Some indoor plants love humidity, even though it is sticky and hot in the air. If you have a bathroom or kitchen windowsill you could put some indoor plants in, you would want to choose plants that do well when there is humidity in the air. Which houseplants do well in humid environments?
17 Houseplants That Need Humidity to Thrive
The bamboo in the Poaceae family, also known as the Bambusoideae, is most happy in the spring and summer, when the temperatures rise. However you can keep the bamboo happy even in the Autumn and Winter by misting the Bamboo every two to three days with water.
In case you don’t have a spray bottle or don’t have plenty of time for misting, then you can use a humidity tray. You can fill a humidity tray with water and stones, then place your plants on top. Your bamboo will appreciate it!
There are few species of philodendron that are suitable for bathrooms given the growing height and width of some of these indoor plants. However, many philodendron species are excellent for rooms that get a lot of sun and humidity.
Which Species of Philodendron like Humidity?
The Philodendron Hederaceum, also known as the Green Heartleaf Philodendron, loves humidity. Although they thrive well in both low and partial light, they are great plants for humid rooms such as bathrooms as long as there is a window that provides some afternoon light.
When the sun is rising, your philodendron should have temperatures of 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but no lower than that. After the sun sets, temperatures can drop to 55 degrees.
Cleaning the leaves of the philodendron with water can help induce humidity, thereby preventing dust accumulation. This is a good thing, since too much grime on the leaves can contribute to reduced photosynthesis.
This list of houseplants that need humidity begins with the fiddle-leaf fig, a member of the Moraceae family that grows in west Africa, where humidity is never in short supply. You can mimic this humidity at home by keeping humidity between 30 and 65 percent.
This range is very wide, so let me explain. If your environment is humid, less humidity indoors is ideal. If you live in an area that’s drier, such as a desert, increase the humidity with a humidifier.
The tillandsia looks great in an indoor garden, hanging in a glass bowl, or growing on a bathroom windowsill. It belongs to the Bromeliaceae family, so you’ll find plenty of species for your indoor garden.
Originally native to 65-percent humidity, tillandsia requires that warm atmosphere to survive, otherwise they become dry from the sun’s intense heat. If you want to grow this plant in your home or office, try to replicate the same degree of humidity.
Devil’s Ivy / Pothos
You may have recently acquired a pot of devil’s ivy or pothos from a friend, and you need to get into a proper care routine right away if you want this houseplant to succeed in growing as fast as it can.
Devil’s ivy prefers temperatures of 60 to 80 degrees with average to high humidity, depending on how dry the air is where you live. Many indoor gardeners have reported thriving with lower humidity, mostly due to the fact that the plant is a patient and resilient one. You shouldn’t completely dehydrate the Devil’s Ivy or it will not last long.
A great ornamental plant for bathrooms and sunny hallways, the Chinese evergreen belongs to the Araceae family, which sprouts oversized, sometimes-colorful leaves. Since this is a tropical plant, humidity is paramount, so make sure you warm up your home or office when necessary.
As long as the humidity in your bathroom is sufficient, the Chinese evergreen will be happy, but you might mist the plant once or twice a week to boost it even further. Some gardeners use pebble trays to increase humidity, so that’s another option.
Swiss Cheese Plant
Monstera deliciosa is one of the most popular houseplant species for a reason. It can grow even bigger than philodendrons, reaching heights of up to 10 feet. Its large holes in the leaves are just as picturesque.
There is no room for a Monstera in most bathrooms, so you’ll have to find a solution for humidity. A humidity tray or humidifier will work, as will misting and cleaning the leaves twice a month. Temperatures should stay around 65 degrees in the bathroom.
In the Bromeliaceae family are the stunning Bromeliads, which bloom in vivid orange, yellow, red, and pink colors. They belonged to an indoor garden and do well in a warm environment such as the bathroom or the kitchen. For bromeliads, I recommend maintaining a relative humidity between 40 and 60 percent. This flower plant species benefits from a humidifier rather than misting, since proper air circulation is also a key factor in caring for it.
