How Do Snake Plants Feel About Humidity?
The reason snake plants are so popular is partly because they are easy to grow and hard to kill.
Both require sunlight, but it doesn’t matter how much sunlight or how much water they have.
They thrive in almost any environment. You might look to see if too much humidity is the problem if your snake plant is struggling.
It prefers humidity levels in the range of 40% at room temperature. This tough plant cannot survive at high or low humidity, failing to thrive and perform well. In addition to determining the humidity levels of your home, there are ways to address any problems you find.
Here we have story from Kevin, about his experience about good humidity for snake plant.
Let us hear Kevin’s story
I, for one, had always loved the snake plant. It was a plant that took care of itself…
…and it wasn’t too needy like some other plants out there.
They were unassuming but powerful plants to have around your home or office.
Plus they were so easy to take care of! Well…they used to be easy before this new humidity problem…
…came up in Florida last year and ruined everything for all my houseplants downstairs.
After that I do some research that about it.
There are many ways to care for a snake plant, but one of the most compelling methods is by ensuring the right humidity level.
One way to do this is by placing a humidifier nearby. Another way could be with the use of an organic misting bottle…
…or spraying water on it twice daily with room temperature water.
One last idea would be to place it in a location near something that will hold moisture….
…and not dry out too quickly such as under another piece of furniture or next to your kitchen sink.
The typical home has low humidity, yet many houseplants prefer a more humid environment. Some favorite houseplants come from tropical or subtropical regions where they flourish in the loamy, humid underbrush of a larger forest. These origins mean that these types of plants are poorly acclimated to growing in a typical home.Jon VanZile, Master Gardener.
Here’s the main things that you should know!
Humidity For Snake Plant
Your snake plant may be adversely affected by high humidity.
What does it matter if your house is humid? Here are some ways your plant can be affected.
Schedule For Watering
If your home’s humidity level falls below the recommended level, it is straightforward to adjust your watering schedule.
Problems arise when you have a set schedule and do not take additional factors into consideration.
As an example, if you knew that a snake plant normally only requires watering every few days…
…and proceeded to water it on this schedule.
If the humidity in the area where your plant is growing is high, then you may be under-watering it or over-watering it.
You will need to adjust your watering schedule if the humidity is low. If the humidity is high, you will need to reduce watering.
The humidity in your house is the amount of water vapor in the air so if your home has a higher humidity level…
….than a typical house (tropical climate, homes without air conditioning, etc, then your plant needs less water.
Both overwatering and underwatering have their problems.
Growing Slowly or Not At All
The plant may grow slower or disappear altogether if there is too much humidity.
Plants cannot transpire enough water as a result normal physiological activities are retarded.
Too much humid air or too much water could be the problem.
Yellow or black leaves are a sign of root rot, as are drooping, drooping, or turning yellow. Black leaves indicate decay.
The Snake Plant Needs How Much Humidity?
Snake plants do fine under substandard conditions, but they thrive in a setting with a relative humidity of at least 40%.
The Relative Humidity of a place refers to the amount of water vapor actually present in the air…
….as compared to the total amount of water vapor that is present as a result of the temperature.
Percentage is used to express relative humidity. Warm air tends to have more water vapor or moisture in the air than cold air.
At 30- 40% relative humidity levels, you will find it in nearly all homes and offices that are heated or cooled…
…to be at a comfortable level, or in places where residents have comfortable living conditions.
Therefore, the snake plant can find an ideal setting in any standard office or home.
At warmer temperatures, humidity levels are typically higher. In general, it is best to keep plants in 60-75°F/16-24°C.
It will struggle to survive in extreme cold if your home has fluctuating temperatures like if you turn down…
….or off the heat when you are not home or asleep and turn it up when you are home.
I agree that it needs some humidity and heat.
The Best Way to Measure Humidity in Your Home
I probably need to know how to measure relative humidity in my home if I want to keep this plant in my home and know that 40% relative humidity is optimal for its survival.
A hygrometer is the simplest way to measure indoor humidity. Hygrometers are instruments used to measure humidity in the atmosphere.
The most common hygrometers measure relative humidity and temperature. You can pick one up relatively cheaply if you do not already own one.
My home has a digital hygrometer.
The following is the normal relative humidity of various parts of the house:
|Places Within Home||Normal Humidity Level|
|Bed Room||40% – 50%|
There is always the ice cube test to be used if you do not want to rely on technology or invest in a hygrometer.
The room where you will be keeping the plant will be the best place in which to conduct this test.
Cooking in the kitchen could alter the results as vapors could alter the process.
The bathroom would be another place to avoid since it normally is one of the smallest, warmest, and most humid rooms in the house.
These are the steps to take the test:
- Add a few ice cubes and water to a glass, then set it down.
- Wait 3 – 5 minutes.
- Look at the glass.
- A dry interior air environment can result in no moisture forming on your glass.
The relative humidity in your home is too high if water has condensed on the outside of your glass.
How to Use a Humidity Reader
You may still be interested in getting a humidity reader regardless of the fact that the ice cube test is quick and fun.
A lot of people are also interested in learning how to use one.
A good news is that you’ll be able to get a reading as quickly as possible by using a humidity reader.
Here’s what you need to do to get readings for your plant in whichever part of your house or office you want it.
- Turn it on by finding the power button. The hygrometer will first need to be calibrated for a few seconds to several minutes.
- Select the type of reading that you need (temperature and humidity, for example).
- Make a measurement at the desired location.
There you go. Many spots in your home can be used for readings.
Especially if you will be exposing the plant to partial sun some of the time, and indirect sunlight the other times…
..this is something I would suggest. You might want to take readings at different times to see what kind of differences exist.
For instance, you might want to measure first thing in the morning, peak afternoon, setting sun, and nightfall.
How to grow your snake plant in high humidity
Don’t water too much
A snake plant is a type of succulent, meaning that they do not require a lot of water.
There’s a fine line between too much and too little hydration, and I know that it’s difficult to know.
Here are some ideas for you!
- For example, if you must water your plant-based on a timeline, water the plant once every week, but during winter you only have to water it once a month as the plant goes into hibernation.
- With a higher humidity count in your home, you will need to water the plant far less if you live in a tropical or desert climate. No more than once every week or ten days.
Plant Snake Plants near windows
When the outside temperature is lower than the inside temperature, the humidity outside will typically be lower.
The humidity in the house can be reduced by opening a few inches of the window and letting in some cool air.
When temperatures spike during the summer, you can use air conditioning to keep your snake plant cool and dry.
You could purchase a window air conditioner or a portable room unit if you don’t have central air.
The window may also be opened, but you must use it during specific times.
Most days, early in the morning and late at night, the air is cooler outside than inside.
To lower the humidity temporarily, you can open the window for a short period of time.
You can certainly help with the higher humidity by placing your plant near windows, no matter the season.
See having Snake plant is good choice for you to have! It’s cool, its famous, it’s easy to have and care!
What else do you need? In this pandemic time like this, is a good choice for you to have an new activity…
…and having snake plant is a good choice for you to have!
Last thing for sure. This plant need to be care carefully, remember plant need the “love” too.
Alright that’s all for today! Do you have any questions about all of this?
Or do you want to add some method to increase humidity for snake plant?
Let me know your recommendation from the comment below.
There are still many recent and interesting articles about Snake Plants as well as other unique information…
I hope you can now take care your snake carefully and grow it big!
Thanks for reading this article! Bye!