The 5 Best Houseplants That Thrive in Humidity, Experts Say

1. Peace Lily

These flowering plants are native to the tropical rainforests of South America, so they feel right at home in humid spaces. "Peace lilies love humidity because their stomata, the tiny openings in the leaf surface, are more open in humid conditions, which enables better gas exchange and allows them to photosynthesize more effectively, leading to healthier and faster growth," explains Tony O'Neill, a gardening expert, educator, and founder of Simplify Gardening.

2. Boston Fern

Boston ferns look just as fabulous in hanging pots as they do in standing ones. The plant is native to the tropics, which explains its love for humidity.

"It can be an excellent choice for rooms with moisture or if you live in a naturally humid climate," says Stephen Sullivan, plant expert and editor of Plant Native. "They have adapted to absorb moisture from the air and thrive in environments where humidity ranges from 50 percent to 80 percent."

3. Chinese Evergreen

Another plant that's native to the tropics, the Chinese evergreen grows leathery leaves in shades of green, silver, and red. "It not only adds beauty to your home but also helps to purify the air," says Andrew Laurier, gardening expert and editor of Be.Green.

4. Philodendron

Philodendrons are one of the most popular low-maintenance plants—so definitely opt for this humidity-lover if you're new to plant parenthood. "They come in various shapes and sizes, making them versatile for different indoor spaces," says Laurier. Plus, they can adapt to many light situations, just don't place them in direct sunlight, which can scorch their leaves. Water your philodendron when the soil gets dry—you don't want to overwater these guys, as it can cause root rot.

5. Orchids

The last humidity-proof plant also produces flowers. "Orchids are exquisite and elegant plants, which are known for their tropical vibes, that thrive in humid environments," says Jane Hart, a floral expert at FloraQueen."High humidity levels help these plants absorb moisture through their aerial roots and maintain their lush foliage."

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