Monstera deliciosa comes from the tropical jungles of Central America and southern Mexico, where the humidity is much higher than in most of our homes.
So, it makes sense that plants grown inside might need to have their humidity level boosted by humans to keep them looking their best.
Do Monstera deliciosa plants enjoy being humid and misted?Yes! Monsteras aren’t too picky about where they live, but they do like a medium-to-high level of humidity.
If the leaves on your Monstera deliciosa are crunchy or you live in a dry area, it’s a good idea to increase the humidity around it with a humidifier or a pebble tray.
Most of the time, more humidity is a good thing to have, but it’s not necessary to grow a healthy Monstera deliciosa.
But if you want to give your Monstera the best chance to grow into a beautiful plant, creating a humid environment for it will be at the top of the list.
Monsteras in the Wild
Temperatures between 65° and 90° F, humidity between 60% and 80%, and at least six hours of strong, indirect sunlight every day are ideal for Monstera deliciosa.
All of their needs are met in their natural environment, so to keep this plant happy in your home, try to make it as similar to its natural environment as possible.
Ideal Indoor Conditions for Monstera Deliciosa
Monstera deliciosa grows best in warm, tropical places. If you don’t live in a warm, tropical place, the next best thing would be to grow it in a greenhouse or conservatory where you can get as much sun and humidity as possible.
Of course, not everyone has access to a heated greenhouse, and many of us would rather grow houseplants right in the rooms we use the most instead of moving them to a different room or building. Monstera deliciosa can be grown at home, which is good news.
How can you tell if your Monstera plant is being hurt by low humidity? You could see the dried, brown edges of the leaves, especially at the pointy end. You may also find that between waterings, your soil dries out very quickly.
If you have other plants that are more sensitive to humidity levels than a Monstera deliciosa, you are likely to notice problems with those plants before your Monstera does.
It’s important to give Monstera deliciosa lots of light but not direct sun. In most homes, the best place for this plant is next to a bright window. It usually works well at normal temperatures and levels of humidity.
Determining the Humidity Levels in Your Home
You may have noticed that your house’s air is drier in the winter and more humid in the summer, but do you know what the humidity levels are inside? Some homes may have humidity levels below 30% in the winter.
Hygrometers are tools that measure how wet or dry the air is. You can find one at a garden store near you or buy one online. You can choose a high-end model if you want, but a simple digital one that shows the temperature and humidity level usually doesn’t cost much.
Remember that the humidity level in different rooms, or even different parts of the same room, can be very different.
Bathrooms and basements tend to be the most humid rooms in a house. They also tend to have the fewest windows, so they are often not the best places to grow plants.
Quick Ways To Add Humidity to An Area Of Your Home
Increasing the humidity in your home is good for both your plants and the people who live there. Dry air can make your skin and lips chap and build up static electricity in your clothes and hair.
First of all, you’ve probably heard that grouping plants together makes the air more humid. This is a good choice, but it doesn’t work as well as putting more water in the air around your plants.
You can also put a pebble tray under or near plants that like humidity. Just put stones in a bowl or tray and add water until it’s just below the top layer of stones. Then you can put your plants on top of the stones. As the water evaporates, the humidity will rise, which will be good for your plants.
Pebble trays are great because they are easy to make and can use things you might already have around the house. However, the humidity rise is only in the area right around the tray. If the water doesn’t evaporate quickly enough, mould can also start to grow in it.
You can also keep the bathroom door open while you shower (but don’t use the bathroom fan) or boil a pot of water on your stove to increase the humidity in your house.
These are simple options that don’t cost much, but they don’t work very well. A humidifier is the best way to increase humidity in a controlled way that lasts for a long time.
Adding Humidifiers for Increased Humidity
As with so many other things, technology has made it possible to fix low humidity inside. You can buy a humidifier that fits a wide range of needs based on the size of your room, the price, the level of humidity you want, and the features it has.
Even though they all work well and have their pros and cons, I like a warm mist humidifier for my plants because it’s more like the humidity they’d find in nature.
One risk of using humidifiers in your home is that a moisture level of more than 50% could hurt your home, even if your tropical plants would love it.
When there is too much moisture in the air, mould can grow and wood can start to warp, so keep an eye out for these things if you use a humidifier often.
To Mist or Not To Mist
Many people suggest spraying the area around Monstera deliciosa to make it more humid, but does this really work?
Misting is probably more helpful for the people who own the plants than for the plants themselves, since it makes us feel like we’re doing something nice for them.
Using my hygrometer to measure the humidity in my house, I saw that misting had a very short-lived effect on the humidity in the air. After heavy rain for 10 minutes, the humidity was back to normal.
Since the mist evaporates quickly, a person would have to spray the plants many times a day to make a difference. I love my plants, but I don’t want to take care of them this often.
I also notice that spraying leaves wet marks on my plants. This is especially clear on a Monstera deliciosa, which has big, shiny leaves. Not only that, but if the water doesn’t evaporate quickly enough, it may stay on the plant and cause mould or fungus to grow.
Monstera deliciosa is known for being easy to care for, and that includes being able to handle the lower humidity levels we usually have in our homes.
But if you want to do more than just meet your Monstera’s basic needs, you should try to make it more humid.
A pebble tray or misting can temporarily increase humidity, but the best way to keep track of and change the humidity around your plants is to buy a hygrometer and a humidifier.
By increasing the humidity, you can prevent the dry, hard tips on the leaves that come from dry conditions. Your Monstera deliciosa can reach its full, beautiful potential with the help of a humidifier.