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15 Houseplants that Thrive with Humidity

Houseplants that thrive with humidity.

You know the feeling: it’s warm, muggy, and the air has an almost sticky, thick feel to it. This feeling is known as humidity, a condition where the water vapor in the air is at a high and much more concentrated level, which makes the environment feel moist.

While some plants like cacti (and some people) don’t enjoy humidity, there are many houseplants that thrive in these conditions. Check out this list of houseplants that will not just survive in a humid environment but will also thrive.

1. Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)

Bamboo plant in transparent plastic pot.

This beautiful Asian plant is said to bring good luck, and it also absolutely thrives in humidity. Since bamboo hails from the wet climate of Asia, it’s no wonder that it does well indoors as long as it gets plenty of moisture. You can grow bamboo directly in water with no soil required. That makes it one of the world’s most popular humidity-loving houseplants.

  • Sun needs: Bamboo prefers a decent amount of light but keep it out of direct sunlight for the best results.
  • Water: If you’re growing your bamboo in water alone, make sure you use distilled or filtered water and completely change the water every few months. When growing in soil, water it when the top inch of soil is dry, and always use a well-draining container.
  • Why it’s a good fit: Not only does this houseplant thrive in humidity, but it also adds a fun look to any room and is extremely easy to care for with very little attention required.

2. Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrate)

Fiddle Leaf Fig in white pot.

The fiddle leaf fig has grown in popularity over the last few years thanks to its massive, dark green leaves and exotic appearance. This houseplant starts out small, but it quickly grows into a full-size tree with proper care. This gorgeous plant comes from southern and tropical western Africa where humidity levels are high.

  • Sun needs: Keep your fiddle leaf in moderate direct sunlight and rotate it often since it tends to grow towards the light.
  • Water: Never let the soil dry out and try to keep your indoor humidity levels at between 30-65 percent or use a humidifier to keep the plant happy.
  • Why it’s a good fit: This stunning plant is generally easy to care for and as long as it’s watered often and kept in a humid space, it will thrive and can grow up to 10 feet tall.

3. Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens)

Areca Palm in white ceramic pot.

This beautiful houseplant is actually considered an endangered species in Madagascar. As a houseplant, it adds a luscious, tropical look to any space. The areca palm has a smooth trunk that almost looks like bamboo, but its narrow fronds fan out, making it look more like an actual palm tree. You can grow these plants outdoors and inside, as long as conditions are humid enough.

  • Sun needs: The areca palm prefers bright, filtered sunlight. Keep it near a south or west-facing window for best results or put it outside in direct sunlight for a few hours per day.
  • Water: This humidity-loving houseplant thrives in moist soil, but be very careful to avoid overwatering or waterlogging the plant.
  • Why it’s a good fit: If you live in a generally warm and humid region, your areca palm will thrive as long as it’s kept in the sun and properly watered.

4. Bromeliad (Bromeliaceae; Juss family)

A beautiful orange Bromeliad plant in pot.

These vibrant, colorful houseplants have thick green foliage and almost fluorescent-looking, brightly colored flowers. The flower of your bromeliad can vary from vibrant yellow to hot pink, depending on the species. Not only does this houseplant thrive in humidity, but it instantly adds color and visual interest to a room, too.

  • Sun needs: The bromeliad likes medium to bright sunlight when grown indoors.
  • Water: Since this plant loves humidity, keep its pot in a saucer filled with water to increase moisture. Mist the leaves regularly and watch it thrive.
  • Why it’s a good fit: You don’t need to grow your bromeliad in a pot. They get moisture from their leaves, so attaching them to a rock or log is another unique way to grow and display them, as long as they’re regularly misted or kept in a humid environment.

5. Snake plant (Dracaena trifasciata)

Snake plant in clay pot near a windowsill.

This unique (and also very popular) houseplant grows tall, spiky variegated leaves in colors of light yellow to deep, dark green. When placed in a pot, the snake plant can get rather tall, with some reaching as high as eight feet. Since this plant is native to Nigeria, it’s no surprise that it absolutely thrives in humid conditions.

