which is where most houseplants originate. So how do you create a micro-environment in your home which is reflective of those warm, summer nights?

Here’s what, why and how:

What is Humidity?

Humidity refers to the amount of water in the air. Water, in hot conditions, will turn into water vapour that then sits in the air particles. The more water there is, the hotter the temperatures tend to be, and the more humid the day (or restless the night) feels!

 

 

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While plants don’t like hot, dry air (okay not you cacti/ succulents), they do love humidity. Think tropical environments and rainforests, which is where most houseplants originate. So how do you create a micro-environment in your home which is reflective of those warm, summer nights?
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Here’s what, why and how:
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What is Humidity?
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Humidity refers to the amount of water in the air. Water, in hot conditions, will turn into water vapour that then sits in the air particles. The more water there is, the hotter the temperatures tend to be, and the more humid the day (or restless the night) feels!
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Most plants will thrive in a humidity of 60% or more. Cacti, succulents and other plants that love dry environments will average around the 40% mark. However, any higher than 70% can be
really uncomfortable for us as humans. Instead, aim for a 50-60% humidity range, so everyone at home is happy!
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Why Do Plants Love It So Much?
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Plants can feed off the water vapour in their own time and way, and don’t have to be drowned by downpours which are unpredictable and often too much at once!
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How Can I Increase Humidity for My Plants?
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It’s easier than you think.
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<li>Buy a room humidifier to put in your plant space that gradually adds moisture into the air and raises the humidity of a room.</li>
<li>Spray the area around your plants with warm water using a humidifier weekly.</li>
<li>Make a humidifier tray! Find a non-porous container - plastic, saucer, a metal tray (you name it), cover your container with stones, gravel or charcoal, add water so the trey is half-full and position your plants onto it. Make sure the plant isn’t touching the water and they’ll feel nourished as the water evaporates!</li>
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