How to Keep House Plants Healthy with Humidifiers
Did you know that humidifiers can help keep your house plants healthy? House plants are a great way to improve the indoor air quality of your home by bringing a piece of nature inside!
Here are some tips and tricks on how to keep your house plants healthy with humidifiers, and how to create the perfect environment for your plants! If you try out any of these tips, share your feedback and pictures on social media with the #PerfectPlant!
Tip #1: Research your Plant’s Natural Environment
The success of raising healthy house plants is replicating the environment it naturally grows in. When bringing a new plant into your home, do some research on the native country of origin of the plant, or the natural habitat that it grows in. This will help make sure your new plant is a good fit for the location in your home where you want to grow it!
For example, desert plants such as cacti require more sunlight with low humidity levels. However, tropical plants such as fern and lucky bamboo thrive in low or indirect sunlight with higher humidity levels. This information can help you choose which room or space in your home is the perfect fit for your plant.
Prior research and planning can save your the heartbreak and struggles of keeping your plants alive. This will also ensure that the plants are in the best possible condition! Pro Tip: A cactus will not work for a low light office, but a philodendron or orchids will grow like a weed!
Tip #2: Tropical Plants Need more Indoor Humidity
Most indoor leafy plants are tropical or originate from rainforests. Since rainforests experience more humid climates, your tropical house plants will also need:
- High levels of humidity or moisture
- More Water
The reason tropical plants grow so well in a lower light and humid environment is because rainforests have huge trees with large tree canopies! These canopies allow little light to hit the smaller plants beneath them, even in bright sunlight. The canopies also capture the moisture or humidity from the frequent rain and hold it close to the ground. This causes the smaller tropical plants to grow in high humidity almost 100% of the time!
A humidifier is a great way to add more moisture back into the air. Humidifiers will increase the humidity levels to help your tropical plants stay luscious and green! Especially in the winter when climate is dry, a humidifier will balance the indoor air quality to keep indoor tropical plants healthy!
Tip #3: How to Know if your Plants Need More Humidity
Your plant needs more humidity and water when:
- The tips of the leaves are dry and turning brown
- The top 1” layer of the soil is dry or does not appear moist
- The plant sheds more dry leaves than usual
Your plant needs less humidity and water when:
- The tips of the leaves are turning mushy and yellow
- The top 1” layer of soil never seems to dry out
- The soil is giving off a strong mold or mildew odor
- There are gnats in the air around your plant or tiny bugs living in the soil
- The bottom of the main stem is turning black and mushy. This is a sign that the stem has become rotten from sitting in water too long. If this occurs, generally, the plant is usually too far gone to repair.
Tip #4: Warm Mist vs. Cool Mist Humidifier for House Plants
The type of humidifier you use for your plants (warm mist or cool mist) does not impact the results of how well the plants grow.
A benefit to using warm mist humidifiers is that they boil the water before it is released into the air. Therefore, water vapor will be purified and your plants receive a better quality of moisture.
However, keep in mind that warm mist humidifiers tend to use a bit more electricity. This is because they require more energy to heat or boil water. Cool mist humidifiers tend to use less energy and can be run for longer periods of time. Choosing a humidifier for your home is completely based on your personal preference, room size, and features you want!
Tip #5: Picking the Perfect Humidifier for House Plants
When picking the perfect humidifier for your house plants, here are some product features that are convenient for plant care:
1. Adjustable Humidistat: It is convenient to have a humidifier with a humidistat that displays the humidity in your environment. With adjustable controls, you can easily adjust the level of humidity in the air to best meet the needs of the house plants.
2. 12-24 Run Time: When purchasing a humidifier for the purpose of taking care of house plants, having a humidifier with a higher run time is a convenient feature so you don’t have to keep refilling the water tank. Keep in mind that larger humidifiers have a higher run time because of the increase in tank size.
3. Refill Indicator: A refill indicator is great if the plant is kept in a room or area that you do not attend to often, having the visual reminder to refill the tank with water will ensure that your plant continues to get the moisture it needs!
Tip #6: How to Create the Perfect Environment for your Plants at Home
In addition to adding a humidifier you can also:
1. Add a thin layer of small pebbles on top of the soil, this will collect moisture from the air and release it over time from evaporation.
2, Closely group your plants together in amounts of 2 or more which will also help capture the humidity and keep the moisture near the plants.
3. Plants eat and breathe through their leaves. So, wipe down the leaves when you see any dust build up to make sure they are kept clean, moist, and all available light is being caught and absorbed by the plant.