  • Sun needs: Keep your snake plant in full shade to partial sun. Too much direct sunlight will stunt its growth and cause the thick leaves to become weak or yellow.
  • Water: Although it likes humidity, the snake plant can suffer from overwatering. Always make sure the soil is dry between waterings for the best results.
  • Why it’s a good fit: Because the snake plant is easy to care for, it makes an excellent houseplant that does best in USDA zones 9-11.

6. Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus)

Bird’s Nest Fern in red pot on house corner.

The bird’s nest fern is native to the tropical regions of Africa, Asia, Australia, and Hawaii. The plant is often found growing in palm trees, but it will also thrive as a houseplant when kept in the right environment. The tropical-like fronds look like banana leaves and feature a light, bright green color with a crinkled, wavy texture.

  • Sun needs: Your bird’s nest fern will do best in medium to bright indirect sunlight, but it can also tolerate lower light, too.
  • Water: Water this houseplant every one to two weeks and always water the soil around it, avoiding the center area of the plant. Keep it in a room with high humidity or use a humidifier to help it thrive.
  • Why it’s a good fit: This lovely plant is easy to take care of and does tremendously well in warm, humid climates with fairly infrequent watering.

7. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Peace Lily plant in pot on office table.

The peace lily has an unmistakable look with its slender, tall stems that grow upward and hold a crisp white “flower” that is actually just an extension of its leaves. This classic houseplant loves humidity, but it’s important to note that it is not a pet-friendly plant, so avoid it if you have cats or dogs at home. It needs at least 50 percent humidity to thrive or else its leaves will begin to curl and turn brown.

  • Sun needs: This gorgeous houseplant likes medium to low light, which makes it a great addition to a bathroom where conditions tend to be darker and more humid.
  • Water: Check the soil weekly for dampness. If it feels dry to the touch, go ahead and water it. Avoid overwatering and make sure the plant is in a pot with good drainage.
  • Why it’s a good fit: Not only does this houseplant look beautiful, but it’s also very low maintenance when kept in the right conditions.

8. Orchid (Orchidaceae)

Two pot of pink and white Orchids on the kitchen.

There’s something mysterious and magical about the orchid flower. This gorgeous plant actually grows on the bark of trees, so it’s an unusual houseplant that not only adds color to your home but also intrigue. Keep your orchid in a humid environment and it should produce stunning blooms. Keep in mind that orchids go dormant in winter but still need regular misting to keep them alive until spring arrives.

  • Sun needs: Orchids do best in at least six hours of indirect yet bright sunlight, so try to keep it near an east-facing window.
  • Water: Give the orchid water at least every five to seven days and place the plant on top of a dish filled with some moist gravel to keep humidity levels high.
  • Why it’s a good fit: Not only does this plant thrive in humidity, but it’s also a visually stunning flower that brings beauty and color to any room or to office space.

9. Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera adansonii)

Swiss Cheese plant in two woven pot.

This unusual houseplant has large, heart-shaped leaves with holes that develop as the plant matures, explaining how it got its name. Part of the monstera family, the Swiss cheese plant is a charming addition to a living space, office, or kitchen. This tropical houseplant loves humidity and grows quickly, but it can be managed indoors by keeping it in a small to medium-sized pot.

  • Sun needs: Although it’s a tropical plant, the Swiss cheese plant should be kept in bright but indirect sunlight to prevent burning the foliage.
  • Water: Keep this houseplant consistently moist and check the soil every other day for dryness. If it’s extremely dry, soak the soil and let the water drain to keep it well-watered.
  • Why it’s a good fit: If you live in USDA zones 10-12, this houseplant is a great choice. With a little bit of daily, bright sunlight and regular watering, it does quite well indoors.

10. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)

Chinese Evergreen in woven pot.

This lively houseplant is a great option for beginners, or for people who don’t have time to fuss over their houseplants.

The Chinese evergreen is sturdy, easy to grow, and can tolerate almost any indoor condition with a display of rich green leaves patterned with soft pink and silver. If it gets enough light, it will also produce Cala-lily style blooms for a unique touch. Please note that this houseplant is toxic to pets, so avoid it if you have animals at home.

