Plants 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.

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

5 comments on “Plants Won’t Suffocate Inside a Bag

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  3. 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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