Plants for Bathrooms

The bathroom can be made much nicer with the judicious placement of a few plants. 

The trouble is that, quite often, the plants don’t feel nice because of the constant changes in temperature and humidity.

That means the best plants for the bathroom need to be picked for their hardiness, they should handle low light, high levels of humidity and constant temperature changes and shrug them all off in their stride.

And that’s precisely why we picked these plants. Check them out!


Asparagus Fern

Asparagus Fern

We got our asparagus fern from our favorite online nursery, but we need to warn you – this isn’t a good mix with pets or small children, it’s quite toxic, and as such, it’s only found in the en suite in our bedroom. 

It likes some well-drained soil, and should be left in the window and can grow quite large. 


Pilea Peperomioides

Pilea Peperomioides

This tropical plant really loves bathrooms as it feels almost like home but it does need quite a lot of light, a south-facing or east-facing window is best for it. 

Some call it the “UFO” plant or “pancake” plant due to the wonderful rounded leaves that it has. 


Bamboo

Bamboo

Bamboo is really easy to obtain from online plant delivery services and it’s best kept in the home in pots where it can’t run wild as it will in your garden. 

You will probably need to repot it annually, mind you, as it grows rapidly in nearly any soil mix. 

It will thrive if it gets about 6 hours of sun each day. 


Golden Pothos

Golden Pothos

If you want a trailing plant, this one will throw vines almost all over your bathroom if you want it to and it’s find with lower levels of sunlight. 

The more often you shower, the happier it will be as it absolutely loves humidity. 


Begonia

Begonia

Begonias love living in pots and they’re jolly happy in a humid and warm bathroom, but don’t over water them – that can lead to rotting roots. 

A little early morning direct sunlight and your begonias will be fine all day long, put them in a soilless potting mix for best results. 


A Living Wall

A Living Wall

If you’re super lazy then you can always opt for the truly zero-effort plant and that’s done in the form of vibrant green mosses which love the humidity and need nothing else.

You can find an example of this at The Sill but there are plenty of others out there that are very similar. 


Bromeliads

Bromeliads

If you want flowers, then this is a good way to get them. Bromeliads love to bloom where other plants would say, “no, thanks.”

You’ll find that the blooms last for weeks on end too, as long as you keep them in indirect sunlight and use the right mix of soil (which can depend on the variety of Bromeliads you plant).


Aloe Plant

Aloe Plant

This happy succulent is the ideal plant if you’ve never owned a plant before or are simply too busy to remember to water and care for plants regularly. 

All it needs is light and it’s good to go, it’ll take the water it needs from the humidity in the air, job done. 

You can even use it to treat your sunburn too!


Cast-Iron Plant

Cast-Iron Plant

This gets its name from the fact that it’s as hardy as a tank and you should be prepared to watch it thrive in pretty much all conditions.

It’s fine in full shade, doesn’t mind humidity and as long as it sits in a peaty potting mix (damp not soggy) it’ll be fine. 


Calathea Rattlesnake Lancifolia

Calathea Rattlesnake Lancifolia

This gorgeous little number prefers indirect light and thus, shouldn’t be left on a window sill but give it the right light and medium to humid times and it will be super happy. 

It will also look fabulous in any bathroom. 


Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Evergreen

This tropical perennial is also a very solid plant and can tolerate everything from very humid to very dry air, just don’t leave them in a draft. 

They don’t like direct sun, so just pop them somewhere they can soak up a few indirect rays in a rich potting mix which has been properly drained. 


Snake Plant

Snake Plant

Not to be confused with the rattlesnake plant, the snake plant is a very popular option for all over the house because it loves any kind of humidity and any kind of light. 

You just need to water it and occasionally pop some plant food on it and it will be as right as rain all of the time. 


Croton

Croton

The brightly colored leaves are the big draw for most people with Croton and there are many different varieties but we think the pictum is the best of the lot. 

Give it bright indirect light and let it sit in a humusy potting mix which has been properly drained and it will be fine, cut back on watering over the winter, it doesn’t need as much help then.


Alocasia

Alocasia

Don’t put this one in a guest bathroom, it needs a lot of humidity and will do best in a regularly used family bathroom. 

In fact, it can’t hurt to give this a regular misting in addition to sharing the steam from your showers with it, that will keep it happy and in return, it will look spectacular, we promise. 


Dumb Cane

Dumb Cane

The dumb cane likes bright, indirect light and it needs regular watering, when the soil feels dry. In the winter it needs a lot of light and in summer not so much. 

Be prepared to be amazed at how tall these grow when they’re healthy and fit. 


Final Thoughts On Plants for the Bathroom

All of these plants are great choices for your bathroom, all you need to do now is pick your favorites and order them. 

Why not do that today? 

And if you’re looking for some low maintenance plants for outdoors check out our low maintenance plants guide, it’s even got identifications in it! 

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