Regular plant misting has many benefits

Plant Misting: The Basics

Regular plant misting has many benefits

Misting your plants is a great way to keep them healthy and hydrated. Not only does it cool them down, but it also provides them with the moisture they need to thrive.

There are two key reasons to mist your plants. Firstly, plant misting helps to reduce stress; plants feel stress with the changes in environment – if the air becomes to dry or they’re exposed to above average heat, this can trigger growth issues and leave them more susceptible to disease. Regular misting helps to creating a constant environment for your plants to thrive. Secondly, misting is beneficial to plant growth as the moisture aids in the plants nutrient absorption which in turn leads to stronger and healthier overall growth. 

Misting can be advantageous to your plants, but only when done properly, with a plant mister. A plant sprayer may seem like a good idea but a mister is specifically created to provide the plant with a low pressure, fine mist. A sprayer may deliver to much water to the plant.

To ensure your plants get the moisture they need without getting overwatered, follow these steps:

  • Misting is best done in the morning or evening when the sun is not at its strongest
  • Avoid misting leaves in direct sunlight as this can cause scorching.
  • Mist each leaf individually, ensuring all the leaves get a good soaking
  • Mist the entire plant, not just the leaves. This will ensure the roots and soil get hydrated as well.
  • Don’t over mist. Too much water can lead to root rot and other fungal diseases.

Just like watering, regular misting is essential for keeping your plants healthy. The frequency of misting will depend on the type of plant, the environment, and the season – you may need to mist more often during hot and humid summer days, for example, especially with tropical houseplants. Keep an eye on the leaves and soil to determine if your plants need extra misting. You should aim to mist your plants 2-3 times a week, in addition to regular watering.

Be aware though that not all plants require or like misting – plants that prefer a drier environment, like succulents, should not be misted. Tropical plants, like ferns, palms and orchids, thrive in a more humid environment. If you’re concerned as to whether you should or shouldn’t be misting your plant, ask your nearest nursery, or look for your specific houseplant online.