Plants That Will Survive, and Look Great in Your Bathroom
Bathrooms deserve to be decorated with lush greenery just like every other room in the house – but it can be tricky to find a plant that thrives here. Low light, high humidity, and warm temperatures mean only certain houseplants will flourish.
Keep reading to discover what you need to consider when choosing bathroom flora, and check out 16 great houseplant suggestions for this room.
Many bathrooms have small windows, and some have none at all, which can be challenging when picking plants. Remember that even low light plants require some light to grow, which is why fluorescent light bulbs – which produce wavelengths plants need – are a good idea in the bathroom.
Humidity and Temperature
Hot running water from showers and baths can cause humidity and temperature levels to rise quickly – conditions which don’t suit many plants, although this explains why some tropical flora do great in bathrooms!
Space and Position
Bathrooms tend to be on the smaller side, so space for greenery is often limited. Large or tall plants don’t often work in bathrooms for this reason. A better option is to choose plants that can hang from the ceiling, or will trail down from a high shelf. The windowsill is another great location for bathroom plants, particularly as they can enjoy maximum light exposure here.
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.
4. Boston Fern
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. Humidity and temperatures of between 55 and 75 degrees are also important for your fern to thrive. In the growing months, the soil should be kept moist, but not saturated.
Other ferns also do well in bathrooms, including the Asparagus, Staghorn, and Bird’s Nest varieties.
5. Cast Iron Plant
This incredibly tough houseplant, which appears to thrive on neglect, certainly lives up to its name. The cast iron plant can survive low light, infrequent watering, and extreme heat.
Nevertheless, for best results place this potted plant in low to moderate light – keeping out of direct sunlight, and water it regularly, allowing it to dry out before re-watering. The cast iron will happily thrive in temperatures from 50 to 85 degrees.
Source – naturallivingideas.com