- 1 The best houseplants for your bathroom that will thrive
- 2 Light
- 3 Temperature
- 4 Humidity
- 5 Space
- 6 The 12 Best Houseplants for your Bathroom
The best houseplants for your bathroom
Apart from looking at the best houseplants for your bathroom, there are many other rooms in a house or apartment where you can have houseplants. The most common rooms are probably the living room, the kitchen, corridors, the bedroom and last but not least the bathroom.
An important thing about bathrooms is, that not every bathroom is the same. There are small and big bathrooms. Some with windows and others without. Some of them might be used multiples times every day, whilst guest bathrooms might remain unused, cold and dry for extended periods of time.
All these different characteristics will impact which plants will grow best in such environments.
The positive aspects of keeping houseplants in bathrooms are undisputed. Having houseplants can help to create a calm and relaxing atmosphere and decorate spaces in a nice and natural way.
Besides adding green or colour to your bathroom, the bathroom itself can also benefit the plants and be an optimal environment.
In general, bathrooms are often warmer than the rest of the house and more humid as there is water flowing and steaming almost, if not every day.
The biggest caveat of many bathrooms is often the lack of light in case there is no window present. In addition, bathrooms are often making use of milk glass so nobody can peek in.
If we are translating this into houseplant language, houseplants need to be fine with indirect to very little light. In the case of no windows, they have to be fine with artificial light only.
The best houseplants for your bathroom that will thrive
Plants that can grow happily in bathrooms need to be fine with various level of light, sudden temperature and humidity changes in most cases. Bathrooms become cold when they are not being used for a long period of time but the use of hot water during baths and showers can suddenly lead to an increase in temperature.
These practices can elevate humidity level of bathrooms as well.
When thinking about what plants to put into bathrooms, you should be looking at the needs of your houseplants in the following categories as they are crucial to determine who makes it into the list of the best houseplants for your bathroom:
Light is one of the basic requirements for plant growth. There are some plants which can flourish in dim light and considered suited for bathroom conditions. But these plants also require plenty of light during their specific growth periods. For providing light to these plants, usually fluorescent bulbs are recommended. Because these bulbs contain specific wavelengths that are beneficial for growth in plants.
To be very blunt. No plant can grow without any light source. Every plant needs light, be it artificial or sunlight. We have seen ZZ plant being fine for several months with very little to no light. However low light levels will decrease growth and will kill your houseplant sooner or later. Depending on the plant this can take, days, weeks or even months in case of the ZZ plant.
After the light, the next main factor for the growth of plants is temperature. Although, the optimum temperature for growth varies between plants, normal temperature for the growth of indoor plants and especially for bathroom houseplants is between ~70 °F (21 ° C) to ~ 80 °F (26.5 °C) at day and ~65 ° F (18 ° C ) to ~70 ° F (21 ° C) at night.
While most plants do fine in these conditions, some plants might have difficulties with the mentioned temperature swings or would require different day and night temperatures or more constant temperature drops or increases to thrive in the long term.
As an example, the moth orchid aka as Phalaenopsis needs a temperature drop of about 10 degrees in most cases to produce flowers. In a bathroom with windows, this may be achieved by placing the orchid directly in front of a window.
On the other hand, a bathroom without a window may not be able to reproduce the constant temperature swings needed and may also not be suitable as Phalaenopsis require bright indirect light, although Orchids are generally a suitable plant for bathrooms if that makes sense.
Humidity levels also have an impact on the growth of plants and it is often considered an important factor during early plant life. Humidity levels in bathrooms are often high because of frequent water flow.
Normally, plants which love to grow in high humidity levels are recommended in bathrooms.
So it is better to put a Monstera Deliciosa or Monstera Adansonii into a bathroom or any Philodendron for that purpose before you think about moving your cactus to a new location. Some plants just won’t appreciate the extra humidity.
When it comes to space, bathrooms often have limited room for decoration and most importantly houseplants. Usually larger sized leafy friends are not recommended for bathrooms.
Plants that hang from the ceiling, and rather have small growth sizes are usually the best option if they can bear with bathroom the above-described conditions that are present in many bathrooms.
An option for larger plants that may not be present in the bathroom at all times would be to move them from time to time to the bathroom so you can either have them have a shower or at least profit from the humidity created by flowing water after someone had a shower.
You wouldn’t be the first person to actually do that.
*Drumroll*, here is the list of the best houseplants for your bathroom :
The 12 Best Houseplants for your Bathroom
Some of the Best Houseplants for Your Bathroom are:
Normally, bamboo grows large in size and is not recommended for indoor gardening and would not be considered among the best houseplants for your bathroom.
