Most plants need humid air in order to thrive. That’s because the pores through which they breathe lose most of their moisture when the surrounding air is dry, a loss that the plant can’t always replace through the water its roots absorb. The thinner the leaf, the greater its need for humidity. Thick, leathery, or waxy leaves, or those covered with hair, are usually relatively immune to dry air. Symptoms of dry air include curled leaves and dry leaf tips, as well as a frequent need for watering. Flower buds are especially susceptible to dry air and may turn brown or simply fall off if humidity is too low.
- You can use plants to naturally humidify your home, providing health benefits as well as something nice to look at.
- Plants provide humidity to dry air through a process called transpiration.
- Plants with large leaves are better at providing humidity than small leaf varities
“Make sure your plants are watered well to maximize the humidity they provide, but be sure not to overwater them.”