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Environmental humidity

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Question: environmental humidity


I have a dragon tree and a spoonbill in the living room.
Fairly good light temperature 18-21, humidity around 33-35%. The dragon tree has problems with dry ends of the leaves. The spatifillo has new, slightly crumpled fog. Water and fertilizer as per instructions. I'm afraid the problem is poor air humidity. How can I work around it? can the spraying of leaves with sprayer make up for?

Answer: environmental humidity


Dear Mario,
the problems manifested by your plants are unfortunately common to most plants housed at home, especially during the winter: domestic heating, a fireplace in the living room, the temosifoni turned on for many hours; they are all elements that dry the air inside a house very much; and in summer fans and air conditioners do the same thing.
Unfortunately plants, most of the plants grown in the apartment, like a very humid air, with percentages of humidity that exceed at least 50%.
To avoid this inconvenience some stratagems are practiced, which should improve the situation; provided you move the plants from a direct heat source: so we always avoid placing a houseplant near the radiator, the fireplace, the fan ...
To say it seems easy, but often in our homes the place available for a plant, and sufficiently bright, is often next to the window, and also to the radiator; in addition to this, underfloor heating systems are spreading, which in addition to drying the air, heat the soil of the plants: in this case it is essential to let the designer indicate the location of the heat points inside the rooms, to avoid place the jars in contact with one of them.
Once this has been done, to increase the environmental humidity we generally proceed by often vaporizing the foliage of the plants, using a nebulizer, which will create a large cloud of water in very fine droplets around the plant; the water should be demineralized, because otherwise it happens that the foliage is stained with the limestone present in the tap water of the house.
Another method to increase environmental humidity is to place the pots in a large saucer, or in a larger cachepot than the pot, on the bottom of which we will always keep a few centimeters of water; to avoid that the vase is always immersed in water, it is sufficient to lift it from the surface of our mini pond with expanded clay, a material that is not expensive and easy to find in the nursery.
It is clear that all the facsimiles of this condition are indicated: often in garden centers there are vases up to a meter high, of crystal, filled up to half (or more) with sand or small pebbles, on which beautiful orchid plants are placed; as well as an aesthetic requirement, these vessels also compensate for the lack of humidity in the air, in fact in the glass jar we can place an incredible amount of water, without drowning the orchid.
The water left in these containers evaporates naturally, increasing the environmental humidity.
Clear that if we have more plants at home, placing them all in these conditions and placing them all close together, the result will certainly be better for the humidity of the air.
In the case of very hot apartments, with active heating or air conditioning systems, real cold humidifiers are also used, which constantly release a large quantity of water into the air.