Small plants for bathrooms

It’s not uncommon to see houseplants in the kitchen, living room, or bedroom. So why is it so odd to see plants in the bathroom? It shouldn’t be. Your steamy shower is a friend to the best bathroom plants that won’t wilt in the humid bathroom.

In fact, much of nature’s flora thrives in the low-light, humid environment of the bathroom. Plus, having a little greenery will certainly help spice up your decor as well as help purify the air. However, if you have pets, be wary of the plants you choose to decorate your space as some houseplants can be toxic to dogs and cats. To check out which are toxic, use this list. Here are the 10 best plants for the perfect environment.

1. Spider Plant

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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.

2. Bamboo

Lucky bamboo is a natural oddity. It can grow in almost any light level and with no soil! All you need is a few pebbles and water for this zen plant to take root. Just make sure to keep its container full of water so this low-light plant stays hydrated.

3. Orchid

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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.

4. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a must in any house. If you’re going to grow it in the bathroom though, just make sure that you place it in a sunny window. It needs more than a little light to grow to its fullest potential.

While it looks beautiful, it is also incredibly useful if you need immediate relief from sunburns, cuts, or bug bites.

5. Cast Iron Plant

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These indoor plants were extremely popular in the Victorian era. Probably because both cast iron plants (or aspidistra) and the Victorians loved austerity. This super hardy plant can tolerate almost anything, including your bathroom. For best results, let the soil dry out completely between waterings.

This super hardy plant can tolerate almost anything, including your bathroom. For best results, let the soil dry out completely between waterings. Stick those potted plants on a high shelf and they’ll do most of the work.

6. Peace Lily

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Peace lilies are lush and beautiful. Useful because their leaves filter the air, producing better air quality if you want to make sure it blooms, too, keep it in low light and keep the soil damp.

They thrive in filtered light, and a low-light bathroom is an ideal spot.

7. Boston Fern

Ferns naturally grow in the outdoor equivalent of a bathroom. They love low light and high humidity, the exact conditions of most bathrooms. That means you can easily grow a beautiful plant with very little maintenance.

In fact, this is one of those shower plants that would gladly share the space with you. The natural humidity of daily showers does the trick of keeping it lush.

8. Snake Plant

Snake Plants, also known as “mother-in-law’s tongue”, are extremely low-maintenance. Simply stick it into a bathroom and watch it thrive. As a bonus, this plant will filter out the formaldehyde that is often found in cleaning products and toilet paper.

9. Azalea

Azaleas may have the most beautiful blooms out of all bathroom flowers. Coming in purple, white, pink, and red, these flowers are the perfect way to give your bathroom some color as they thrive in warm, humid environments.

10. Ivy

Ivy is beautiful, but not always a good idea on the outside of the house. Inside a bathroom, however, it can scale the walls or the metal pipes framing the tub. You can even hang it up high and let the leaves droop down and the sunlight filter through its greenery.

11. Guzmania Bromeliad

Look at this beauty! It thrives in bright light. Direct sunlight is not needed.

12. Ficus Lyrata

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A fiddle leaf fig is a perfect houseplant for bathrooms and bedrooms. Since it loves bright indirect light, you can enjoy this plant next to your sink in your roomy bathroom.

13. Corn Plant

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I’d say the leaves on this plant are kind of dramatic! I love it though. This air-purifying plant requires minimal care.

14. Chinese Evergreen

A sturdy plant is a great addition to smaller bathrooms. These plants remain healthy for long periods of time.

15. Cyclamen

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Probably after orchids, cyclamens are my most cherished plants. What’s not to love!? In bloom for months, like cool temps of my house, and have exquisite scent.

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Add a pop of color to your bathroom with cyclamens. I may have to order myself one to keep my bathroom feeling warm and cheery during the holidays.

16. Parlor Palm

Here’s another sturdy plant that’s perfect for tight spaces.

17. Philodendron

Place this gorgeous plant on a windowsill for an accent piece. The green shiny leaves sure do put me in a great mood just looking at them. It’s the perfect finish for a squeaky clean bathroom.

18. Dwarf Citrus Plant

Keep your bathroom smelling nice and clean with a citrus plant. You can’t go wrong with a natural clean smell to cover up those harsh bathroom cleaners.

19. Nerve Plant

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Details, details! The silver nerve plant adds a unique pattern to your bathroom decor.

