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How to increase humidity for indoor plants to protect them from heating

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Many indoor plants need high humidity

Many houseplants come from tropical regions where it is always warm, sunny, and humid. This is one of the main difficulties of growing them at home. Due to dry air, especially in winter when the heating dries out the atmosphere in the room, the flowerpots begin to wither.

Bloomscape experts have found out how to solve this problem. They have compiled a list of the most effective ways to provide plants with the level of humidity they need.

How do you know if the air is too dry for a plant?

There is a clear list of signs that your home garden needs more humidification. So, it is too dry if:

  • the edges of the leaves have started to dry out and turn brown;
  • the leaves lose their elasticity and droop, and sometimes turn yellow and fall off;
  • the leaves become brittle to the touch.

If you notice any of these signs, it's time to take action.

Buy a humidifier

A small gadget that sprays tiny droplets of water into the air distributes moisture in the form that plants need most. It will also benefit your skin and respiratory tract, which suffer from dryness in winter.

Spray your plants regularly

We should warn you right away that the effect of spraying will be temporary, so you will have to repeat the procedure quite regularly. In addition, this procedure is contraindicated for plants with "fluffy" leaves, such as Saintpaulias. The pile on the leaves will retain moisture, which can cause them to rot. And lastly, use only special sprayers for plants that delicately spray moisture. An ordinary household sprayer is not suitable for this task.

Make a humidifying tray for plants

This is a good way to increase the humidity locally, just near your plants. Take a tray a few centimeters deep that is also larger than the diameter of the plant pot. It can even be shared by several flowerpots, so you can create stylish arrangements. Pour pebbles, crushed stone, expanded clay or decorative stones into the tray, add enough water to almost cover the filler, and place the pots on top. This way, the roots of the plant will not come into contact with the water, while the leaves will get moisture from evaporation. All you have to do is make sure that the tray does not dry out.

Create a microclimate for a group of plants

Gather all the flowerpots that need moist air into an arrangement, with a container of water in the center. This way, your "pool" will remain invisible while providing the right level of humidity for a group of plants at once. Remember to add water to it as it evaporates.

Give your plants a warm shower

The shower we love to take in the morning or in the evening is also loved by plants. It washes away dust and pests from their leaves and fills them with moisture. Before the procedure, be sure to cover the soil with cling film to prevent overflow. In addition, avoid sudden temperature jumps. Comfortably warm water is best for washing plants. You can "bathe" your home garden several times a year.

Move plants to humid areas

Plants that require high humidity will be more comfortable overwintering in the kitchen or bathroom if there is a window. The air in these rooms is always full of water vapor, which is so necessary for flowerpots.

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