If you have taken any tours of Pinterest or Instagram lately, you might have noticed that a bathroom bursting with plants is great for your likes and your Zen. Besides aren’t bathrooms supposedly good for plants?
I am all for maxing out on the interior green space, but here I hesitate. I have some words of caution and advice as you move forward with greenifying your bathroom.
Are bathrooms a good place for plants?
Yes and no. I would love to tell you that bathrooms are the perfect place for plants, but truly, it depends on what environment your bathroom has to offer for plants. Yes, it is one of the most humid places in your home, and all that extra moisture is a huge bonus to most typical tropical houseplants, but it might not necessarily be the best place for the plant. Here are a few things to consider:
How much light do you have?
Plants don't care much for mood lighting, they're only interested in natural light. Do you have windows in your bathroom? If you don’t, a live plant is not going to be happy in your bathroom. Not ever.
If you do have a window, consider the size and how much light is actually coming through that space. If you have a typical bathroom window, it is likely going to be smallish, and high up. Does it get a lot of direct light? And more importantly, will those rays reach your plant?
Plants need light to thrive, so if you want healthy, life-affirming plants, it's important to provide the right conditions. Opt for medium light and low light plants if, like most bathrooms yours doesn't have giant floor to ceiling windows (hello, privacy!).
How much space do you have?
Most bathrooms are relatively small and finding space between the hand soap and toothbrushes can be tricky. If you must have a leaf-filled lavatory, get the tape measure out! Allow space not only for the pot but the foliage, which often extends past the edges of the container. Hanging baskets can be a helpful hack in small spaces. Bonus: It gets that plant up closer to that window!
As you are considering the size of the room, you may want to consider the people or pets that you share the room with. If you are sharing with housemates, young children or a big family dog, consider them in your plant choices to avoid planty accidents or disagreements. Bathrooms are a pain enough to clean without the added mess of spilt soil and broken crockery.
What are good bathroom plants?
Below you will find my favorite families of plants, but do consider the plant’s needs and what you have to offer in terms of light and size before committing.
My favorite Low and Medium Light Plants for the Bathroom:
Upright and compact, the Snake Plant(aka known as Sansevieria and Mother-In-Law's Tongue) will tolerate low light for longer periods of time than most plants, so would add interest to a dark-ish corner. With their enthusiastic vining habits, the Heart Leaf Philodendron and Pothos look great hanging or perched on a high shelf. The ZZ Plant has a reputation for tolerating low light conditions and its leafy foliage will make an attractive addition to your bathroom.
If your bathroom is blessed with some light, consider adding a fern or two. The Boston and Kimberly Queen varieties are popular and hardy. Maranta and Calathea love the extra humidity but can be fussy.
Bathroom Plant FAQs
Can I put a plant in a bathroom with no light?
You totally can. But it will slowly die. The low light plants are the slowest to die if you are interested in that.
Are succulents good for a bathroom?
It seems like the classic “easy care” plant would like a humid environment, but they don’t. Find a bright, dry location for succulents.
Where to buy bathroom plants?
The good news is that the favorites on this list are easy to find in most nurseries, big box stores, and online plant retailers.
Photos: © Rosetta Borgic