House Plants That Like Humidity
An abundant, healthy fern can liven up even the most mundane room in the house, your bathroom. That's because ferns like humidity. House plants add beauty and variation to any room. Yet every species has its own needs, so its important for homeowners to do research on a house plant before purchasing it. Some house plants thrive in humid conditions, which make them a good choice for areas like the bathroom. Species of fern and aralia do well in humidity, while homeowners that want a more colorful plant should try the Rex Begonia, Zebra plant or Caladium.
The Zebra plant, a native of Brazil and part of the acanthus family, is a humidity-loving plant that needs bright light, constant moisture and average to warmer temperatures--at night it should not fall below 65 degrees. These plants naturally flower in the fall, but gardeners can induce blooms throughout the year with the right amount of light. Spikes should be removed after blooming.
Maidenhair Ferns thrive best during spring and fall in humid conditions. Gardeners should keep them moist, and ensure they get moderate to bright light. Maidenhair ferns do best in average household temperatures, (70 to 80 degrees). Gardeners can divide the creeping rhizomes, which usually appear in the spring, to grow more plants. The bird's nest fern and staghorn fern are two other related species that also thrive in humidity and average temperatures.
Caladium are South American plants that like bright light but not direct sunshine. Along with humidity, they need high temperatures to thrive, and their environment should not dip below 75 degrees in the summer, although they can survive some cooler nights-below 60 in the winter. They come in five color varieties that mix green, pink and white.
The Rex Begonia is a humidity-loving plant that needs bright light but not direct sun. It enjoys average household temperatures that do not dip below 60 degrees at night. It is known for its colorful leaves which are often streaked with white, purple, yellow and pink, but many other color combinations are available. Gardeners can grow new plants from cuttings, but if they attempt to do so with seeds, there is no guarantee that the new plant will have the same color patterns as the parent.
The Ming Aralia, which hail from southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, like bright light and extra humidity. They do best in warmer temperatures and cannot survive for long if their environment dips below 60 degrees at night. These plants can grow to several feet but cutting can keep their size down. The parsley aralia cultivar thrives in tiny bonsai pots and will only grow about one foot in a decade.