Plants may not be fans of scorching, hot air (sorry, cacti and succulents), but they absolutely thrive in humidity. Just picture lush tropical paradises and vibrant rainforests - that's the natural habitat of most houseplants. So, the question is: how can you recreate a mini version of those steamy summer nights right in your own home? Well, we've got the answers for you - what you need, why it works, and how to make it happen! Get ready to turn your living space into a thriving plant paradise.  

What is Humidity?

Get ready to feel the heat! Humidity is all about water hanging out in the air. When it's hot out, that water turns into sneaky water vapor and spreads out through the air. The more water there is, the hotter it gets and the stickier and sweatier we feel! 

Plants love a little moisture in the air. Most of them thrive when the humidity levels are around 60% or even higher. But dry-loving plants, like cacti and succulents, do their thing around 40% humidity. On the flip side, when the humidity creeps past 70%, it's time for us humans to get uncomfortable.  

To keep the peace at home, go for a humidity range of 50-60%. That way, everyone can feel just right. No need to break out the towels to dry off or empty the dehumidifier every five minutes. It's the perfect balance for happy humans and thriving plants alike! 

Group of Indoor Plants together from The Good Plant Co

Why do Plants have a strong affinity for humidity?

Well, it's because they can absorb water vapor at their own pace and in their unique way. They don't have to face the risk of being overwhelmed by unpredictable and excessive downpours, which can be too much to handle all at once! 

Misting the Leaves of a Peace Lily at The Good Plant Co

How to increase humidity for Plants?

  • Place your plants in more humid rooms: plants will thrive in areas of your home with higher humidity levels such as your kitchens, bathrooms, and laundries. Consider relocating your plants to these spaces during the drier months, and they’ll be delighted with the increased moisture in the air. 

  • Give them a bath: during the winter months, treat your plants to regular showers or baths. They will relish the added moisture, and it will also help cleanse their foliage, eliminating dust where tiny pests tend to hide. Remember to use lukewarm water for the best results. 

  • Group your plants together: arrange multiple plants in a group to create a pocket of humidity. For an additional humidity boost, if possible, position a dish of water or a small, filled watering can in the centre. As the water evaporates, it will enhance the humidity levels in the vicinity.  

  • Invest in a room humidifier and place it in your plant space. The humidifier will gradually release moisture into the air, elevating the room's humidity. 

  • Weekly, use a spray bottle to mist warm water in the area around your plants. This will help maintain a humid environment. 

  • Create a humidifier tray: Take a non-porous container such as plastic, saucer, or a metal tray. Cover the bottom of the container with stones, gravel, or charcoal. Add water to fill the tray halfway and position your plants on top. Ensure that the plant is not in direct contact with the water. As the water evaporates, your plants will feel nourished by the increased humidity. 


In conclusion, mastering the art of increasing humidity for your plants can significantly impact their health and happiness. By implementing the various techniques we've explored, from misting to using room humidifiers, you can provide a flourishing environment for your green companions all year-round. Remember, each plant has its preferences, so observe and adjust accordingly to find the perfect balance of moisture. With a little care and attention, you'll witness your plants thrive, displaying vibrant foliage and rewarding you with their natural beauty!

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