How do I know my indoor plants need higher humidity?
Having the correct humidity levels in your home is key to your houseplants wellbeing. We have some favourite ways to increase humidity in your home to keep your indoor plants healthy throughout the year.
Most indoor plants originate from jungle environments with high levels of humidity. To provide the ideal environment for your house plants humidity levels need to be 40-60% higher than the average home. This is especially important throughout the winter when heating is on and wood burners are being used. There are a few great options beyond misting your indoor plants and we discuss a few of these options below.
Firstly let’s deal with identifying a plant that is suffering from low humidity levels.
What are the signs of low humidity levels?
Leaves have brown edges
Plants are wilting or drooping
Foliage is dry to the touch
Foliage is turning yellow
How to increase humidity
Misting Misting your plants will raise the humidity around your indoor plant but this won’t last for long. We aren’t saying you shouldn’t do this but you’ll need to this regularly. And if time is a factor for you there are better ways to keep your plants healthy.
Pebble Trays Place your plant on a tray of pebbles, add water to the tray until the pebble tops are just above the water level. The water gradually evaporates increasing humidity locally for the plant. You can also increase humidity for a small group of plants by sitting a source of water in a dish in the centre of the group.
Humidifiers A humidifier can be the answer in rooms during the winter to bring back some much-needed water vapour. Also great for us humans.
Wash your house plants This will give your plants some extra moisture during the winter months but is also great for removing dust and pests.
Winter your plants in a more humid room. While the heating is on why not move your plants to a bathroom or kitchen that naturally has more moisture in the air.