May 22, 2022 7:15 am

Season tips: 4 tips to protect your plants from air conditioning

Plants have become a super deco object when it comes to giving life and warmth to our homes or offices, however in summer, With the use of air conditioning, we must take certain care so that they can develop healthy and beautiful.

Air conditioners cause the air to be too dry and plants could sufferCourtesy of Carina Michelli

Artificially heated closed environments are hard on plants as they produce too much dryness.

More than the cold, most of the time the problem is the sudden change in temperature and the lack of humidity generated by the air conditioning devices.

How to realize if the plants are suffering from the dryness of the environment?

The most obvious solution would be to water them more often. But beware! Excess irrigation in inside plants can cause fungal growth and root rot.

1. Moisten with spray

Spray the leaves to maintain moisture at least once a day
Spray the leaves to maintain moisture at least once a dayCatherine Romero

It is best to keep the soil moist with a water sprayer and try, as far as possible, to move the plants so that the air conditioning currents do not directly affect them.

2. Keep Moisture With Moss

Example of moss that is available in most nurseries.  Before placing it in the pot, it must be hydrated
Example of moss that is available in most nurseries. Before placing it in the pot, it must be hydratedShutterstock

Certain tricks are effective in helping to maintain humidity in plants in closed environments with air conditioning. One of them is Line the soil surface of the pots with moss.

A good idea is to look for sphagnum moss, which is sold dry in nurseries.

Before using it, it must be hydrated by soaking it for 24 hours. After this, the excess water is removed and the soil in the pot is covered with a layer 4/5 cm thick, avoiding the stems of the plant.

The ideal is to keep the moss always moist by spraying it directly with water, never with the watering can or water poured with a glass or a pitcher.

3. Find the place where there is more humidity and group them

Place saucers with a larger diameter than the pots below the plants or place them together to produce the "island effect" It will provide them with the humidity they need, in the case of very dry environments
Placing saucers with a larger diameter than the pots below the plants or placing them together to produce the “island effect” will provide them with the humidity they need, in the case of very dry environmentsCatalina Romero and Inés Clusellas. Garden Magazine Archive.

Try to place the plants where they do not receive direct cold and dry air current..

In addition, if they are grouped you achieve create a small, more humid microclimate.

4. Check the air outlet of the air conditioner

It is important to check that no outdoor plant directly receives the air expelled by the device, as it will be seriously affected.

The same does not happen with the water that the device expels. As it does not contain chlorine or calcium, it is suitable for our plants and can be used.

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Depending on the species, the effect of air conditioning is different

Those plants originating from subtropical regions may be affected by the decrease in ambient TC° and lower ambient RH: Guzmania, Monstera or Adam’s rib, Saintpaulia or African violet, they will look resentful.

On the contrary, according to its adaptation to dry environments: Sansevieria, Aspidistra they will not be affected.

consulted expert: Gabriela Benito, agricultural engineer.

Reference-www.lanacion.com.ar

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