20. ZZ Plant

I love the direction that the leaves rest in. This is the perfect plant for a care-free decor theme. They do have unique growing patterns, so be prepared for a beautiful pattern you haven’t seen yet.

This post was originally published on June 5, 2019.

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11 Plants That’ll Survive (& Thrive) in Your Tiny Bathroom

If you ask me, you should have a plant (or two) in every room of your home—kitchen plants, dining room plants, bedroom plants, and don’t forget bathroom plants! After all, they look beautiful, boost your mood, and clean up the air, so why wouldn’t you spread them all through your home?

If you’re in the midst of turning your home into an indoor jungle, you might be stuck on what types of plants work in the bathroom. (Especially if you live in New York, and are stuck with one that’s both tiny and dark.) The general trick here is to choose plants that enjoy high humidity, because, of course, your shower puts tons of extra moisture into the air. In particular, here are 11 plants that will thrive in your teeny bathroom!

If Your Bathroom Is Light and Bright

Arguably one the most important factors to consider when choosing a plant for your bathroom is how much light it gets.

If the room has windows (or a skylight) and is generally quite bright—for instance, if you don’t have to turn the lights on to use the mirror during the day—then you’ll need a light-loving plant for the space.


Heartleaf Philodendrons are great for the bathroom, but not for your pets Photo by James Ransom

Heartleaf philodendrons are easy to take care of because they show you exactly what they need. If their leaves are turning brown, they need more water, and if they’re turning yellow, they need less. However, this may not be the right option for you if you have pets, as they’re toxic to animals.


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These beautiful flowers love the damp environment of bathrooms (Some people even go as far as to put them in the shower), but they do need bright, indirect light to thrive.


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Airplants are basically tropical plants, and they absorb moisture through their leaves, making them a great choice for the bathroom. Because these cool plants don’t need soil, you can place them all around your space—no pots necessary.

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These fun, colorful plants will love the high humidity of your bathroom. Just make sure to water the plant via its “tank”—the central part of the leaves, which serves as a reservoir.

Staghorn fern

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These cool ferns absorb moisture through their leaves, so they make a great addition to a high-humidity bathroom. Because they usually grow on the sides of trees, they’re happiest when mounted to a board or are hanging in a basket.

Fiddle leaf fig

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While incredibly popular on Instagram, fiddle leaf fig trees are notoriously finicky, and as such, we’d really only recommend them to more experienced plant parents. Because they’re a tropical plant, they’ll actually do better in a bathroom with a lot of light and humidity than in a regular air-conditioned room.

If Your Bathroom Gets Minimal Light

On the other hand, some bathrooms only get a few hours of light through smaller windows. If this sounds like yours, you’ll need a low-light plant that won’t be bothered by the lack of sunshine.

Spider plants

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Spider plants are my absolute darlings. They’re happy pretty much wherever I put them, and they’re unfazed when my cat gives them dramatic haircuts. Hang them in your bathroom, and they’ll soon be sprouting little babies for you to give to your friends.


People actually make bath mats out of moss, because it’s so soft on your toes and will happily soak up the water from your shower. You can also put moss in the pots of other plants, or in cute bathroom terrariums.

Peace lily

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These guys are another favorite of mine as they can be placed just about anywhere. They also wilt dramatically when they need to be watered, making caregiving so easy. You’ll walk in to find them laying on the ground, but then they perk right back up again once they’ve had a drink.

ZZ plant

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If you’re a self-proclaimed brown thumb, you could probably keep a ZZ plant alive. These hardy, low-light plants can tolerate a lot of neglect, so they’ll happily live in a somewhat dark bathroom. Just don’t let your pets chew on them, as they’re toxic when ingested.

Snake plant

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What to Do if There’s *No* Light

Finally, there are bathrooms like mine, which have neither windows nor natural light. Despite what some people might tell you, no plants can live on artificial light alone—after all, they use sunlight to make food, so no window means no sustenance.

However, that doesn’t mean your bathroom is doomed to be a barren, plantless tundra. There are two options: First, buy some fake plants! Personally, I love getting fake versions of plants that I can’t seem to keep alive. Right now, there’s a fake orchid in my bathroom, and I’ve placed it high up on a shelf so you can’t even tell it’s fake (unless you stand on the toilet).

