At some point in your plant parenthood journey, you begin to focus on every minute detail of caring for your plants. This may start out innocent with a moisture meter, but it can quickly grow into a full-time obsession with monitoring Nitrogen, pH, and humidity levels with any new piece of technology or innovative method you can get your hands on – this may be from personal experience. In this midst of this new passion, it’s no surprise that we discover the bathrooms in our homes to naturally hold more humidity than any other place in the home; give that knowledge to a plant parent with a grow light and you will find a new indoor greenhouse just hours later.
While the majority of American homes do not have windows and are one of the coldest rooms in a household, the humidity and creativity the space lends to a plant parent can make a perfect space for houseplants of all different species. With just a couple of high-quality grow lights and enough counter or shelf space, any bathroom could prove to be the perfect space for another indoor plant collection.
These are our fifteen recommendations for houseplants that want to live in your bathroom!
The Golden Pothos, also known as the Epipremnum aureum, has been an internationally recognizable plant for the better part of the past few decades. Along with the houseplant industry’s general rise in popularity, the Golden Pothos has become one of the most common plants grown indoors in America. Also known for its low maintenance requirements and easy-care guidelines, this Epipremnum variety does well in the humid (and occasionally dark) conditions of a bathroom and will continue growing just as if it were in its natural habitat. This vining plant can grow along shower rods or shelves to create the feeling of your very own indoor jungle.
Bird’s Nest Fern
There are many well-known species of Fern, but the Bird’s Nest Fern may just be the most popular in the world at the moment. While this is partly because of their low light requirements and generally laid-back attitude, these plants can also tolerate the frequent fluctuations in temperature and light that go along with a bathroom space. This fern grows quickest when given high levels of humidity to soak up and can grow to massive sizes if given the space. If you have an empty space on a shelf or countertop, a Bird’s Nest Fern may be the perfect thing.
You may be surprised to know that the eternally popular Monstera deliciosa, aka the Swiss Cheese Plant, can thrive in a bathroom setting. These plants are originally from humid, tropical environments, so they prefer to have that replicated in their new, indoor environment. This plant can also withstand some instances of low light, both in the wild and in the home, but it prefers a location close to a window or under a high-powered, full spectrum grow light. If you’re lucky, you can find a variegated version of the Monstera deliciosa and fill your bathroom with a unique beauty you can’t find anywhere else.
There is a good chance you have a Bromeliad of your own at home or you know someone that has collected one of a few. These plants have the unique ability to flower all year long with bright, eye-catching blooms contrasting their otherwise simple, green foliage that almost resembles a Dracaena. A plant from this genus can easily add a bright pop of color to an otherwise boring bathroom and will happily soak up any excess humidity from the air any chance it can get. Keep in mind that Bromeliads love light, so you may need a dedicated grow light for just this plant if your bathroom doesn’t provide any natural light.
The Tillandsia genus is more commonly known as the Air Plant, a quirky, peculiar plant that doesn’t need to root in soil to live and grow. These plants are epiphyte, growing on the surface of other plants in fairly humid areas, but not harming the plat like a parasite would. An Air Plant is a fantastic option to keep in a bathroom because they require less space than your average plant and only need moisture through a weekly or bi-weekly soak in water, something easy to access in a bathroom sink or tub.
Also known as the Chinese Evergreen, this plant is a native to the tropical and subtropical areas of Southeastern Asia and has evolved to love higher levels of humidity because of it. This plant comes in a wide range of species, each with their own growth pattern, coloring, and personality. Because the Aglaonema does not grow extremely large when in an indoor setting, they are the perfect addition to any unused space in the bathroom that is in need of a little color and life. Once your Aglaonema has outgrown its pot in the bathroom, you can easily move this plant to a better location in your home to show it off as the centerpiece it is.
Common Ivy or English Ivy
The Hedera helix is better known as the Common Ivy or English Ivy and grows naturally all over North America and much of Europe, hence the name. This plant typically grows as a ground cover or a vining plant and shares the same low-maintenance needs as any member of the Pothos family. If given a high and consistent level of humidity, the Hedera helix is happy to put out multiple new leaves each week during its growing season. Consider the addition of hooks along your bathroom walls to attach your ivy’s new vines and keep them out of the way.
The Sansevieria genus is known for its sword-like leaves that appear to slice their way straight out of the soil an into the sky. They first gained attention for their resilience and tolerance for neglect, but the variety of colors, shapes, and patterns of their leaves are what make them so popular today. While a Snake Plant is a succulent, a family of plants that prefers only minimal moisture, it still thrives in the low light that typically comes with a home bathroom. A Sansevieria can grow quite tall, reaching heights of 12 feet if given the space, so they are ideal plants for filling up corners or rooms that are otherwise left empty.
Dwarf Umbrella Tree
Trees you can grow indoors are frequently called “Dwarf Trees” and the Umbrella Tree is one of the most popular varieties cultivated indoors today. The iconic hand-like fronds of this tree stretch upwards to reach its light source and soak up any extra humidity in the air like a sponge. While this plant may start out as small as a few inches tall, with time, they can grow to astounding heights and eventually be transported outdoors if in a tropical or subtropical environment. Some species of the Dwarf Umbrella Tree can even be white or yellow variegated to add that extra burst of color and interest to any bathroom.
Fern Leaf Begonia
While this may sound like two separate plant names smushed together, the Fern Leaf Begonia is in fact just one plant that comes from the Begonia genus but puts on a fern-like appearance. The leaves of this plant are shaped a lot like the fronds of a fern, hence the name, and while they grow in a moderate green color, their undersides come in a bright crimson. If given enough space, plenty of humidity, and light, a Begonia can grow to be as tall as a full-grown adult man – we hope you have a big bathroom!
Like many other species of Philodendron, the Hearleaf loves a space with high humidity and the occasional temperature increases that go along with frequent showers in the bathroom. This particular plant has become more and more popular because of how remarkably easy it is to grow and how quickly it puts out new growth, even for the brand-new plant parent. The Hearleaf Philodendron is susceptible to sun burn, so it does well in dimmer locations, though it can grow leggy if not receiving enough light, regardless of if that light comes from the sun or an artificial grow light.
If you ever had a mother, aunt, or grandparent that kept plants around the house, there is a very good chance that the easy growing Spider Plant was among their collection. While this plant is mostly kept for its foliage, it can produce these tiny white flowers that eventually turn into baby spider plants known as “Spiderettes.” A Spider Plant, whether it is growing baby plants or not, is quick to adapt to any habitat as log as there is some humidity in the air. So, not even a draft or unpredictable temperature fluctuations (that typically come with the territory that is a bathroom) can knock this plant down.
If you have been around the plant game long enough, you will have no doubt seen or heard of the Calathea genus of plants. Whether you remember them for their contrastingly colored and intricately patterned leaves, or their infamous picky nature, they are the types of plants you could never forget. One of the reasons for this plants infamy in the plant world is because of its extreme humidity needs. The higher humidity the better, but any change in their environment could spell doom for the Calathea. However, if you can provide the proper moisture, any species of this plant would feel right at home with you.
The Peace Lily is one of the few examples of a houseplant that can bloom almost all year round, regardless of its location in a home. Originally from tropical areas of the world, this plant has grown accustomed to high humidity and consistently moist soil, making it a perfect resident in a bathroom jungle. While a Peace Lily may require more frequent waterings than most plants, keeping it in the bathroom makes it easy to water its soil, even at a moment’s notice.
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