Plants in the bathroom

Updated: Apr 6, 2020

While having a plant in the shower may seem odd to some, it’s actually one of the most beneficial places for a plant to be since it provides them with an abundance of moisture.

Besides transforming your bathroom from a cold, sterile environment into a lush, more spa-like sanctuary, adding plants is also a proven way to help filter the air. (Fast fact: Indoor air is 2 to 10 times more polluted than outdoor air, according to EPA estimates.) And luckily, some of the same plants that are especially good at removing common household toxins are also ideal bathroom dwellers– particularly if you’re a newbie plant tender or someone without a green thumb.

So called "shower plants" also help with eliminating bacteria and absorbing excessive moisture - so you won't be getting out of your shower and be greeted by a wall of steam any longer.

After thriving in our bedroom for almost 2 years now, our Monstera is now loving the new home in the shared bathroom at Thalassophilia, and more are yet to come.

Three factors — low light, high humidity, and temperature swings — need to be considered when choosing plants for a bathroom. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right plants for your bathroom conditions:

- If you have a bathroom with minimal lighting then the best plants for the shower include Aloe-vera, bamboo, orchids, spider plants, heartleaf philodendrons, or Boston ferns. These plants typically need minimal light to grow and some such as aloe-vera also don’t need a lot of water and the humidity from your shower may be enough to sustain it.

- If lighting isn’t an issue because you have a bathroom that receives lots of natural lighting from a large window then you have more choices for plants. Some of the plants recommended include air plants, gardenias, azaleas, or asparagus ferns.

- If you’re prone to taking hot showers that produce a lot of humidity, then you should consider a plant that can not only survive in those conditions but also improve them. Some of the most desirable plants that absorb humidity include bamboo, chinese evergreen, english ivy, or gerbera daisy. If choosing bamboo it’s important to remember that it can grow rather quickly so you’ll need to tend to it by shaping it or providing a barrier to stunt its growth.

Whether you’re the proud owner of a plush bathroom or an apartment dweller who makes do with a tiny, utilitarian enclosure, adding a touch of green with bathroom plants will bring fresh appeal to this important space in your home. It’s simple enough to do and is light on the pocket. Bathroom plants, or all indoor plants for that matter, also enhance your well-being by absorbing pollutants from the air and reducing stress.

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