Now that the temperature has dropped, lots of us are having to battle with increased amounts of condensation in our homes on windows and even on walls. However, if you're a houseplant fan, the good news is there are plants that can help tackle damp and condensation.
There are plenty of effective ways to get rid of damp in your home, the best option is to invest in the best dehumidifier you can, and make sure you heat and ventilate your home properly. However, if you love playing around with houseplant ideas, did you know that houseplants can also play a role in reducing damp too?
Best houseplants for reducing condensation and damp
Condensation on windows or damp walls is caused by excess indoor humidity, since some plants absorb moisture from the air, they can be used as a natural way to combat this.
Shannen Godwin, gardening expert at J Parker's, explains, 'Some plants can help you reduce the humidity in your home by absorbing moisture from the air, especially during the cold season. Place these plants in areas where condensation is likely to occur, such as near windows or walls.'
So which indoor plants are actually best at absorbing moisture from the air to battle condensation? We spoke to experts to round up the best houseplant to buy to aid the humidity levels in your home.
1. Spider plant
This popular houseplant, with its long, white and green tendrils, is not only one of the best plants for the bedroom, but it may also be something you already have in your home because of how low maintenance they are.
Mark Lane, Stannah's gardening expert, and BBC Gardeners’ World presenter explains that they are also particularly efficient at eliminating damp, too. 'Spider plants are excellent for absorbing excess moisture and improving indoor air quality,' he says. 'They are also easy to care for and adapt well to different conditions.'
So if you’re new to houseplants, this could be a great place to start! If your already have a spider plant you could try growing spider plant babies so you can dot them around other rooms that might need it.
2. Chinese evergreen
'Chinese evergreens, also known as Aglaonema, are effective at reducing humidity levels, making them a great choice for homes where condensation is a concern,' Mark explains.
Not only is the Chinese evergreen plant easy to grow and good for reducing humidity levels, but it’s also one of the best plants for limiting toxins in your home; it’s said to be excellent at cleansing your home of things like formaldehyde for example, which is often emitted from furniture or sofas. Similarly, it's said to be one of the most unkillable houseplants around – ideal for those who don't have much luck keeping plants alive...
3. Peace lily
There are a myriad of benefits to owning a peace lily plant, not least the pretty white flowers they produce. But, Mark says, they’re also ideal for promoting a healthier environment in your home.
'Otherwise known as Spathiphyllum, Peace lilies are known for their air-purifying qualities, and can effectively reduce humidity by releasing moisture through their leaves. They're also very visually appealing.'
If you’re keen to pick one up, it’s worth bearing a few things in mind in order to care for a peace lily properly. 'They prefer indirect light and moist soil, but be careful not to overwater them. They are also toxic to pets, so keep them out of reach,' Shannen warns.
4. Aloe vera
Aloe Vera has long been popular as a medicinal plant, with the gel inside it often used for cuts, scrapes or burns. However, it can be just as good an option for your home as it is for your health, Shannen says. 'Aloe vera is a succulent plant that can absorb moisture and reduce humidity in your home,' she explains.
However, it does need a little consideration when it comes to its care, or if you're wondering how to propagate an aloe vera plant properly. 'It needs bright light and well-drained soil, but water sparingly. It is also safe for pets and humans,' Shannen explains.
5. Boston fern
Boston ferns are famed for their lush, green leaves, but Millie Durbak of Prestige Flowers says that that's not all they’re good for, sharing that they can effectively eliminate moisture in the air. 'Boston ferns also thrive in warm and moist environments so are great for bathrooms, and have the added bonus of looking great,' she continues. 'For the best results you will probably need more than one, though.'
For nervous or novice plant owners, Morris Hankinson, Founder and Managing Director at Hopes Grove Nurseries, also reassured us that they are a solid option.
'Boston Fern (or Nephrolepsis) is another classic houseplant that is undemanding in both maintenance and the amount of sunlight required,' he says.
6. Snake plant
Finally, the much-loved snake plant will also prove to be an effective warrior against damp and condensation, Shannen and Millie say. Shannen told us, 'They can absorb moisture and remove harmful chemicals from the air, which is fantastic.'
Millie agrees, saying that they should thrive in areas like the bathroom, too, if you're wondering how to care for a snake plant. 'Snake plants, also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, also survive well in humid environments, making them a good choice if you want to try them out.'
And that’s not all; Millie says that they 'are also hardy and require very little maintenance,' making them another win-win option for new plant owners.
What is the best plant to absorb moisture in the air?
The peace lily and boston fern are two of the best plants for absorb moisture in the air. However a surprise small plant for removing excess moisture is an air plant or Tillandsia. These little plants can't get being watered and don't live in soil, but the reason for this is that they draw moisture from the air instead.
While we wouldn't recommend popping one in your bathroom to help with condensation, it could help in other rooms in the house to minimise condensation.
Do remember that houseplants can only help ease a humidity problem in your home. If you are tackling a serious damp problem, invest in a dehumidifier and speak to professional to get it sorted early.
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Amy Hunt is an experienced digital journalist and editor, now working in a freelance capacity specialising in homes and interiors, wellness, travel and careers. She was previously Lifestyle Editor at woman&home, overseeing the homes, books and features sections of the website. Having worked in the industry for over eight years, she has contributed to a range of publications including Ideal Home, Livingetc, T3,Goodto, Woman, Woman’s Own, and Red magazine.
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