The other option—brought to you courtesy of my plant-guru mother—is to rotate low-light plants into your bathroom for a short time. For instance, you could have a snake plant that you let live in the bathroom for a week, and then swap it out with a peace lily. On their “off weeks,” put these plants in brighter locations so they can soak up the sun. This lets you have real greenery in your lightless bathroom without starving the poor plants of sunlight!

What plants do you manage to grow in your bathroom? Tell us in the comments below!

Here are seven great examples of simple ways to include plants in your bathroom, with style.

1. Zanzibar plant

Possibly the easiest plant to grow indoors, this lush plant is a burst of waxy-leaved lime green on long, strong stems and will tolerate low light, so doesn’t even need to sit near your bathroom window.

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2. Zygocactus

Schlumbergera bridgesii is hard to say but easy to look at. Another lime green fleshy leaf structure, look lovely all year round draping down from a window or high shelf and will even give a burst of colour in Autumn and Winter when flowering. Take care not to put them in a space where they’ll be knocked as the stems tend to break easily.

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3. Phalaenopsis orchid

Another lover of indirect sunlight, an orchid loves a high humidity environment so does well in a bathroom with only a little natural light. Very low maintenance, sit one on your vanity for a touch of elegance or group a few together in a rustic container. Keep the roots damp but not wet.

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4. Boston fern

In terms of hanging plants, this is a low-maintenance wonder! Perfect in every kind of pot – from a hanging basket to a large pot stand, this feathery fern drapes beautifully and is one of the best plants to bring into your humid bathroom as it loves a little misting and needs minimal care. Try an oversized specimen in a small bathroom for maximum va-va-voom!

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5. Peace lily

Another indoor plant that’s practically impossible to kill, the peace lily thrives in indirect light and, due to its generous wide leaves, works hard at air-purifying whilst looking lush and fabulous. The ultimate chameleon, the peace lily is equally at home potted in a blue and white chinoiserie ceramic pot or as part of a display of other tropical plants.

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6. Japanese maple

Not strictly indoors, this is a terrific way to get the best of both worlds – growing a plant outdoors, yet enjoying it from inside the bathroom. This floor-to-ceiling glass window allows the timber, tree and textures into the bathroom whilst it basks in the bright light of sunshine in a secluded courtyard.

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7. Peperomia

Lovely for a little texture and colour, peperomia is easy to grow indoors, depending on the light levels. Away from direct sunlight, they fare well, though don’t like to be too wet so work best in a well-ventilated bathroom. Choose foliages in darker greens and even reds to mix up the colour display in your bathroom.

Other examples to bring into your bathroom space are Sansevieria (aka snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue), air plants and spider plants.

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10 indoor plants that are perfect for your bathroom

Shelley Ferguson rounds up some expert advice from The Botanist’s Eden Hessell on which indoor plants will love living in this moisture-rich room

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Plants add interest, texture and colour to your bathroom – they even purify the air. But not all houseplants are happy living in a moist environment. Superstar florist Eden Hessell helps us to weed through our options by rounding up 10 plants that are sure to thrive in your bathroom.

Donkey’s tail

This easy-care succulent native to Mexico features long, hanging stems of thick, blue-green leaves that overlap like the hair on a Donkey’s tail. The cascading stems mean this plant looks gorgeous in a hanging basket in any bathroom. This plant needs light, not much watering, and does well in basic humidity.

String of pearl

Another easy-care succulent, String Of Pearls unique seaweed-like beads trail over hanging baskets, creating an interesting focal point hanging in a bathroom. This drought-tolerant plant likes bright, indirect light and well-drained soil – like any succulent it won’t survive overwatering.

Baby’s tear

This bright green delicate creeping herb trails prettily over wall-mounted planters or hanging baskets. It prefers shade and moisture, making it ideal for bathrooms with low levels of natural light.

Moth orchid

One of the easiest orchids to grow, moth orchids like low light, enjoy the same temperatures we do, and like a bit of humidity. If you look after them well, they’ll reward you with beautiful blooms for several months and add exotic elegance to your bathroom.

Peace lily

Peace lilies look beautiful potted in bathrooms, are easy to care for, and also act as effective air purifiers. They like low to medium light and don’t like to be overwatered, so if you forget about them for a week they’ll still reward you with great looks. Their lush green leaves and white flowers look lush in bathrooms featuring eclectic designs and rich wood.

Fiddle leaf fig

This lush, large-leaf beauty is a sought after statement plant in the interior world. It likes bright indirect light (meaning lots of light but not sun streaming on it), and needs watering once a week. Because of its size, this plant can add scale and interest to large bathrooms, and transform dead space in an unused corner.

