Condensation consists of water droplets that form when water vapor in warm air hits a cool surface (such as a window or wall). Plants affect indoor air quality in many ways. Can your indoor garden reduce water vapor?
“Although plants can contribute to better indoor air quality by increasing humidity levels, they don’t directly eliminate condensation,” says Paris Lallicata, plant expert at The Sill.
“Condensation is usually a result of temperature differences between indoor and outdoor environments, and can occur on surfaces such as windows and mirrors.
“However, by choosing houseplants that thrive in humid conditions and improving overall air circulation, you can indirectly help reduce condensation.”
1. English Ivy (Hedera Helix)
Known for growing abundantly in cool, dark, and humid conditions, English Ivy can be a useful plant in your indoor air improvement arsenal. Although you would likely need several plants to make any effect.
“English Ivy is known for its ability to absorb excess moisture from the air,” says George Brown, founder of Urban Leafy. “This property makes it particularly useful in rooms where condensation is a problem.” You can definitely consider it as one of the best houseplants for bathrooms.
“By absorbing moisture, it can help lower the level of humidity in the air, thus reducing the potential for condensation on surfaces such as windows and walls.”
2. Snake Plant (Sansevieria)
Snake plant care is relatively easy, making it one of our favorite low-maintenance houseplants; However, snake plant is also beneficial for indoor air quality. Their unusual way of photosynthesis means they release oxygen at night, unlike most other plants, which release carbon dioxide.
“Snake Plant is an excellent choice for managing indoor humidity levels,” says George. “It absorbs moisture from the air during the night, which can help reduce overall humidity levels.”
“This absorption can be particularly useful in preventing condensation build-up. Additionally, its air-purifying properties contribute to a healthier indoor environment.
3. Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
Boston ferns hail from the tropics and love moist spaces, so they are often placed in bathrooms, where they tend to grow. As denizens of the forest floor, they also prefer dim or indirect light.
Whether ferns actually eliminate condensation or are plants that can prevent mold is up for debate. However, they will absorb moisture from the air, which in turn may reduce water vapor, which can lead to condensation.
“Boston ferns act as natural humidifiers, but their role in condensation management is more about purifying the air and regulating humidity,” says George. “In areas such as bathrooms, where humidity levels can fluctuate greatly, Boston fern can help maintain a more stable humidity level, reducing the risk of condensation buildup.”
“Boston ferns have soft leaf fronds that will use the water around them in order to keep those delicate leaves happy and prevent them from drying out,” adds Tamara Hogan, plant expert at Fast Growing Trees.
“Often, if you keep a plant in an area that tends to collect condensation, it’s an area with higher humidity and plants like ferns like those environments.”
4. Spider plant (Chlorophytum)
Not only are spider plants one of the best houseplants for beginners and easy to propagate, they have a number of practical advantages as well. From purifying the air to absorbing moisture, these plants will improve your indoor environment in multiple ways.
“Spider plants can handle being in a wide range of environments indoors,” says Tamara Hogan. “When it comes to areas with high humidity, they are able to absorb water vapor and return it to their roots.
“Spider plants are great at this because they send out runner shoots in order to propagate the baby plants. Since they do this in the air, the more humid environment allows them to grow those babies and even start sending out air roots that will absorb that water.”
“It’s a good example of a plant that helps with densification by effectively using that moisture to its advantage.” Keep their environment bright with access to water vapor.
5. Areca palm
Areca Palms give a room appeal and elegance, and may help absorb excess water vapor as well.
“It’s easy to overwater a palm tree indoors, because we want to take care of it and give it all the support it needs,” says Tamara Hogan. “But when it comes to removing condensation, this is a great way to mitigate the need for plants like areca to be constantly watered.”
‘With their thin, long, pointed leaves, these plants are susceptible to drying out, especially on the tips of their leaves. By absorbing water in the air, it helps support newer growth at the end of their leaves. So keep your areca palm in a bright area with access to moisture.’
American Plant Exchange Arica Palm
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