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Create a Moist Microclimate for Your House Plants with a Humidity Tray

Create a Moist Microclimate for Your House Plants with a Humidity Tray

by Carolyn Hasenfratz

My home contains multiple aquariums and house plants and I have a humidifier, so you’d think I have plenty of moisture in the house but even I would like a little more humidity to help my dry skin and other irritations that only happen in the winter. Many of our house plants, if they are not succulents or cacti for example, come from humid tropical climates and if you have those type of plants you might want to increase the humidity in their environment. Adding moisture to the whole home has some benefits but if you add too much you could have condensation issues. The house I grew up in always had rivers of condensation coming off the windows in winter (or blocks of ice). We did what we could to soak up the moisture with towels if it was excessive but those kind of conditions can be destructive to the area around your windows and cause mold to grow.

One way to help your plants without making the whole house into a rain forest is to create a tiny microclimate by filling a waterproof tray with gravel, moistening the gravel and setting your humidity loving house plants in it. Keep the bottoms of the pots above the water level so they don’t sit in water. Moisture will come up from the tray and if you group the humidity-loving plants together they will help keep each other moist with their transpiration. A boot tray from Schnarr’s is a great size and shape for a plant tray. We also have some small bags of decorative rock if you need some.

By Carolyn Hasenfratz Winkelmann

Carolyn was raised in a DIY household. From an early age she was encouraged to try everything from baking to soldering. These days she enjoys paper crafts, mixed media crafts, sewing, ceramics, mosaics, gardening, making things out of wood, home decor projects and upcycling found items into useable and decorative objects.

In the past Carolyn has worked in the retail, web design, and marketing fields. She now works part time at Schnarr's as a cashier, helps with the store's marketing efforts, writes her own blog and craft tutorials, and teaches craft classes. Carolyn’s father introduced her to hardware stores, his tools, and the “stuff stash” that every DIYer collects. It’s no surprise that time spent at Schnarr’s makes her giddy in the presence of things you can use to create! She still loves working on projects with her Dad and it's a treat to make a joint trip to the hardware store!

Carolyn is excited for the opportunity to help Schnarr's customers enrich their lives with creative and fun projects. She wants as many people as possible to experience the joy that DIY projects have brought to her life.

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