Staghorn fern

The Staghorn’s unique foliage resembles deer antlers, and can be wired to timber and used as a wall feature to add structure and form to a modern or masculine bathroom. It’s hard to kill, likes low to medium indirect light, and only requires watering every couple of weeks if potted, or the root ball soaked if wall-mounted.

Mother-in-law’s tongue

The marbled green, strong and structured leaves of this popular houseplant look right at home in a bathroom with Mid-century design influences. Otherwise known as the Snake plant, it only needs watering every 2-3 weeks, likes low to bright indirect light, and will thrive in steamy bathroom conditions.

Asparagus fern

These plants are one of the fastest growing, least demanding and easy care house plants around. They appreciate higher humidity and grow best in bright indirect light making them a great choice for well-lit bathrooms. They can even be trained to cascade down from a hanging planter or grow vine-like up a pole.

Mistletoe cactus

This tropical succulent is native to rainforests in Florida, Mexico and Brazil. While most cacti are found in hot, sunny, arid zones, mistletoe cactus enjoys moisture and dim light so it’s perfectly happy in a bathroom mounted on a piece of bark like an orchid or potted in a good cactus mix.

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Here are a few tips to help you choose the right plants for your bathroom conditions:

  • If you have a bathroom with minimal lighting then the best plants for the shower include Aloe-vera, bamboo, orchids, spider plants, heartleaf philodendrons, or Boston ferns. These plants typically need minimal light to grow and some such as aloe-vera also don’t need a lot of water and the humidity from your shower may be enough to sustain it.

  • If lighting isn’t an issue because you have a bathroom that receives lots of natural lighting from a large window then you have more choices for plants. Some of the plants recommended include air plants, gardenias, azaleas, or asparagus ferns.

  • If you’re prone to taking hot showers that produce a lot of humidity, then you should consider a plant that can not only survive in those conditions but also improve them. Some of the most desirable plants that absorb humidity include bamboo, chinese evergreen, english ivy, or gerbera daisy. If choosing bamboo it’s important to remember that it can grow rather quickly so you’ll need to tend to it by shaping it or providing a barrier to stunt its growth.

Turning your home into a full-on Zen space is one of the biggest wellness trends of 2018—think Himalayan salt lamps, meditation nooks, and healing crystal-inspired home decor. Another way to embrace a healthy home? Shower plants—ones that clean the air, eliminate bacteria, and never need to be watered because they, you know, live in your shower. These guys turn boring subway tile into a lush, almost tropical escape.

Shower plants not only help to clean the air, but also thrive in warm and humid climates—perfect for the bathroom.

And that’s probably exactly why they’re trending right now. A team at Pinterest found that searches for the term “shower plants” was up a massive 302 percent since last year. According to Megan Schrimmer, the director of merchandise at ProPlants, the popularity is undoubtedly due in part to the double duty shower plants pull. “Plants, such as those in our Breathe Happier Collection, not only help to clean the air, but also thrive in warm and humid climates,” says Schrimmer, just like your bathroom. “These often tropical plant varietals aren’t as ‘thirsty’ as others, so depending on just how humid your bathroom is, you may be able to cut back on watering them to save time,” she says.

Look for tropical plants like ferns, orchids, bromeliads, bamboo, and other greenery like philodendron and sansevieria to decorate the bathroom with, along with air plants. “Just make sure the air plants are allowed to completely dry every day, otherwise the roots will rot,” says Schrimmer. Surprisingly, rotting roots are exactly why you shouldn’t keep succulents in the bathroom, she explains, because the moisture from the air can actually be too much for these kind of cacti.

“You’ve got to check in with your plants and gauge how much watering they need in addition to the extra humidity they’re getting from the bathroom.”

“You’ve got to check in with your plants and gauge how much watering they need in addition to the extra humidity they’re getting from the bathroom,” says Schrimmer. “An easy way to check is to insert your pointer finger to the first knuckle deep into the plant’s soil. If it feels dry, time to break out the watering can.”

Easy enough, right? Considering the slew of health and aesthetic benefits shower plants provide, you’d better believe I’m turning my own bathroom into a full-blown garden ASAP. For now, though, I’m getting my ideas from—where else?—Pinterest.

