House Plants That Like Humidity

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The following plants all need good light, but not direct sun, and high humidity, so a bathroom or kitchen windowsill would be a good choice for them. Boost the moisture, if needed, with regular misting sprays. The constant humidity which circulates in a bathroom is ideal for many of the following plants.

Tail Flower (Anthurium andraeanum)

An unusual plant, with its waxy, tail-like flower, which is long-lasting and usually brightly coloured, supplemented with glossy, dark green, heart-shaped leaves. Flowers appear in spring and summer. Water regularly in summer but sparingly in winter. Mist as necessary to maintain high humidity. No pruning required; simply remove any dead leaves and flowers, and repot in fresh compost every other year.

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Zebra Plant (Goeppertia zebrina)

Formerly classified as Calathea zebrina, zebra plant has unsurprisingly stripy leaves in dark green and purple tones, which are red-purple on the underside. Water regularly in summer, sparingly in winter. Give a weak dilution of fertiliser in the summer. Prune only to cut out dead leaves.

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Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula)

The Venus flytrap is a useful if temperamental house plant. A brilliant curiosity, but be aware that carnivorous plants are challenging to maintain. Refer to specialist websites and books for further care instructions. Keep compost moist and mist regularly to maintain very high humidity. Do not feed with fertiliser. Do not tempt the leaves to snap shut without a fly inside, as this will harm the plant.

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Missionary Plant (Pilea peperomioides)

Produces saucer-shaped leaves and, in summer, tiny pink or white flowers. The stem joins in the middle of the blade on the underside. Leaves and stems can trail over the edge of the pot. Water regularly and feed monthly in summer. Prune to remove dead leaves and flowers.

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Common Staghorn Fern (Platycerium bifurcatum)

An epiphyte, best grown in a mix of woodchip and moss, such as an orchid potting mix. It can be mounted on a wall, fixed to a piece of cork or similar, with sphagnum moss packed around the root ball. Prune only to remove dead leaves. Feed during the summer. In a pot, water freely in summer, sparingly in winter. For wall-mounted specimens, water by soaking the base and feed by adding fertiliser to the soaking water.

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African Violet (Saintpaulia)

A mini flowering house plant and ideal for small spaces. Flowers can last for months, and available colours range from deep purple-blue to pink to white. Although they require some humidity, misting can cause the leaves to rot. Water regularly in summer, sparingly in winter. Feed monthly in summer. Prune only to remove dead leaves and flowers.

Boston Ferns (Nephrolepis exaltata)

This is an extremely popular houseplant and will thrive in the humid atmosphere of a bathroom. However, ferns will need extra attention if the heating is switched on during the winter, misting lightly once or twice per week will help. You could also stand their pot on a container filled with pebbles and water. A Boston fern’s number one enemy is dry soil, it needs to be checked daily, adding water if necessary. The entire pot can be soaked in lukewarm water. If the leaves start to turn yellow, this is a sign that more humidity is required.

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Maidenhair Ferns (Adiantum)

This is a graceful plant which enjoys bright light and is not difficult to care for. It has attractive light green, feathery foliage and is the source of oil commonly used in shampoo products. The black stems have been used as a dye in the past, and Native Americans used the plant as a poultice, to help wounds to stop bleeding. It should be grown in small pots, and not re-potted if possible. If its surroundings are of low humidity, it should be misted daily, and the soil should not be allowed to dry out, but not overwatered either.

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Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

This plant can purify the air and strip out toxins such as formaldehyde from materials in your home. Pothos works quite well in a hanging basket, with its trailing stems or can be trained to climb up a trellis or other supporting object.

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Orchids (Orchidaceae)

This beautiful plant is notoriously difficult to care for, with overwatering being the most common reason for harming them. Despite the fact they originate from rainforests, they should not be left to sit in water, as this causes the roots to rot. An innovative idea is to place ice cubes on the soil, under the leaves to ensure the correct amount of water is dispensed slowly. You can also add fertiliser in this way. They should be misted at least twice per day, preferably with distilled water. They prefer a constant temperature and can actually burn when placed in direct sunlight.

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Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum)

This plant is straightforward to grow and has curving white blooms that are very pretty.

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Snake Plants (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, this plant is super easy to cultivate, and its variegated leaves grow in an upward direction. Some of the leaves have white or yellow edges, and it has small white flowers, but rarely blooms.

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Bamboo (Bambusoideae)

Although it prefers to be outdoors, it is possible to grow bamboo as a house plant. There are many varieties but the one thing they all require is plenty of light, and they will benefit from occasional spells outside in the garden in bright sunlight. High humidity is another necessity, with misting needed daily, preferably accompanied by the use of an oscillating fan to keep moisture in the air. Yellow leaves are actually quite healthy and not a sign of ill-health, but curled up leaves do indicate stress. The plant will eventually need to be divided up.

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Do you have any plants in your bright and humid spots, whether they be in your bathroom or kitchen? Do you have any tips for their care and maintenance? If you have any questions or comments, please contact me below, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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10 thoughts on “House Plants That Like Humidity”

  1. Hi Diane, What a beautiful website and right up my alley. I love plants but although I do have some indoor plants, I seem to be too kind by overwatering on occasion. Bad mistake.

    My late father-in-law grew the most beautiful African Violets and on my 21st birthday gave me a glorious purple and while one. I saw that the leaves appeared dusty and thought I was doing it a favor and cleaned off the leaves. The poor plant promptly died. That taught me a lesson on caring for African Violets.

    What a pity that the lessons learned when caring for indoor plants often end in them dying.

    I am an avid gardener and my outdoor plants fare very much better. They should do as I was a garden designer for many years.

    • Hi – thank you for your compliment and taking the time to add thoughtful comments. Such a shame your African Violet died, they are gorgeous flowers. All the best, Diane.

  2. Great collections of beautiful plants and flowers and I really like to have a home garden with all these flowers and plants. Thank you for sharing such beautiful information because I never heard or seen these beautiful plants and flowers before and you did a great job in sharing such beautiful information. I think that having these plants and flowers in my home will add more beauty to my home. Really a wonderful article.

    • Hi – thank you for your nice comments. I hope you have found some ideas as to which plants you could have in your home. All the best, Diane.

  3. Hey thank you for the awesome post!  This post is great for people like me, who love having live plants in their house!  I’m really glad to see you added bamboo to this, because this is my wife’s favorite plant, and we do not always have luck with them!  Perhaps we need to put them in the sunlight more.  Bamboo is a very beautiful plant.

    • Hi – thank you for visiting my website and leaving a comment. I am pleased to see you enjoy having plants in your house, and I hope you have success with your bamboo. All the best, Diane

  4. Wow! I was really surprised to see such a beautiful plant and a collection of flowers. I like to decorate my garden house with flowers and plants like this. You certainly deserve praise for creating such a beautiful website. I have never seen so many flowers and a collection of plants together. I think when I decorate my garden with all these trees and flowers, the house will look really charming. I’ve been looking for designers to decorate my garden house for a long time. Your article made me work for that designer .Thanks

    • Hi – thank you for reading my article and leaving a thoughtful comment. I hope you find a designer to create a beautiful home for you. All the best, Diane

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