Humidity hacks for tropical plants in every room
If you want to make the inside of your home a living oasis, you will need to put some handy measures in place to keep your tropical plants happy and healthy season after season.
If your plants have sufficient light and you have been maintaining feeding and watering but you have noticed drooping or yellowing leaves, the solution might be humidity! If your plants are in need of extra humidity this guide will give you ideas on how to reposition them, let them benefit from the pockets of humidity that are already in your home and how to create more of it.
Common tropical plants that are grown indoors are Monstera, Calathea, Anthurium, Alocasia, Philodendron and Bromeliads. We know there are plant parents out there that have a minimalist approach to greenery, but we may convince you to grow your plant family. Keep reading to find out why.
A tropical plant or two in your workspace can really uplift your mood while you work. A simple way to improve your tropical plants' vitality is by adding small pebbles and water to their trays, letting evaporation do its magic in the air around the plants.
Tropical plants in the bathroom
The bathroom is a favourable location for growing tropical indoor plants because of the humidity that is created when you bath or shower. Consider adding more plants to up the lush factor and take advantage of this room's conducive environment. It isn’t only about aesthetics though, as these plants thrive when they are grouped together so in essence the more tropical plants you place together, the merrier they will be.
Next time you take a bath, don’t drain the water right away. Allow the steam to permeate the air so your plants will reap the full benefits of your selfcare. Just leave the door open, if you can, so plants in other rooms can benefit from the humidity too.
Keep your bedroomates happy
Placing indoor plants together is a simple way to increase humidity because it creates a microclimate by trapping the humid air created as plants naturally release water vapour from their leaves. You can do some indoor plant arranging in your bedroom to create a beautiful biome of tropical plants that will thrive together. Just refrain from turning the aircon on, as the last thing you want to do is dry out the air.
Kitchen chores offer great benefits for your plants. Steaming and boiling food on the stovetop is an excellent source of humidity. Next time, allow your dishes to air dry and wait a while until you drain a sink filled with hot water. Both will increase the humidity and keep your plants perky.
The living room is the perfect room for a grand plant display. It isn’t called a ‘living’ room for nothing, so fill the space with live plants that will add vigour. The best option for this room would be to install a humidifier near your plants. In addition you can make use of an essential oil diffuser, which will do double duty by increasing humidity and fragrance in your space. Just ensure the leaves steer clear of direct contact with the diffuser to avoid any unnecessary damage to your beautiful greenery.
Keep your plants on tables, stools or shelves at your entrance hall happy by placing vessels of water amongst them. You can position them overtly or discreetly depending on the vessel you have chosen to use and your preference. You can do this by grouping plants and sneaking a little water-filled bowl or two in between them. This will aid in humidity. Should the bowls be pretty and double up as a decor item there's no need for them to disappear between the potted plants.
If you have the pleasure of a sunroom in your home, you can make use of a clothing horse in this space to dry your laundry. The evaporation that occurs in the drying process will aid in keeping your tropical plants happy. Just ensure they don’t get scorched in direct sunlight.
If you have small tropical plants consider creating a terrarium with a glass container that has a narrow mouth or lid. They are happiest housed together like this, as it increases humidity, and allows each plant to thrive with minimal intervention on your part. You can place this terrarium in your preferred spot where it will receive bright, indirect light.
In addition to this, humidity-loving plants in all rooms will do well with regular spritzing! Keep a spray bottle filled with water near and depending on the humidity levels in your home, you can mist your plants as often as needed.