However, there are some bamboo species which are more than suitable for indoor planting such as Chimonobambusa marmorea, a type of bamboo that is very well suited for bathrooms as it grows well in shady conditions.
Some people may prefer to not have soil in the bathroom at all. In that case, having bamboo in your bathroom makes even more sense as they can be either kept directly in water or in a bowl of clay pebbles.
A bamboo that is actually not a real bamboo but often sold as one is the “lucky bamboo” or Dracaena sanderiana. The lucky bamboo is perfect for the bathroom as it will thrive in low light, will give your bathroom an oriental touch and will also grow well and can be kept in a bowl of water.
Let’s now have a look at the different factors such as light, temperature and humidity and determine how suitable a plant the bamboo plant is for the bathroom. We will also highlight some specific types of bamboo by referring to them with their latin name:
Light: Bamboo generally does not need crazy amounts of light and is therefore suitable for barthrooms in this regard. There are some potted bamboo species that can grow in moderate and low light. Chimonobambusa marmorea, Pleioblastus viridi-striatus and Psuedosasa japonica are some species of potted bamboo which can deal or even thrive in moderate levels of light.
Hibanobambusa tranquillans Shiroshima with its nice variegation, Indocalamus latifolius an east Asian species of bamboo and Indocalamus tessellatus the large-leafed bamboo will even grow in low levels of light.
Temperature: Bamboo is one of the most resilient plants on the planet. While most bamboo species do well in a temperate, tropical climate, some types can deal with mountain or even desert climates.
There are species in the groups of Phyllostachys and Fargesia that are even cold hardy down to minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit (-1 °C). We hope this describes not y0ur bathroom conditions! But judging from the needed temperature ranges, bamboo will do well in the bathroom.
Humidity: Bamboo is considered to be a humidity loving plant. You will either need a spray bottle or a pebble tray with water to keep the humidity levels high around your bamboo plants in your home. In the bathroom with its increased humidity levels caused by flowing water, these conditions are already present.
Size: There are many different types of bamboo and the space requirements generally vary. Whilst some bamboo species such as Dendrocalamus giganteus can reach a height up to 98 feet (or 3o meters) in its natural environment, the slender look of bamboo, as well as its habit of growing generally higher than wide, is a big benefit. Eventually, the bamboo plant will spread using its underground rhizomes and grow into a clump, but this can easily be pruned and kept in check.
Fun Fact: Did you you know that bamboo belongs to some of the fastest growing plants in the world? It can grow 36 in (91 cm) in a 24 hour period at a rate of 1.6 in (4cm) in an hour. You better make sure to check on your bamboo when you are brushing your teeth in the morning.
(Bonus) Water needs: The most important factor for the growth of bamboo plants is water. The watering cycle of bamboo is very interesting. When you do not provide enough water, it rolls its leaves to minimize evaporation. When leaves are rolled, provide it with water and the leaves will unravel again. How is that for a watering level indication?
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is valued for its medicinal properties around the world. It is also used for many creams and substances in the beauty space and is a suitable candidate for your bathroom.
It seems to be a natural fit as it is often associated with beauty, youth and health. Something many of us try to achieve by spending more time in the bathroom. Aloe belongs to the species of succulent plants.
Lets once again look at how suitable Aloe is and if it is worthy to be in the list of the 12 best houseplants for your bathroom:
Light: It does not require high levels of light because bright sunlight exposure can harm Aloe Vera. You will often see brown plants in very hot temperature zones with a lot of direct sunlight.
As ironical as it is, Aloe very can get sunburnt, despite being used in many sunscreens and after-sun lotions. Because of its low light level requirements, it is highly recommended for the bathroom.
Temperature: Aloe requires minimum temperatures from 30°F to 35°F (-1°C – 10°C) and do best between 55°F to 80°F (12°C – 27°C).
Humidity: Humidity level of bathroom is usually high and Aloe Vera can survive this high humidity very easily because it does not require regular water supply for its growth.
Size: Aloe Vera grown in pots do generally not grow bigger than 24 inches (61cm)
(Bonus) Flowering: Although this plant is a well-suited candidate for bathroom and indoor decoration, it should be kept outdoors during hot months for initiation of the flowering process.
It shows Gray-green leaves and yellow blooms during the blooming phase. This is hardly achieved indoors, but Aloe Vera looks great throughout the year.
