It’s always nice to have houseplants. They brighten your home and purify your air. Sometimes they even make good company. But not all houseplants are the same, and neither are all the rooms in your house. Keep reading to learn more about growing plants in the bathroom and selecting the best plants for showers and tubs.
Keeping Plants Near Showers and Tubs
Putting plants in your bathroom is not only possible, but is also an excellent way to dress up this space. Bathrooms are often the perfect environment for tropical houseplants. There’s one obvious thing that sets the bathroom apart from all the other rooms in your house: moisture.
With the shower and sink running several times per day, the humidity in bathrooms is high. If you tried to grow a cactus next to your bathtub, you’d probably be disappointed. Luckily, there are lots of houseplants that thrive in moist conditions. Lack of humidity is actually a problem for a lot of houseplants – one that can be more than solved by growing them in the bathroom.
Another less sure but very common factor is light. Many bathrooms have small or even nonexistent windows. If your bathroom is one of these, you’ll want to select plants that can thrive in low light as well as high humidity. Also, make sure that your bathroom fixtures use fluorescent light bulbs, as these produce the wavelengths of light that plants need from the sun.
Location is something to consider as well. Because bathrooms tend to be small, placing plants on the floor is often not an option. Most bathroom plants will do well on a shelf or hanging from the ceiling. If your bathroom has a window, then setting a plant on the windowsill is doable.
Best Plants for the Bathroom
Here are some very popular bathroom houseplants:
- Aloe vera
- Lucky bamboo
- Snake plant
- Spider plant
- Cast iron plant
- Boston fern
- Chinese evergreen
- Peace lily
- ZZ plant
- Pitcher plant
These plants should be able to tolerate the low light and high humidity of your bathroom. Plants for the bathroom can be set on the sink, placed in an out of the way corner, or even mounted on the wall above the shower or tub. They’ll brighten up an otherwise dark part of your house, and you’ll never forget to water them.