Incorporating house plants into the bathroom is a great way to make your bathroom feel lush with greenery and provide that spa factor without the spa factor price. They improve the air quality of your home and help eliminate all those toxins found in harsh cleaning chemicals. Bathrooms are one of the trickiest of places for plants to flourish due to the rapid changes in temperature, humidity levels and usually limited space.
Not only is the ever-changing temperature and humidity levels a factor but many bathrooms have limited light with either small windows or none at all which can limit the range of plants that would be suitable to thrive in such a space.
Due to these every changing and limiting requirements some of the best plants that can be used are those that can sit on a high shelf, windowsill or hanging from the ceiling.
With these points in mind, let’s look at 10 of the best bathroom plant choices:
1. Boston Fern, Nephrolepis exaltata
A popular variety of fern with frilly leaves and long, hanging fronds, the Boston fern is native to sub-tropical and tropical rain forests.
It grows best when placed on a windowsill or in a position which receives lots of indirect light. – Popular for hanging baskets with lush and arching foliage giving it a graceful look. They prefer slightly humid conditions and moist soil.
2. Dracaena, Dracaena marginata
This undemanding plant prefers indirect light; and a level of humidity not generally found in most rooms. Therefore, by placing your Dracaena plant in the bathroom, the lighting and humidity will prevent brown leaf tip and keep its greenery bright and flawless. It’s also great as you can select the height of this lovely plant is adaptable to the space available.
3. Spider Plant, Chlorophytum comosum
This plant can grow in a wide range of conditions and can live for years, it requires little in the way of care and they work well in bathrooms. Able to withstand both full sun or shade this is one adaptable plant that is brilliant at cleaning the air of toxins. Allow the top layer of the soil to dry out between watering.
4. Moth Orchid, Phalaenopsis spp.
Give your bathroom a luxury spa feels with the addition of a subtle yet elegant orchid plant that will thrive in indirect sunlight. This plant will provide beautiful annual blooms when in adequate light; while the high humidity conditions of the bathroom mirrors the flower’s natural environment, making its perfect fit. It’s also a relatively compact plant great for smaller rooms, where it can be perched on the corner of the bathtub or next to the sink.
5. ZZ Plant, Zamioculcas zamiifolia
With beautiful oval-shaped glossy leaves, the ZZ plant will bring a fresh and vibrant feeling to any bathroom. This pre-historic flora can also handle a wide range of humidity and light. Looking almost unreal this is one plant that will sure be difficult to kill in most indoor conditions.
6. Foxtail Fern, Asparagus aethiopicus
The “asparagus fern”, though not a true fern, has earned the name due to its fern like appearance. They like direct, natural light so a window is desirable, but a full spectrum grow light will also work.
They enjoy humidity and can handle changes in temperature, they also need regular watering and misting.
7. Snake Plant, Sanseviera trifasciata
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!
8. Staghorn Ferns, Platycerium superbum
Staghorn ferns are epiphytic plants which are good low-care candidates for a humid bathroom setting with low-to-moderate lighting. These types of plants do not need soil to thrive. In nature, they attach themselves to trees via very shallow roots and glean all their moisture and nourishment from the surrounding air. For this reason, they do need ample humidity and/or daily misting. Staghorn ferns are also brilliant for limited space bathrooms as they can be hung against the wall just like a living piece of art.
9. Dragon Wing Begonia, Begonia x hybrida
With lovely bright blooms and vibrant green glossy leaves, the dragon wing begonia is ideal for bathroom conditions. Begonias do well in fluorescent lighting if your bathroom happens to have limited lighting, though they do produce better blooms when placed in window locations. They also require daily bathroom humidity or regular misting.
10. Golden Pathos, Epipremnum aureum
With marbled green and yellow heart-shaped leaves hanging elegantly, they are able to adapt and enhance almost any environment. Whether it’s trailing off a bookshelf or acting as a privacy screen in a window this is one plant perfect for an indoor hanging planter. Takes low or bright light and doesn’t mind the occasional waterlogging or neglect. The variegated foliage can provide a colourful accent to your bathroom.