If you love plants and you love them anywhere around you then you would probably want them in your bathroom too. But there are specific conditions in the bathroom and not every plant would be able to grow and thrive in such conditions. Only a few plants would be able to survive high temperatures, low light and high humidity.
You need to consider these three things when you are choosing the plant for your bathroom.
You have to bear in mind that even low light plants need some light to grow, so if there is a very small window in your bathroom or no window at all, provide fluorescent light bulbs and help your plant to grow. Fluorescent light bulbs produce wavelengths which the plants need in order to thrive.
Humidity and temperature
Before you put one in your bathroom, study well which plants can survive on high temperatures and high humidity that are normal in the bathroom.
Space and position
Since bathrooms are usually smaller you can’t choose large or tall plants. Instead choose one that can hang from the ceiling, or will trail down from a high shelf. If there is a window in your bathroom, the windowsill is a great location for your plant because it will be exposed to some light there.
Here is a list of 10 best plants for your bathroom.
- Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera or the “plant of immortality” is the perfect plant for your bathroom because it requires little water which can be provided with the humidity in the bathroom.
It good advice to have Aloe Vera in your house because the aloe plant juice is rich in vitamins and minerals, while the gel can be used as a topical treatment for minor burns, cuts, dry skin, insect bites and many more.
If you want to give your bathroom luxury spa feel then your choice would be the orchid. You can place it on your sink where it will look serenely beautiful or you can place it on your windowsill where the indirect sunlight will provide adequate light but won’t cause leaf scorch while the high humidity mirrors the flower’s natural environment.
- Snake Plant
Sansevieria, or also known as “mother-in-law’s tongue” is a perfect choice for your bathroom. This plant loves steamy, humid conditions and is able to thrive in low light.
Snake plant is a great air purifier because it filters out formaldehyde, commonly found in cleaning products, tissues, toilet paper and even cosmetics.
Plus, its long vertical leaves won’t take up a lot of the space on your shelf.
Another great choice for your bathroom is the bamboo. It needs very little light to thrive and it doesn’t even need soil- you can simply pop the stalk into a container filled with pebbles and water. Don’t forget to change the water every two to four weeks.
Bear in mind that bamboo is a fast growing plant, so either place it under a physical barrier or shape it regularly by cutting.
- Boston Fern
The Boston fern is a popular variety of fern. It has frilly leaves and it’s native to sub-tropical and tropical rain forests.
In order to thrive, the Boston fern seeks high humidity and temperatures of between 55 and 75 degrees. In the growing months, the soil should be moist, but not saturated.
If you often like to enjoy in a relaxing soak in the tub then Boston fern is your right companion because it purifies the air and creates healthy air humidity.
Other varieties of fern can also thrive in bathrooms. They include Staghorn, Asparagus and Bird’s Nest.
- Peace Lily
You can also beautify your bathroom with the peace lily. With its green, striking, glossy leaves and white beautiful flowers the peace lily would make an attractive addition to your bathroom.
The peace lily thrives in low light and it doesn’t seek a lot of watering so the humidity from the bathroom would be sufficient.
The peace lily is another of NASA’s best plants for air purity because it helps to filter out harmful benzene, formaldehyde toxins and trichloroethylene.
Ivy and especially English Ivy, is one of NASA’s number one air purifying plants. Ivy is perfect plant for your bathroom because it enjoys warm and humid conditions. Ivy can also help you keep the bathroom clean and hygienic by removing feces and mold from the air.
Since bathrooms usually are small in size you can place the ivy plant on a ledge or in a hanging basket where the leaves can elegantly trail down.
- Spider Plant
The spider plant is an excellent plant for your bathroom because it needs medium light in order to do his job. It is good in removing impurities like formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, fumes and odors from the air.
You need to water the spider plant once or twice a week. Allow the top layer of the soil to dry out between watering and it will reward you with new buds that you can repot or give as a gift to your friends.
Dracaena plants or dragon plants are excellent air purifiers. They come in many varieties and are great choice as your bathroom plant because need a lot of humidity (usually not found in other rooms) in order to look fresh and flawless. Otherwise when not exposed to enough humidity their leaves tips will become dry and brown.
- Cast Iron Plant
This plant doesn’t have this name in vain. It’s incredibly tough houseplant which can survive total neglect, low light, infrequent watering and extremely high temperatures from 50 to 85 degrees F. That’s why this plant is perfect for your bathroom.
Keep this plant out of the reach of direct sunlight in very low moderate light and always allow it to dry completely before re-watering.
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