Putting plants in your bathroom is not only possible, but is also an excellent way to dress up your bathroom. Bathrooms are often the perfect environment for tropical houseplants, and the typically low light and high humidity are ideal for many houseplants.
There are lots of good reasons to have indoor plants, even plants in the bathroom. They are beautiful, uplifting to look at and be around and they serve a practical purpose in keeping your home environment clean and healthy.
Houseplants improve the air quality in your home by cleaning the toxins from the air. While it’s advisable to have houseplants in every room, it is especially good to have them in the bathroom.
Even if your bathroom is dark and windowless, and even if you are a terrible plant keeper, you can have success by keeping the right plants in your bathroom.
Let’s look at some of the best bathroom plant choices:
1. Aloe Vera
The aloe plant just keeps on giving! Not only is it known as the ‘plant of immortality’ because it is so difficult to kill, it is an incredibly useful plant to have around the home.
Aloe vera juice is bursting with vitamins and minerals, while the gel can be used as a topical treatment for minor cuts and burns, insect bites, dry skin and more.
This striking and healing plant should be placed close to the bathroom window and, because of its low water requirements, the humidity alone may meet most of its water needs!
Lucky bamboo needs very little light to grow, and should be placed in low, indirect light. It doesn’t even need any soil – simply pop the stalk into a container filled with pebbles and water. Change the water every two to four weeks.
Be warned that this is a fast growing plant, but you can curtail its growth by providing a physical barrier (such as a recessed shelf) or by shaping it regularly.
These pretty blooms do well indoors. In fact, in many climates, they must be overwintered inside – with the bathroom being one of the best locations to do just this.
Begonias do best in fluorescent lighting, although they can survive when placed in window locations too (the exception being north-facing windows). They also require daily bathroom humidity or regular misting.
Dracaena plants, or dragon plants, are fantastic air purifiers which come in over 40 varieties.
This undemanding plant prefers light shade as its leaves will scorch if too bright; and a level of humidity not generally found in most rooms. Therefore, by placing your dragon plant in the bathroom, the lighting and humidity will prevent brown leaf tip and keep its greenery bright and flawless.
5. Snake Plant
Also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, the leaves of the snake plant grow upright, and feature yellow or white edging.
One of the hardiest houseplants, the snake plant can survive low light levels and is flexible in terms of heat and water.
The snake plant also filters some nasty household toxins from the bathroom air – including formaldehyde which can be found in cleaning products, tile grout, adhesives, and even some cosmetics!
6. Spider Plant
Spider plants are the gift that keeps on giving. As long as you place it in a fairly well-lit room, this little piece of greenery will remove impurities like formaldehyde and carbon monoxide from the air in the moist environment. Plus it will also continually sprout new buds that you can re-pot or give away.
Just make sure to water once or twice a week and place it in front of your bathroom window if it receives medium light throughout the day. If the window is continually bathed in sunlight (lucky you!), simply place just out of direct sunlight.
Orchids are tropical plants that flourish in heavy, humid environments. The indoor air flow of your bathroom provides just that, especially if you’re a fan of toasty showers.
While many gardeners complain that these blooms are temperamental, the real trick is that you simply need to stick them on a bathroom windowsill. The indirect sunlight will keep it happy in its wet environment.