3. Cast-Iron Plant
This plant is a strong candidate for the best houseplants for your bathroom greenery award because it can bear harsh conditions of light and temperature, can grow 2 to feet tall only and requires very low maintenance.
Aspidistra elatior is called cast-iron plant because it is very hard to kill.
Light: It can bear shady conditions and will do well in bathrooms with very little light. Cast-iron plants do not thrive with too much direct light.
Temperature: It can bear temperatures as low as 23 ° F (-5 °C). Guests bathroom are not often used so these are cold and less humid. It can grow even in these less humid conditions and is considered one of the best candidates for guest bathrooms.
Humidity: They do best with air moisture and do not handle low humidity for an extended time.
Size: Grows up to 47 in tall (1.2m tall).
(Bonus) Soil: Soil conditions for this plant are very easy to handle. A general well-draining potting mix for houseplants is fine.
4. Chinese Evergreen
The Arum family has many genera of flowering plants and the genus Aglaonema is one of them. This genus contains flowering plants which can grow and flourish indoors.
Many species of this genus are able to grow in bathroom conditions. The common name for these plants is Chinese Evergreens.
Light: Chinese evergreens can cope with lower-level light conditions and should not be put into direct sunlight. Varieties with pinkish colours are better suited for brighter conditions whereas dar-leafed variants do better in less light.
Temperature: The most suitable temperature range for Chinese Evergreens is 64-77° F (18 to 25°Celsius). Most bathrooms will be in that range.
Humidity: Chinese evergreens plants can bear fluctuations of humidity and can even withstand dry air which is suboptimal for most houseplants. If they could choose, they would definitely prefer more humid conditions.
Size: Due to its small size (1 to 2 feet), it is also a strong candidate for bathroom plantation. They are not the biggest growers in the indoor jungle, which makes them perfect for smaller spaces as well.
(Bonus) Soil: It requires proper nutrition and its soil conditions are a bit tricky as you will make sure to have a soil rich in nutrients. In addition, well-draining soils that have added perlite and sand are appreciated by these plants.
Euphorbiaceae is a spurge family of flowering plants. Croton is one of the genera of this family which consists of many flowering plants suitable for indoor gardening and first and foremost made it into our list of the best houseplants for your bathroom.
These are called croton because seeds of many plants are tick shaped. Although very beautiful flowers can grow on these plants, their foliage alone is a show stopper.
Temperature: A temperature around 75 °F (24 °C) works best whilst temperatures between 60 °F (16 °C) are too low. An ideal temperature range for the crotons is between 70°F and 80 °F (21°C and 27 °C).
Light: Light conditions for croton plants are manageable in bathrooms because they require indirect light.
Humidity: These plants love the extra humidity. A humidity level between 40% to 80% is deemed ideal. A humidity level of 70% is considered ideal.
Size: Beware. Big spaces are needed as they can grow up to 6 feet (182cm).
(Bonus) Watering: In general these plants are very sensitive to watering and need to be watered from daily to weekly depending on the conditions they are in and in what season we are. The watering should be reduced during the fall and winter season.
6. Dumb Cane
Dumb canes are considered optimal houseplants for bathrooms because they do not require extensive care and their foliage is just stunning. Dieffenbachia is the correct botanical name that is also commonly used in the trade.
Generally, dumb canes are easy to care for and can thrive in bathrooms if you provide them with the right care.
Temperature: An average room temperature range between 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (18 – 24 °C) is perfect. Once the temperature goes below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, these plants may start to show yellowing on leaves and will quickly deteriorate. So as long as your bathroom is heated throughout the year you are on the safe side. Definitely not the best guest-bathroom plant.
Light: Light conditions of these plant can vary and these generally require bright light when days become shorter (during winter season). During warm months, the supply of light should be lowered. Regular rotation of the plants should also be practised to maintain the greenery of the plant to form on each side.
Humidity: They are big fans of rather high humidity, making them perfect bathroom plants. However, they would also adjust to less than optimal conditions.
Size: One of the major hurdles to grow Diffenbachias is that these can grow up to several feet and require big spaces in bathrooms. If your bathroom is tiny and squeezy, this is not the right plant.
(Bonus) Watering: These plants do not require regular watering and flourish happily at a low supply of water.
The most important indoor plant of this group is G. jasminoides which is also well-known by its trivial name cape jasmine. These plants are tricky to grow in bathrooms because they require extensive care.
However, we still consider it a great fit for bathrooms as it is an evergreen flowering plant with scented blossoms from the coffee family that is just beautiful to look at.