Marantaceae family members like the calathea originate from tropical America, which can be explained by its affinity for heat and humidity. Depending on what variety you have, you might have dark leaves with lighter stripes, lighter patches, or even thick, dark borders and bright green centers.
The latter is an especially rare variety!
You should check the variety of your Calathea before adding humidity. Most varieties can get by with a humidity level of 50 percent while others need as much as 60 percent. Humidity trays and humidifiers will add more heat to the calathea’s environment.
Golden cane palms bring a tropical touch to your bathroom or other warm spaces in your home. This Arecaceae family member comes from Madagascar, an East African country. Therefore, you can imagine that areca palms are very accustomed to humidity.
Having the right growing conditions at home can increase the health of your areca palm. You can generate moderate humidity around the palm, and the palm will serve as its own humidifier by soaking up moisture in the air. This will increase the room’s heat, as well as remove toxins.
One of the flowering plants meant for humid climates, the orchid produces gorgeous, fragrant flowers in a variety of colors, including maroon, pink, blue, purple, pale pink, and white. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a blue orchid.
It is hard to provide orchids with too much humidity, which is why you should keep the humidity between 50 and 70 percent during the day. In the summer, you can place orchids in a humidity tray or pebble dish to enhance humidity beyond what the summer temperatures already do.
Bird’s Nest Fern
This list features many epiphytic ferns, and the bird’s nest fern, or Asplenium nidus, is the next on the list. It grows in many warm parts of the world, including east Africa, Hawaii, and Australia. In fact, the bird’s nest fern does well even with a low humidity setting, say 30 to 50 percent. However, the more humid the environment, the happier the bird’s nest fern becomes.
I would recommend misting the fern if you have the time, otherwise you can use a pebble tray or a humidifier. I recommend using distilled water when using any humidifier or you might find yourself cleaning it more frequently than you would like.
Western Sword Fern
For the warmer areas of your house, you might want to consider the western sword fern, aka the Polystichum munitum. This evergreen growing in western North America has long, sword-like leaves that are bright green in color.
Similar to the bird’s nest fern, the western sword fern thrives at relative humidity levels of 30 to 50 percent. Native to its native habitat, however, this fern prefers 75 percent relative humidity, so it’s best to provide the same level of humidity.
Also, I know a few indoor gardeners who place their western sword ferns in two pots to increase moisture, which you might also want to consider.
It’s hard to beat the snake plant when it comes to a bathroom houseplant, which grows throughout West Africa. Snake plants prefer relative humidity between 40 and 50 percent, so it’s very doable at home or work.
Snake plants are also humidity-loving plants, growing faster and taller if you place a humidifier with it. Maintaining the room temperature is also important. The daytime temperature range for snake plants is 60 to 80 degrees, and the nighttime range is 55 to 70 degrees.
In spite of its flowering property, that white bloom that grows is not technically a flower, and the peace lily is not a lily. But this does not make the peace lily any less fun to grow, whether in your bathroom or another warm room.
The minimum humidity requirement for peace lilies is 50 percent, but I wouldn’t recommend you stay at that level too long. Insufficient humidity will cause the leaves to brown at the ends, reducing the chances of seeing the faux white flower.
In the end, we couldn’t forget the spider plant, a long, dangly-leaved plant that’s also known as the ribbon plant. Growing beautifully in pots and hanging baskets, you have lots of options for placing a spider plant around the house.
Make sure the temperature is between 65 and 75 percent and the humidity is at least moderate for the spider plant. If the spider plant’s distinctive leaves start to turn brown, you should add a humidifier to the room, place a small pebble tray underneath or move it to the bathroom.
The humidity of a room is usually associated with summer when the weather is hotter, but many species of houseplants require humidity all year long. The 17 plants I discussed here can be grown in a bathroom, kitchen, or a variety of other warm spaces.
You can also mist these plants with a pebble tray, humidifier, or even a spray bottle to create a humid environment if you have the time.
In the event that you’ve never been able to figure out the ideal humidity for your houseplant, hopefully this post will help. After you’re comfortable with the basics like light and watering, figuring out the humidity will help your plants thrive. Good luck!