Plant Won’t Suffocate Inside a Bag

Don’t worry that your plant will suffocate inside a sealed plastic bag: remember that plants recycle the air they breathe, absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen during the day and absorbing oxygen and producing carbon dioxide at night. That means the air inside the bag will easily support their healthy growth.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

4 comments on “Plant Won’t Suffocate Inside a Bag

  1. Good to remember. But what about mould? Fungi ? I seem to remember somewhere that (some?) plants need airflow to thrive? Not sure why but could lack of airflow cause problems like mould and fungi ? (Love your blog! Always so helpful and full of interesting information.)

    • Some plants do need moving air (some tillandsias, for example), but they’re rare exceptions. Most plants thrive “under plastic”. Mould and fungi could maybe infest dead or dying plant parts which it would be wise to remove before bagging up plants. They’re not too likely on healthy parts.

      • Wonderful! Thanks again for taking the time to explain to a confused houseplant owner.

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