Misting your plants — all you need to know
For a long time, misting indoor plants has been a contentious topic among plant lovers and experts.Many growers and plant lovers believe in the benefits of misting plants.
However, some experts are of the opinion that misting plants can help spread pests or diseases.In essence, misting plants is a way to raise the humidity in their surroundings. But there is no dearth of people who feel misting will not make much difference if the plants are in a dry environment. The water droplets on the leaves of the plants will evaporate too quickly to provide any benefits.
So, the best solution is to ensure that your plants get the moisture they need by misting both the soil and the leaves.
Before we get into the details, let’s discuss which plants need misting, as not every plant in your house needs misting.
Misting can be especially beneficial for plants that usually grow in humid areas, such as tropical or subtropical regions.
These plants can be difficult to maintain in air-conditioned homes that can get very dry. It is also not possible to grow such plants in extremely dry climates. So, people living in such climates find it difficult to make tropical plants thrive.
Misting your plants is something you should do despite all the doubts and apprehensions around this practice. It will make a difference to your mood. It’s a great way to relax, observe your plants more closely, and notice problems.
Regular misting is an amazing way to help plants with yellow or brown tips and crisp edges. Alocasias, Marantas, Peace Lilies, and Marantas are all great examples. The symptoms of low humidity are very similar to those of over-watering or under-watering, with yellow tips and edges and brown edges.
We have so far only talked about plants that need high humidity. Misting would definitely be beneficial for such plants. But we haven’t talked about plants that don’t want to be misted.All cacti, drought-tolerant plants, and most succulents hate to be misted. These plants, however, are not the only ones that don’t tolerate high humidity levels; there are many others.
Some plants should not be misted due to their fuzzy foliage texture. The African Violet is a great example.
Here are some plants that benefit from misting and others that don’t. Although this is by no means a complete list, it includes many common houseplants.
The plants that love being misted—
- Monsteras and other Philodendrons
- Norfolk Island pine
- Ficus Lyrata
- Peace Lily or Spathiphyllum
- Chinese Money or Pilea Peperomioides
- Arrowhead Plant or Nephthytis
- Zebra Plant or Aphelandra
- Wax Plant or Hoya
- African Mask or Alocasia
Plants that don’t like being misted—
- Spider Plant or Chlorophytum Comosum
- Any Cacti
- Aloe Vera
- African violet or Streptocarpus
- Jade Plant or Crassula Ovata
- Ponytail Palm or BeaucarneaRecurvata
- Snake Plant or Sansevierias
- ZZ Plant or ZamiolculcasZamiifolia
Misting according to the environmental conditions—
If your climate is characterized by high humidity around the year and if it’s humid, despite having air conditioning and heating on, then you don’t really need misting. If, however, you want to mist your plants, mist them only occasionally.
Plant watering and misting needs can vary greatly depending upon your climate and the type of plant.
When air conditioning is activated during hot summer days, the humidity drops drastically, and plants require watering once and missing twice every week.
During the winter season, when it’s cold and dry, humidity inside the house automatically drops. This necessitates that you water your plants every other week and mist them twice per week.
However, when the humidity inside the house is moderate during months when it’s not too hot or cold outside, plants only need to be watered once in two weeks or so. During this time, you can continue misting your plants twice a week, especially tropical plants. And if you are misting the tropicals twice a week, they will probably need watering every other week.
So, there is no set amount of time. It all depends on the season, plant location, and plant type.
It’s easy to tell if your plant lacks humidity. If the top inch of the soil feels dry, it is time for misting. It might also be an indication that your plants need watering depending on their environment and hydration preference.
Misting plants can help increase their hydration levels. It is a smarter alternative to overwatering them. If you find yourself in a hurry to water your plants too much, you can just take the watering can and start misting more often. Make sure you also cover the soil, not just the leaves, if you do have a tendency to overwater.
Misting should be done based on the hydration requirements of plants, as well as the weather conditions. Besides, you should always adjust your watering routine according to the amount of misting your plants receive. This is because proper hydration is vital for your plants’ health and growth.