  • Sun needs: This houseplant can tolerate both low to bright light, although it tends to thrive when it’s in medium to bright light.
  • Water: Water your Chinese evergreen every two weeks or so and it should do just fine. This drought-tolerant houseplant is beautiful and easy to care for, although it does prefer a more humid environment.
  • Why it’s a good fit: If your home is fairly warm and you keep your humidity levels between 60-70 percent, your Chinese evergreen will grow to a height of up to three feet tall and a width of up to four feet wide.

11. Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)

Aloe Vera plant in round pot on terrace.

Aloe vera is a succulent that absolutely loves humidity. This spiky green plant has additional benefits including skin-soothing and moisturizing properties. It doesn’t require a lot of repotting and actually does best when it remains in a tight container, making it easy to care for once it becomes established.

Place it on a windowsill for a charming accent in your kitchen or living space.

  • Sun needs: Keep your aloe vera in a bright, sunny room with plenty of light and it should thrive.
  • Water: Water the plant heavily every two weeks and allow the soil to dry out in between waterings. Too much water can cause root rot since the aloe vera is a desert dweller.
  • Why it’s a good fit: While aloe vera does just fine in dry climates, it tends to grow faster and become heartier in areas with higher levels of humidity.

12. Western Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)

Western Sword Fern in outside ground.

You may see this plant growing abundantly on the forest floors of the Pacific Northwest. That’s because the western sword fern absolutely loves a very moist and humid environment. You can also grow this soft green fern indoors as a houseplant. Not only is it beautiful and easy to care for, but it’s also a pet-friendly houseplant.

  • Sun needs: This fern prefers filtered light to partial shade and partial sun. Too much bright or direct sunlight can cause its leaves to wither.
  • Water: Give your western sword fern water at least once per week, and never let the soil dry out. Remember, this houseplant loves evenly moist soil.
  • Why it’s a good fit: Since this houseplant adores humidity, it’s a great addition to your bathroom to add a little bit of life and greenery.

13. Calathea (Marantaceae)

Calathea in blue isolated background.

Calathea is a beautiful, pet-friendly houseplant that has striking, striped patterned foliage. This unique plant comes from the tropics of Brazil where the leaves are used to make handmade items like baskets and to wrap food. There are several versions of this plant, and each species produces its own unique pattern on the leaves to add color and vibrancy to your home.

  • Sun needs: Keep your calathea in medium to bright indirect light, although they can tolerate low indirect light as well.
  • Water: This houseplant prefers to be watered every one to two weeks. Let the soil dry out halfway in between waterings, and water it more often if you keep it in brighter, more direct light.
  • Why it’s a good fit: If you live in a humid climate, your calathea will thrive. Use a mister or humidifier if you need to increase the indoor humidity in your home.

14. Alocasia (Araceae)

Alocasia in ceramic black pot.

This unusual houseplant is a popular option due to its visually striking foliage. There are approximately 80 different species of alocasia and it’s native to subtropical Asia and parts of Australia. Certain alocasia plants can grow leaves up to three feet long, making them a terrific addition to an empty corner or a larger living area.

  • Sun needs: This houseplant loves bright, indirect light. It grows on the forest floor under the tree canopy, so keep it out of direct sunlight or else the leaves will burn.
  • Water: Although this plant loves humidity, it doesn’t like to be overwatered. Only water when the soil feels dry, and place it on a dish with moist gravel to keep humidity levels high.
  • Why it’s a good fit: This is one unique houseplant that will definitely be a conversation starter. Keep it away from your air vents or AC unit so that it stays moist and doesn’t dry out.

15. Dracaena (Dracaena reflexa)

Dracaena in black plastic pot with stand.

The dracaena is a popular ornamental houseplant that can be grown indoors and outdoors in subtropical climates. When grown indoors, it can get as high as three feet. With its bushy look and glossy leaves, it’s a fun, charming houseplant that adds beauty to your foyer, living room, or office space.

  • Sun needs: This lovely plant likes filtered indoor light, so put it in front of a sunny window with a sheer curtain, and it should thrive. Do not place it in direct sun or the rays can burn the foliage.
  • Water: Mist the leaves of your dracaena with water and keep the soil lightly moist but never waterlogged. Put this houseplant in a pot with good drainage and allow the first inch or so of the soil to dry out before you water it.
  • Why it’s a good fit: Once established, this houseplant will add a lively element to your home and it does great with regular misting and watering.

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