Humidity at home is a common problem that many people suffer from. Not only does it cause damage to walls and ceilings, but if the problem isn’t fixed soon with some good ventilation, it will eventually cause mold and other types of fungus. Exposure to environments like these can cause discomfort: from nasal congestion to itchy eyes or skin. A natural way to control humidity, and the mold that could result from that, is to use houseplants as natural absorbents of the excess humidity in the air of a particular room.
Enlighten put together a compilation of these amazing plants that are capable of absorbing humidity from the air through their leaves and then transporting it to their roots.
1. English ivy
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English Ivy is a climbing plant that often grows in hanging pots. People often place it there so that it does not climb on walls or other parts of the house. As the name suggests, it’s native to the European Atlantic coasts. Its natural habitat includes humid and temperate forests. This plant is ideally placed in the most humid rooms of your home. It can be bathroom, maybe even the kitchen if you boil a lot of pasta or vegetables, for example. It is also perfect for hanging over the kitchen sink or next to a window.
2. Peace lily
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The peace lily, whose scientific name is actually Spathiphyllum, is a tropical plant that is native to some parts of the Americas. This beautiful plant, however, does not tolerate frost or drafts, so it is commonly grown indoors where it can thrive with a relatively stable temperature. You only need to water it about once a week, and on top of that, it does not need much lighting. All these things make the peace lily a great choice. You can even place it in the bathroom.
3. Spider plant
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Also known as spider ivy, ribbon plant, and sometimes also as hen and chickens, this plant can absorb environmental moisture — so it’s ideal to have at home. It is capable of eliminating common household air toxins like formaldehyde and xylene.
Indoors, it just needs medium light. If it’s placed in the shade it can lose the white band that characterizes it. But if you place it in direct sunlight, it can easily burn. It tolerates water scarcity pretty well, mainly because it stores it in its thick root system so you won’t need to water it too often. However, during the summer or when it’s hot, you have to increase the frequency of watering the plant. It is an excellent plant to hang over a bathtub, for example.
4. Air carnation
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Like all epiphytic plants, air carnations absorb humidity from the air. As you can see from the picture, this plant does not root in the soil, where other plants typically extract nutrients or water. This species grows mostly in the rainy parts of the world, from sea level up to several hundred meters of altitude. Because of the nature of the regions in which it naturally grows, air carnation leaves are covered with specialized cells called trichomes that are capable of quickly absorbing the water that accumulates on them.
5. Boston fern
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Nephrolepis exaltata is a popular plant to have at home. It’s often grown in hanging pots, which it also likes. It thrives in moist, shady locations, however, when it’s located inside a home it responds best to bright filtered light. Another characteristic of this beautiful plant is that, in addition to possessing dehumidifying properties, it filters chemicals from the air. This can come in handy if you want to purify the air you breathe at home using natural means.
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This popular aromatic plant is excellent when it comes to absorbing humidity at home. Its ability to grow in moist environments and soils makes it the ideal plant to have in gardens, the kitchen, the bathroom, or any other fresh but moist spot at home where it will thrive. In general, mint plants will tolerate a wide range of climate and watering conditions and they can even grow when they’re exposed to the full sun. It grows year-round and can also be used as an ingredient in cooking or when preparing infusions.