As the cold weather sweeps England, many UK homes are beginning to form condensation and subsequent mould build-up. However, according to the plant experts behind the Youtube channel The Daily Eco, there are eight houseplants which can “combat” humidity in our homes.
The Youtube channel shares plant care insights with an audience of 3.52K subscribers. The experts explained: “Did you know that the accumulation of humidity in our home can be combatted by plants that absorb moisture? These plants will also beautify your home and improve its conditions.”
The first houseplant recommended for absorbing humidity in the air is the Peace Lily, a tropical plant which is most often found indoors due to its inability to withstand frost.
“It doesn’t need much lighting and has the ability to absorb moisture through its leaves making it a great option for rooms without many hours of sun and plenty of humidity,” said the plant experts. “If its leaves turn brown it’s a sign that the plant needs more watering, a more protected location or a supply of compost.”
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Spider plants are also sometimes referred to as ribbon plants. Much like the Peace Lily, spider plants have a great capacity to absorb environmental humidity. The Daily Eco experts explained the plant absorbs much of the water it needs “from the air”.
“If it is located in a humid area it doesn’t need much watering,” they added. “Likewise, it doesn’t require a lot of light, nor does it have demanding care. You should know that it is also capable of purifying formaldehyde in the environment.”
“Tillandsias absorb moisture in the environment to hydrate itself since it doesn’t have roots to attach to the ground to extract nutrients or water,” explained The Daily Eco experts. “It’s one of the plants with the greatest dehumidification capacity, and they don’t need substrate so we have more freedom when choosing its location.”
Tillandsias are easy-to-grow plants, which only need a little bit of fertiliser at certain times, and a little spray of water in extremely dry environments.
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Niaouli plants are part of a family of shrubs and trees native to Australia, so they are used to warm and humid environments. “This one, in particular, is known to be one of the trees that absorb moisture more effectively, being very useful in soils with excess water,” said the experts. “It reaches heights of up to 20 or 25 metres, although it can be easily pruned to control its growth.”
Calathea plants need a humid environment to thrive. The Daily Eco team explain that this means it is “capable of absorbing a considerable amount of moisture in the air.” They added: “Due to their low light requirements and their demand for humidity these striking colourful leafy plants are widely used to absorb water from the bathroom.”
Bamboo palm tree
Bamboo palm trees not only absorb ambient humidity, but they are also capable of air purification. “In its natural environment, it reaches heights of up to three metres high,” said The Daily Eco. “Although indoors it grows much less. We recommend that you find a humid and shady location for it.”
Mint isn’t only handy in the kitchen as a cooking ingredient, but it can also absorb humidity from the environment. “This aromatic plant is excellent at absorbing moisture from soil,” The Daily Eco video explained. “Likewise, it also absorbs a lot of humidity from the environment, so it’s also ideal to have in the kitchen, bathroom or living room. “
English Ivy is a native UK climber plant which is best suited to being placed in the air or up high, such as on a shelf. The YouTube channel experts explained: “The climbing ivy will help to keep the air clean and absorb its humidity protecting your house from mould.”