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Five easy ways to improve humidity

Browning or wilting leaves? Chances are the air in your home is too dry for your plants. Here are five easy ways to increase humidity.
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All plant leaves have numerous, tiny pores: so-called stomata. Through the stomata, and with the help of chloroplasts, plants extract carbon dioxide from the air to feed themselves. The plant needs water and sunlight as energy to perform what is essentially a chemical reaction: aka photosynthesis. Its results is the exhalation of oxygen. But plants also transpire water in this process. The dryer the air in their environment, the more water they sweat. This means that the water will need to be replaced, either by watering more frequently or to increase humidity by other means.

Do your plants suffer from browning or wilting leaves? Chances are the air in your home is too dry. Here are five easy ways to increase the humidity for your plants.

Plants are a tropical species. As such they love warm, humid environments. Humidity is the amount of water vapor present in the air. In tropical spheres, air humidity typically runs in the 60-65 percent range. In northern hemispheres, especially in winter in closed, heated rooms, humidity rarely reaches 30 percent. This not only dries out your skin, but also presents a serious challenge for the health of our plants.

Plants lose humidity in photosynthesis

All plant leaves have numerous, tiny pores, so-called Stomata. Through the Stomata, and with the help of chloroplasts chloroplasts are tiny oganic cells which capture the energy from sunlight, convert and store it – similar to our blood cells

, plants extract the carbon dioxide from the air to feed themselves. During this process, the plant combines carbon dioxide with water which allows the plant to take what it needs for food. The plant uses sunlight as energy to perform this chemical reaction, which ends with the exhalation of CO2 in the photosynthesis. But they also transpire water in the process. And the dryer the air in their environment, the more water they “sweat”. This means that the water will need to be replaced, either by watering more frequently or to increase humidity by other means.  A lack of humidity can dehydrate the chloroplasts, leading to the plant eventually wilting and ding.

Humid environments also help plants to absorb airborne nutrients from the atmosphere, which in the tropical forest often evaporate from the soil surface.

Creating a humid environment – easy solutions for every budget

Creating a humid environment in your home doesn’t just benefit your plants. It also keeps you skin moist and reduces the transmission of airborne diseases. And it doesn’t need to be expensive. Here are five easy and fun solutions for every budget.

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