Just because it’s hot and humid outside, doesn’t mean that it has to be that miserable inside. Air conditioning can go a lot way for cooling down and drying out your home while the heat blazes on outdoors. The decrease in humidity can seriously hurt the potential of any indoor plants you may have hanging around.
Should you be forced to suffer in heat and humidity just for the sake of a few indoor plants? Of course not, you’re personal comfort should be more important.
So is there something you can do to keep these potted plants within without hurting their growth potential? Yes there is. There are steps you can take to increase the humidity surrounding the plant. Here are a few of those ideas.
Evaporating Water Tray
Fill a tray with about an inch worth of pebbles. Fill the tray with water until the standing water level reaches about halfway up the sides of the pebbles. Place that tray next to a window and place your plants on top of it. The sunlight will evaporate the thin water. Evaporating water rises into the plants and provides an immediate blanket of wet air for your plants to grow.
You don’t want the pot to sit directly in water as it can hurt your plant. As you flush your plants, you will need to change out the water. The water can become a breeding ground for insects otherwise.
Mist Your Plants Periodically
Group Your Plants
Plants “sweat” off water like people do. When you group them together, the shed water can be shared among plants, creating a more humid environment.
Purchase a Humidifier
Humidifiers were made for people but are helpful for plants as well. The whole room is affected, but the effect is still the same for your plants.
You don’t have to suffer in the humidity outside for your indoor plants. These are four ways to have it your way and still provide the proper environment for your plants.
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