Humidity: The Destroyer Of Household Plants

Though humidity is rarely found in the house, it is always good to keep an eye out for a plant that is being affected by humidity. If you notice rot, mildew
or mould, it is time to get some ventilation in the area or else lose your precious indoor plants.

Contrary to high humidity low humidity could also adversely affect the plants by sapping them of their water content faster than they can replenish it.

Some of the signs of low humidity are brown leaves, wilting, buds dropping, and low humidity which is especially prevalent during the winter months,
especially if it is too cold and you use heaters in the house.

If you follow the few ways to regulate the humidity at proper levels you will have a beautiful and healthy indoor collection of plants.

* Do not keep to a schedule to water plants. Check the soil in the pot before adding water. Water when you feel it is necessary not because it is time to water the plants.

  • Use a mixture of soil and fertiliser that will hold water for longer periods. A sandy mixture will allow water to drain out easily.
  • For low humidity, install an electric humidifier to raise the humidity level and a dehumidifier if the humidity level is too high.
  • Keep plants in a place that is free from a draft. Such a location is bound to dry the plant.
  • If you have many small pots of plants or flowers, make a large tray and fill it with marbles or pebbles. This will keep the pot above the water and the
    evaporating water will rise and wet the plants.

In the end, you will notice by regulating humidity levels you will have healthier plants.

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