Have you ever thought about using indoor plants to combat that dry winter air that has your skin cracking and your clothes crackling?
Indoor plants are a wonderful way to keep the air inside your home clean and toxin free, especially during those colder months when the windows and doors are closed. But, did you know that they can also help rehydrate the air that’s being dehydrated by your central heating and gas fireplace? They’re also helpful in maintaining respiratory and skin health.
No one enjoys those cold weather cracked skin issues, or the build up of static electricity that makes your clothes cling and crackle and sparks of static electricity when you touch things. The answer is becoming an indoor gardener!
Plants grow by absorbing water and nutrients from the soil. The moisture they absorb hydrates the plant cells. However, a lot of the moisture is excreted on the leaves and this evaporates into the atmosphere, helping to add much needed humidity into the air in your home. The dryer the air, the more moisture the plant ‘sucks’ from the soil and the more it releases via evaporation. It’s your own smart humidifier!
Nearly all plants will add some moisture to the air, however plants with broader leaves tend to do a better job.
Rainforest plants are very good at this. The larger the leaves, the larger the area available for evaporation. Conversely, small leaf or succulent plants are not good humidifiers in an indoor situation.
Be sure that there is good air circulation around your plants as this will help with the evaporation process. Remember to water as is recommended by your garden center. Over watering will only cause your plants to rot and die.
You also don’t need too many plants to achieve a good humidity level. Add too many and your home will become muggy and you’ll create an ideal environment for mold and bacteria. As with most things, moderation is key.
Some examples of plants that are good humidifies and are easy to grow indoors are:
- Peace lily
- Areca Palm
- Bamboo Palm
- Ficus Benjamina