Having too much humidity in your home can cause some serious problems for your indoor plants – including mold and mildew. However, there are some things you can do to avoid these potential issues by creating small pockets of humidity around your plants where it is needed. Here’s how:
How to Create Humidity for Indoor Plants
Misting: A simple way to create humidity for your houseplants is to mist them with a small spray bottle every day. Misting helps keep the leaves of your plant happy and dust-free. Be careful, though – if you have plaster walls, some plants may actually attach themselves to the wall and begin to grow that way. Also, it is not recommended to mist plants that have fuzzy leaves.
Pebble Trays: Take a deep plate or tray, place pebbles an inch deep into it, and then fill it with water. The pebbles will keep the plant out of the water, which will evaporate and then create humidity for your plants. Be sure to use a tray or plate that is wider than your plant.
Glass or Bowl: Using a deep glass or bowl is a great way to provide humidity for mini plants. Plus, you’ll be able to better observe when the plant is in need of water if you’re using clear glass.
Terrarium: Using a terrarium is a larger scale version of the glass or bowl method in order to create the right amount of humidity for your plants. Set the plants in the soil of the terrarium (you can use an aquarium) or simply place your potted plants into it.
Humidifier: A small room humidifier will increase the humidity in a single room, thus helping your houseplants. You can also have a humidifier attached directly to your furnace to help increase the humidity throughout the entire house, helping your plants and you.
Dish in a Dish: Fill a dish with water and then set your plant in another dish inside of that dish. The water will evaporate, which will produce humidity for your plant.
Bathroom/Kitchen: For those who have a window in the bathroom or over the kitchen sink, you have the perfect place for plants that love humidity. If you don’t have a window in your bathroom, using grow lights will work great, too!
Woodstove/Radiators/Floor Vents: If you have a woodstove, radiator, or floor vent in your home, place a pot or heatproof dish filled with water on top. The heat from these will evaporate the water and produce humidity.
Plants that aren’t receiving the proper amount of humidity will begin to show brown on the tips or edges of leaves. You may even find that buds are falling off or flowers are fading quickly. In any of these situations, try any of these tricks to create more humidity for your plants so that they can once again flourish. You can apply Green Thumb to your plants to ensure they are receiving the proper nutrients and that the bugs, mold, and mildew are staying away!