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Top 10 houseplants for your bathroom

by Plants for all Seasons 10 Jan 2022 0 Comments

It can be tricky to make your bathroom look like a nice, inviting space but, the addition of houseplants can make a huge difference. For tropical houseplants, the fluctuating temperature and constant humidity can provide the perfect environment for plants to survive and even thrive.

Whilst there are many plants that cannot survive in these conditions, if you find plants that enjoy the warm, humid environment that the bathroom has to offer, they will do extremely well.

When you’re choosing plants for your bathroom think of their native environment and if it’s a tropical environment, the chances are it will love your bathroom. Choosing the right plant is essential so here’s a list of the top 10 plants for your bathroom.

1. Pothos

Pothos are extremely easy to care so, if you’re a complete plant beginner and want to brighten up your bathroom with a little bit of greenery, this is the perfect plant. On the other hand, if you’re a seasoned plant parent, this plant will be an easy addition to your collection.

Pothos prefer moderate to low, indirect light so you could put this plant on your bathroom shelf. These plants are trailing and are prolific growers so you’ll have a beautiful trailing plant from your bathroom shelf in no time.

Whilst the bathroom can provide plants with extra moisture, Pothos don’t necessarily need it but they will tolerate low light levels and irregular watering.

2. Fiddle Leaf Fig

The Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata) loves warm and wet conditions so is the perfect plant to make a statement in your bathroom. It’s available in a range of sizes so is suitable whether you have a large or small bathroom.

They have a reputation for being hard to care for but they’re more resilient than many think, especially when they’re kept in the bathroom!

Fiddle Leaf Figs need bright light consistently so, if you’ve got a bathroom with no windows, this probably isn’t the best plant. They love to be kept moist but make sure they’re planted in a well draining soil. If they’re left to sit in water for too long, the roots will start to rot and the plant will die.

3. Snake Plant

The Snake Plant (Sansevieria) is almost impossible to kill which makes it perfect for any bathroom and any plant lover, whether experienced or a novice.

It will grow much faster if it’s kept in a room with bright light but, if your bathroom is darker, it will still live and survive but you’ll find the growth much slower.

The beauty of this plant is that is can tolerate desert-like conditions so it won’t mind if you forget to water it every now and again! They thrive on neglect so if you forget about your plants occasionally, this is probably the best plant for your bathroom.

4. Dumb Cane

Dumb Cane (also known as Diffenbachia) is another easy to care for, minimal maintenance plant that’s perfect for any bathroom and any plant lover. In fact, it’s one of the easiest species of houseplants to care for.

These plants only need to be watered when the soil’s dry a few inches below the surface and do not need much sunlight to grow so if you have minimal natural light in your bathroom, this probably a good choice.

5. Alocasia

Alocasia LOVE high humidity environments which is perfect if you want to put them in your bathroom. They’re a bit harder to care for than other plants so, if you tend to forget about them, it’s better to avoid these.

They like bright, indirect light and will provide an eye-catching addition to your bathroom.

6. Monstera Deliciosa

Monstera Deliciosa can adapt to most conditions so they’re a fairly easy plant to care for. If you ever want to move them out of your bathroom, they would still be able to survive in other rooms around your house.

They can survive in low light conditions but will thrive best in bright, indirect light. They can also handle a range of humidity levels so the bathroom shouldn’t be a problem for Monstera Deliciosa. They’re also available in a range of sizes too so there’s something for every bathroom!

7. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a classic choice for experienced plant lovers and novices alike. It’s an extremely hardy plant and nearly impossible to kill.

It will survive in both high and low light conditions and is great at absorbing moisture, making the bathroom the perfect environment. Remember that overwatering is one of the only factors that can kill Aloe Vera so make sure you don’t over do it! A good indicator is when the top couple of inches of soil goes dry.

Aloe Vera also produces shoots which you can pot on and grow as smaller plants.

8. Dracaena

When growing Dracaena, high humidity is key, which is perfect for the bathroom! These plants will survive in low light conditions but will thrive best in medium to bright indirect sunlight.

The best thing about Dracaena is that there are lots of varieties to choose from.

9. Bromeliad

Bromeliad plants feature a bright flower so not only will they add greenery to your bathroom, they will also add a splash of colour!

These plants thrive in medium to bright indirect sunlight so would prefer a brighter bathroom. They like to stay moist so they absolutely love a humid bathroom where the humidity levels are naturally higher.

Bromeliad will tolerate dryness too so should be able to bounce back fairly quickly even if you forget to water them.

10. Philodendron Scandens

Also known as a Heart Leaf Philodendron, this plant doesn’t need too much light to thrive so will grow in a low light bathroom. Whilst it will tolerate dry conditions, it prefers to be kept in damp soil so you will need to remember to water it occasionally. It’s a plant for beginner plant lovers so, if you’re new to plant ownership and you’re not sure what to choose, this one is a good choice!

This plant absolutely loves the humidity a bathroom can offer and, as a trailing plant, you could train it to trail across your windowsill.

What should you consider when choosing bathroom plants?

The list above provides something for everyone but, if you can’t see the plant you want in the list above, there are a few factors to consider to decide whether or not the plant you choose would thrive in your bathroom.

  • Choose plants that can cope with wide temperature fluctuations

  • Can tolerate low light levels if your bathroom is darker

  • Make sure plants are not placed where water directly hits them such as the floor of your shower

  • Choose plants that thrive in high humidity and tolerate moistness

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