Create Your Own Moisture Tray: A Step-by-Step Guide

Create Your Own Moisture Tray: A Step-by-Step Guide
Moisture trays are a simple yet effective way to increase humidity around your beloved plants, such as philodendrons, and keep them thriving. In this step-by-step guide, we'll show you how to make your own moisture tray to provide your plants with the humidity they need to flourish.

Materials You'll Need:

  1. A Shallow Tray: Select a tray that fits comfortably under your plant's pot. It should be waterproof and shallow to hold water without overflowing.
  2. Small Pebbles or Gravel: You'll need enough to create a layer at the bottom of the tray.
  3. Water: Regular tap water or distilled water works well.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials
Before you begin, make sure you have all the necessary materials ready. This will help you complete the project smoothly.

Step 2: Choose a Suitable Tray
Select a shallow tray that matches the size of your plant's pot. Ensure it's clean and free from any contaminants.

Step 3: Add a Layer of Pebbles or Gravel
Place a layer of small pebbles or gravel at the bottom of the tray. This layer will prevent your plant's pot from sitting directly in the water, avoiding root rot.

Step 4: Fill the Tray with Water
Pour water into the tray, filling it to just below the top of the pebble layer. 

Step 5: Place Your Plant on the Tray

Carefully place your philodendron or other plant on top of the pebbles in the tray. Make sure the pot doesn't touch the water directly.

Step 6: Monitor and Maintain

Keep an eye on the water level in the tray and replenish it as needed to maintain humidity around your plant. You can also use a hygrometer to check the humidity level.


Step 7: Enjoy Healthy, Happy Plants

With your moisture tray in place, your philodendron or other houseplants will thrive in the increased humidity, promoting lush growth and beautiful foliage.


Creating a moisture tray is a simple and cost-effective way to elevate the care of your plants. It's especially beneficial for tropical plants like philodendrons that appreciate higher humidity levels. So, go ahead and give your plants the moisture they crave while enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your home or office.

Happy plant parenting!

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