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5 Humidifying Houseplants to Combat Dry Indoor Air
When shopping for a houseplant, pay close attention to its transpiration rate. That’s the rate at which it absorbs water through roots and releases moisture through leaves. During a peak period of growth, a leaf can transpire many times its weight in water.
5 Plants That Add Moisture to the Air
- Spider Plant: The green-thumb newbie can start with the spider plant. This is easy-to-care-for-plant features long, narrow leaves that produce spindly offshoots. Trim these “plantlets” and place the clippings into the soil.
- Areca Palm: You won’t likely find a plant that produces as much humidity as the Chrysalidocarpus lutescens. This plant can release as much as 1 quart of water every 24 hours. A mature areca palm stands about six feet tall and features feathery, arching fronds. With proper care, it can live up to 10 years.
- Rubber Plant: Technically a tree, the rubber plant can grow up to 8 feet tall. Be sure to allow the soil to dry completely between waterings. This tropical plant likes it warm, so try not to let your home’s temperature drop below 65°F.
- Peace Lily: Not one for direct sunlight, the peace lily prefers medium to low light. Treat this flowering perennial right and you’ll be rewarded with a high transpiration rate and striking white flowers.
- English Ivy: This one is a climber! The Hedera helix is a vining plant that can stretch across any surface or drape dramatically hanging from a basket. It thrives in medium light. Wait to water until the top inch of soil dries out.
Caution: Some houseplants are toxic for pets. The English ivy, for example, can be poisonous for a cat or dog if consumed. Make sure that whatever plant you bring home is safe for your four-legged friends by checking this list from PETA.
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