11 Plants That Will Grow Better in Your Bathroom

There’s a trick to keeping houseplants thriving in dryer climates: It’s the bathroom. The typical low light, high humidity, and warmth of the bathroom is exactly what most tropical plants are missing in their lives. So if your houseplants are struggling, gather them up and put them in the tub.

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Orchids, while a tad bit on the temperamental side, pack so much tropical punch—after all, they keep their gorgeous flowers for months on end. The damp, warm conditions in most bathrooms are a perfect environment for these pretty plants, which grow in bark instead of soil and prefer for that material to be damp but not wet. Some easier-care varieties of orchids include Dendrobium, Phalaenopsis, and Paphiopedilums, which will all do well with bright, filtered bathroom window light.

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Golden Pothos

One of the most popular indoor vining plants is pothos, or Epipremnum aureum. It comes in a variety of leaf sizes, colors, and variegations. As long as it stays out of direct sunlight and its soil doesn’t dry out (it doesn’t care for overwatering, either), pothos a low-maintenance beauty that is exceptionally pretty in a hanging basket or on a high shelf where it can trail to its heart’s content.

Editor’s Tip: All types of pothos can be toxic if ingested, to both children and pets.

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Neon Pothos

This variety of Epipremnum aureum is such a bright burst of color that it almost hurts the eyes to look directly at it. Bonus: All varieties of pothos are known for their air-purifying abilities. They are excellent at filtering out formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.

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Spider Plant and China Doll Plant

Houseplants don’t get easier than the no-fuss spider plant (Chlorophytumcomosum). They tolerate low light like champs, enjoy a little humidity, and their baby shoots (which can be detached and propagated) are just so darn cute. Here a repurposed old ladder serves as an ingenious hanging plant rack suspended over a soaking tub, with a lush spider plant specimen highlighted in front (did we mention they are fantastic in hanging baskets?). Tucked behind is a dark green China doll plant (Radermachera sinica). China doll plants need bright, indirect sunlight and moist, well-drained soil, and must be protected from drafts. Both plants will thrive in the warmth and humidity of a bathroom.

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Grape Ivy

Sometimes referred to as oakleaf ivy, Cissus rhombifolia is a low-maintenance beauty that delivers a lot of plant for very little effort. It prefers a bright window and evenly moist soil and is a vigorous climber. Let that baby trail along a windowsill or off the top of a cabinet for some bathroom drama.

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These bright tropicals are in a family of plants that consists of thousands of different species. Though they vary in care depending on the specific species, most bromeliads grown as houseplants will have similar needs: filtered light, plenty of moisture in the air, and a temperate indoor climate. Most are prized for their incredibly colorful, variegated foliage and long-lasting color. Some common, easy-to-care-for varieties include Scarlet Star (Guzmania lingulata), Blushing Bromeliad (Neoregelia carolinae, shown), and the incredibly prehistoric-looking Urn Plant (Aechmea fasciata).

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Also part of the bromeliad family, these beauties are commonly referred to as air plants. The specimens that fall into the Tillandsia genus (we’re talking hundreds and hundreds of species) are beloved for their ability to grow without soil, or without necessarily being planted at all. In the right environment, they hardly require any care whatsoever. What’s the right environment beyond the jungles of South America? You guessed it, the bathroom. If you have a shower with a bright window, even better. They’ll love to have occasional shower overspray, and they’ll soak up all that trapped humidity. If your air plant doesn’t quite get enough moisture from the air, you can mist it, or give it a good soak every few weeks (depending on how dry your climate is). Some common varieties include Tillandsia xerographica (shown), Tillandsia bergeri, and Tillandsia ionantha.

Editor’s Tip: The more silvery the foliage, the more drought-tolerant it is.

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This small-growing, low-light-loving plant comes in a variety of colors and adorable leaf shapes. Its compact size makes it perfect for tight quarters, such as narrow windowsills (but it doesn’t like direct sun). This particular striped variety is watermelon peperomia, or Peperomia argyreia.

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Tropical Pitcher Plant

Also sometimes adorably referred to as monkey cups, Nepenthes (shown here, Nepenthes alata), are a widely diverse genus of tropical plants that all display some variation of the distinctive pitcher apparatus (filled with a liquid that attracts and helps digest insects as food). Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to “feed'” insects to these plants—the average household has enough to tide one specimen over. Pitcher plants like their soil to be kept moist, and they love humidity—so they will be quite at home in the bathroom. They will also tolerate low humidity but will produce fewer pitchers under those circumstances. Their vining habit makes them a captivating windowsill addition.

