Plants that absorb moisture

The accumulation of humidity in the home is an evil that, unfortunately, we often have to face. Not all flats or houses enjoy an ideal orientation or adequate light and ventilation conditions, so it is very common to find homes with a marked tendency to accumulate humidity in the environment. This excess humidity, in addition to causing bad odors, can be very harmful to health, as it encourages the multiplication of bacteria and the appearance of fungi or mold. The latter can be especially dangerous for people with respiratory conditions or problems and, in addition, fungi can act as an aggravating factor for allergies. However, a natural problem can also be fought with a natural solution: dehumidifying plants. They can be excellent allies in the fight against humidity at home, which will also beautify our home and improve its conditions.

If you are wondering what to do to remove humidity from the rooms of your house and want to learn more about anti-humidity plants for indoors , and also for outdoors, join us in this Green Ecology article in which we show you 20 plants that absorb humidity from the ambient.

Lily of peace

The peace lily or spatiphile is a type of plant in the Araceae family that comprises more than 30 species. It is a tropical plant native to some parts of America, such as the Caribbean, that does not withstand frost or currents, so it is common to grow it indoors. It does not need much lighting and has the ability to absorb moisture through its leaves , making it a great option for rooms without many hours of light. If its leaves turn brown, it is a sign that the plant needs more watering, a more protected location or a supply of compost.

Moisture Absorbing Plants - Peace Lily

Spider plant or ribbon

The spider plant , also known as love loop, ribbon, malamadre or its scientific name, Chlorophytum comosum , is another of the very popular indoor plants for its ability to absorb environmental humidity, absorbing much of the water that it produces from the air. needs. In addition to being one of the plants that absorb condensation from the water and, therefore, if it is in a humid area it does not need much watering, it does not require much light or it does not have demanding care and, in addition, it is capable of purifying formaldehyde in the environment.

Moisture Absorbing Plants - Spider or Ribbon Plant

Tillandsias

Like all epiphytic plants , tillandsia absorbs moisture in the environment to hydrate itself, since it does not have roots to attach to the soil to extract nutrients or water from it. It is one of the plants with the greatest dehumidification capacity , and as we do not need substrate we have much more freedom to locate it. Also known as air carnations , these plants of the bromeliad family are easy to grow, requiring only the occasional contribution of specific fertilizer, very little watering and some spraying in dry environments.

Moisture Absorbing Plants - Tillandsias

Calathea

The Calatheas , as are tropical plants, need a moist environment to thrive, which means they are also able to absorb a considerable amount of moisture around.

Due to their low light requirements and their demand for moisture, these striking plants with colorful and exceptionally eye-catching leaves are one of the most popular moisture-absorbing plants for the bathroom . 

Moisture Absorbing Plants - Calathea

Bamboo palm

The bamboo palm or bamboo palm , with the scientific name Chamaedorea seifrizii , is a plant that has its origin in Central America and Mexico, well known for its ability not only to absorb environmental humidity , but to purify the air .

In its natural environment it reaches heights of up to 3 meters, although indoors it grows much less. Find a moist, shady location for it, and keep it covered from frost.

Moisture Absorbing Plants - Bamboo Palm

Mint

Mints , well known as aromatic plants, are also excellent as plants that absorb moisture from the soil . Their ability to grow in shady or semi-shady areas and their great demand for water makes them ideal for turning humid areas of a garden into a green corner with a very pleasant smell. Likewise, they also absorb a lot of humidity from the environment, so it is also ideal to have in the kitchen, bathroom or living room. In addition, if you grow your own mint you can also use it as a cooking ingredient or infusions.

Moisture Absorbing Plants - Mint

Niaouli or Melaleuca quinquenervia

Melaleuca are a genus of shrubs and trees native to Australia and Oceania. The Melaleuca quinquenervia specifically, or Niaouli , is known for being one of the trees that absorb moisture more effectively, being very useful in soils with excess water or waterlogged.

It reaches heights of up to 20 or 25 meters, although it can be pruned without problems to control its growth. Its essential oil is highly valued in the cosmetic industry.

Moisture Absorbing Plants - Niaouli or Melaleuca quinquenervia

English ivy

The English ivy , scientific name Hedera helix , is a climbing originating in areas in southern Europe and northern Africa and Asia.

Indoors it is common to grow it in hanging pots so that it does not cling to the walls, which could damage. Placed in the air and high up, the climbing ivy will help keep the air clean of moisture and impurities, making it difficult for mold to grow.

Moisture Absorbing Plants - English Ivy

Other plants that absorb moisture

After seeing in detail some of the indoor air purifying plants, which help eliminate excess humidity and impurities from the environment, we show you more names of plants that absorb humidity from the environment so that you have more to choose from when decorating your home.

  • Boston fern
  • Maidenhair fern
  • Babylonian fern
  • Chamaedorea elegans
  • Coffee grower
  • Orchids
  • Dracaena or Brazilian trunk
  • Lucky bamboo
  • Red dogwood
  • Soleirolia soleirolii
  • Holly
  • Peperomias

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