Humidity is often a missing element in the environment we except plants to thrive in. Many houseplants are tropical and live in naturally humid conditions. While some plants can do fine without humidity, even in dry climates, most will thrive best with some added humidity. As an added bonus, humidity is also a beneficial to humans it can help with respiratory health and dry skin. Understanding how to add humidity to your environment will give you a wider range of options when choosing your plants to bring home.
A few misconceptions of humidity:
“Misting occasionally creates humidity”- TRUTH: Misting can create a temporary humidity, but for lasting water vapor in the air, this is not enough. Misting can also cause problems with leaves.
“humidity is hard to provide”- TRUTH: Some plants do need an extreme level of humidity, which can be a challenge to provide, but for many plants that benefit from humidity, something as simple as a pebble tray or a small humidifier can be enough.
“Humidity is the same as dry heat”- TRUTH: While many people just think of heat when they hear humidity, this term actually refers to water vapor in the air. Both warm and cool climates can be humid, though warm air can hold more water vapor than cool air.
There can be ways to add humidity in your home for your plants. Three simple ways is naturally humid room, for example the bathroom is a good place for your plant to have a boost of humidity. A pebble tray is simple to make and is easy way to provide humidity for a single plant. The most effective way to add moisture to the air , especially if you have several plants that need it is adding a humidifier.
Here is a list of plants that need that extra bit of humidity to help them thrive!
Pilea Peperomioides thrives in tropical environments, making it the perfect bathroom plant candidate. However, it will do better in a bathroom that has a window with bright to indirect light. Also referred to as a pancake or a UFO plant, the plant has flat, round leaves.
The golden pothos will make itself and all its vines at home in your bathroom, where it will thrive in a more humid environment (the tips of its leaves will turn brown if the air is too dry!). This plant can handle anywhere from low to bright sunlight, so long as the light is indirect.
The stunning calathea plant in medium indirect light and a moderate to a more humid environment, and it’s sure to do well. Think of it as a symbiotic relationship: Your bathroom’s environment will help it live a healthy life, and its beautiful foliage will give your bathroom new life, too.
If you love the whimsical, secret garden vibes of ivy outside, why not bring that same aesthetic into your bathroom with English Ivy? With a classic British countryside charm, potted English Ivy is super resilient and grows pretty much wherever it can find room to do so. This plant likes medium light and humidity.
Orchids are a little fussy when it comes to watering, but even though they prefer their soil to be on the drier side, they also like humidity—they are tropical plants, after all. Orchids tolerate low light but will fare much better in brighter indirect light, so they’re better kept on your bathroom windowsill.
Just choose the right varieties for your space, and these humidity-loving plants will be content.