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Snake Plant

This plant, also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, viper’s bowstring hemp, or St. George’s sword, is nearly impossible to kill. Sansevieria varieties tolerate almost any growing condition, from nearly no light to bright light to direct light. They require little to no water, and if you keep them in a humid bathroom, you might never have to water these hardy West African natives at all. And we just love the modern lines of those gorgeous variegated leaves.

Editor’s Tip: This plant is considered mildly toxic to people and animals when ingested.

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Heartleaf Philodendron

Philodendron scandens is a South American native that doesn’t require much light to thrive. It likes its soil to be kept damp, and while it will tolerate dry conditions, it loves humidity, making it the perfect plant to keep in a low-light bathroom. Best of all, you can train it to happily vine along a windowsill or shelf.

Editor’s Tip: Philodendrons are toxic to pets and children if ingested.

It can be a bit difficult to find the right type of plants to grow in a bathroom because most bathrooms are high in humidity and low on light. The good news is, these conditions are perfect for tropical plants as well as many other plants. Are you looking for bathroom plants that don’t need sunlight? Adding flair to your bath is easy when you know which plant works best.

Bathroom Temperature and Humidity

Hot water from the faucet, tub or shower can cause humidity to rise quickly in the bath. This is ideal for some indoor plants, but not for others.

Amount of Light

Some bathrooms have small windows; some have none at all. In addition, even low light plants need some indirect sun to grow. If you have no window in your bath, a fluorescent grow light works as a great stand-in. Place the light a foot or more away from your bathroom plants to prevent burning.

Where to Place Your Bathroom Plants

If your bath is tiny it can be challenge to find a place for your new greenery. A great option is to either choose a plant that will grow well in a hanging basket, or choose a vining variety that will trail down from a bath shelf. If you do have a bathroom window, the windowsill will be the best option.

Plants That Grow Well In Indirect or Low Light

Learn about the most popular bathroom plants that don’t need sunlight below:

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

This easy-care plant with its glossy, dark green leaves and white, flower-like spathes, grows 1 to 4 ft tall. Peace lilies also remove pollutants from your home’s indoor air. It thrives in low light conditions, but needs some indirect light during the day. Display your peace lily away from pets as the leaves are toxic to animals.

Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

Boston ferns love cool temps, high humidity and low, indirect light which is most often found in bathrooms. To increase the humidity, lightly mist your fern weekly. Boston ferns love moisture so always keep the soil damp.

Philodendron (several varieties)

With its lovely heart-shaped leaves, the philodendron is easy-care for even green-thumb challenged folks. This plant easily thrives indoors, year-round. Philodendrons also love a location with bright, indirect sunlight. Occasionally dust the leaves to assist in light absorption and to keep the plant healthy.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

This unique indoor plant grows off-shoots called spiderettes. Starting as white flowers, these dangle from the main plant similar to spiders hanging on a web. The spider plant is available in green or variegated varieties, and can easily be propagated by trimming the spiderettes and rooting them in soil. Furthermore, the spider plant removes pollutants from the air, mainly formaldehyde which is in many cleaning products. For more information on taking care of a spider plant, check out our blog post here.

Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis miller)

Dubbed the ‘plant of immortality’ because of its longevity, the aloe vera plant is known to have healing properties. The gel from the leaves helps sooth insect bites, minor cuts, and burns. In addition, aloe vera juice contains healthy vitamins and minerals. Place your aloe vera plant close to the bathroom window so it will receive needed indirect sunlight.

English Ivy (Hedera helix)

According to NASA studies, English ivy is considered to be one of the best plants for air purification. It can even remove mold spores from the air. If your bathroom is small, place an English ivy plant on the edge of the tub, in a corner, or in a hanging basket. In addition, this compact, vining plant enjoys the high humidity found in most bathrooms.

Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

One of the most hardy house plants, the snake plant is also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue. The leaves of the snake plant have attractive yellow or white edges. The snake plant also removes harmful toxins from the air, including formaldehyde. Learn more about the snake plant and other plants that flourish indoors here.

Orchid (several varieties)

To give your bath a tropical, spa-like feel, choose an orchid. Orchids grow best on a windowsill that receives indirect light. True to its natural environment, orchids also thrive on humidity. Finally, orchid plants are small and thrive sitting on the corner of a tub, next to the sink, or tucked away in an unused corner of the counter.

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