Not all plants can live in the bathroom, but having the right ones can make the room more pleasant and welcoming for users. It takes a certain kind of botanical creation to thrive in this level of humidity.
However, your bathroom is an amazing environment for many plants, and having a toilet full of plants can feel like a tropical vacation from the comfort of your own house. Here are the best bathroom-friendly (and low-maintenance) plants to add to your home ASAP, even if you don’t have a green thumb.
This is a desirable plant for all areas of the house, but will add a particularly rustic and organic look to bathrooms. These tropical plants can grow with trailing vines or stems that grow up to 20 feet long. Others grow in a more upright fashion and both are easy to grow. Leaves will droop if watered too little or too much. Be sure to place them in a bright spot, as excessive shade can make your stems spindly.
This sustainable, vertical plant will really make your bathroom feel like a spa. Still, bamboo is a difficult plant to control in the garden, but it can be grown in containers to avoid that sprawling nature. They can get big though, so it does best in large bathrooms that can get at least 6 hours of sunlight daily, but it can also survive in dimly lit spaces without abundant sun.
Begonias love heat and humidity. They also look great on a shelf. Rex begonias are especially beautiful, but be sure to avoid completely waterlogged soil from the shower, which can cause root rot. Flowering begonias do best with some direct sunlight in the early morning, those with only leaves do best in bright light that is not coming directly from the sun.
Bromeliads are relatives of pineapples and have quite a striking appearance. They will grow beautifully in bathrooms with a window and can also tolerate dryness well if you don’t have a green thumb and forget to water them. However, they prefer to stay moist, so don’t be afraid to steam the bathroom during the shower.
5. Violin sheet fig
If you want to make a statement in a bathroom that has more space than a scrubber, choose the Fiddle Leaf Fig, which has larger leaves and needs constant, bright light. They like to live in warm and humid places, so the bathroom is the perfect place.
6. Chinese Evergreen
This plant is one of the most low maintenance and attractive options you can find. They are large-leaved and will survive even if you forget to water and feed. They also tolerate dry air. This plant can grow anywhere from 10 inches to 4 feet tall, so be sure to research the variety you want before you buy. It grows best in low, indirect light, so this is good for windowless bathrooms.
7. Chinese Money Factory
More specifically known as Pilea Peperomioides, this fresh and clean looking plant does best in a tropical environment, but you will have more success if you grow it in a bath with bright or indirect light. It is sometimes called the UFO plant because of its flat, round leaves that look great on built-ins or window sills.
8. Snake plant
If you don’t have a lot of horizontal space or don’t want a hanging plant, consider the striking snake plant that grows upwards and is hilariously called “mother-in-law’s tongue.” It can grow from 8 inches to 4 feet, and the drooping leaves can be held together with twine. Although it grows best in bright light, it can tolerate imperfect conditions. Less light can make your plant less striped and all green.
9. Spider plant
If you have a compact toilet, consider investing in a spider plant that likes to grow in small, tight spaces, such as a root ball-sized container. Forms small plants along the edge that can be cut back as the roots grow. Bright light is fine, but keep out of direct sunlight, which will burn it. Cool (not cold) temperatures are preferable to hot.
10. Cast iron factory
Nicknamed the cast-iron plant because it’s so hard to kill, this low-maintenance houseplant, otherwise known as Aspidistra elatior, can grow up to 3 feet tall and tolerates full shade, for restrooms without light or available windows. It doesn’t require constant high humidity, so you can go ahead and put this plant in the guest bathroom.