Fun fact: They are also often used as bedroom plants and are said to work as well as valiums to promote sleep and relieve anxiety.
Temperature: These plants cannot bear fluctuations in temperature especially cold conditions and sudden heat blasts.
Light: Gardenias need several hours of sunshine per day to thrive. Actually, this is one of the plants that is thriving in bright light but not in direct sunshine when kept in containers.
If you are living in a rather hot area, direct morning sun and light afternoon shade is best. In bathroom conditions, we recommend 6-8 hours of sunshine at least. The perfect place for these plants is, therefore, the windowsill of a rather bright window.
Humidity: Humidity levels are a big factor that needs to be considered in the list of the best houseplants for your bathroom. Gardenias are well suited to grow in bathrooms as they require high humidity to grow well and feel at home.
Size: These plants can grow up to 6 feet but pruning at regular intervals can keep the plants smaller.
(Bonus) Fertilizers: These plants usually require acidic conditions and acidic fertilizers should be used.
(Bonus) Flowers: White flowers of these plants are the main attraction for ornamentals.
The family Orchideceae comprises of many genera who produce beautiful flowers. These plants are collectively known as orchids. Many orchids are suitable for bathroom conditions as they love heavy, humid spaces. Some common species are Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid), Orchis mascula (Early purple orchid), Anacamptis morio (Green-winged orchid), and Aplectrum hyemale (Adam and Eve orchid).
Temperature: 80°F ( 27°C) is said to be the perfect temperature for orchids. But orchids grow well in a range between 65°F – 80°F (18°C – 27°C).
Light: Orchids usually grow in moderate light but some specific species need bright light for their growth and flowers to bloom.
Humidity: Many species of orchid belongs to epiphytes. Epiphytes are plants which absorb moisture from the humid air. Therefore the bathroom is a perfect environment for our beloved orchids.
Size: Due to their small sizes, orchids are strong candidates for bathrooms and only take little room.
(Bonus) Flowers: These produce flowers of different colour such as purple, pink, and white and many more depending on the nature of the species.
9. Peace Lilies
Spathiphyllum is a member of the Araceae family. It is appreciated for its beautiful flowers and is considered to be a very common houseplant. About 40 different species are present in this genus which are commonly called peace lilies. This species does not require extensive care and can flourish with minimal effort. Peace lilies are a favourite among houseplant enthusiasts and made it into our list of the 12 best houseplants for your bathroom.
However, one thing needs to be said. They are huge drama queens/kings. These plants will make a huge show if you forget to water them even once. Everything will start to hang and look very sloppy.
But don’t worry. Once you give them a good soak they will quickly recover.
Temperature: Peace Lilies grow best in a temperature range between 68°F to 85F (20°C – 29°C). At night the temperatures are allowed to decrease by 10°F. Since this is a temperature range most humans will feel at home, it is no wonder these plants are so well suited for homes.
Light: Peace lilies can flourish in lower light but for the bloom of flowers they may require brighter light. It is also known that Peace lilies do astonishingly well with just fluorescent light.
This is also why you will most likely find them planted somewhere in your favourite shopping mall.
Humidity: High levels of humidity in the bathroom are good for their growth.
Size: The sizes of Peace Lilies reach 16 inches to 6 feet (40-182cm) as there are many different types of Spathiphyllums.
(Bonus) Watering: Peace lily is probably the plant with the biggest water need we have ever seen. Like most plants, they do not like to have wet feet and stay in wet soil for too long. On the other hand, they will need frequent watering and are great “drinkers”.
(Bonus) Flowers: Peace lilies are the source of attraction because of their beautiful white flowers. The chance of having flowers can be increased by increasing the amount of light that the lilies get.
10. Asparagus fern
The Asparagus Fern is a very nice houseplant with its light and beautiful foliage and made it into our list of the best houseplants for your bathroom.
Although not as common as many other plants described in this list, it is well-suited for bathroom conditions due to its limited light requirements and the need for warm temperatures.
Temperature: These ferns prefer warm temperatures and will not tolerate temperatures swings belong 50°F (10°C). Therefore they are more suited for a bathroom that is kept warm all year round.
Light: It requires only moderate light but can also take bright light as long as it is indirect.
Humidity: Asparagus ferns do not like dry air. They need humidity. Mist daily and provide a pebble tray if kept in any room that is not the bathroom.
Size: These plants can grow up to 2 feet high (60cm).
(Bonus) Watering: A strict watering regiment is to be kept. They do not like to dry out. Weekly watering or even more frequent watering is needed to keep these ferns happy.
(Bonus) Growth: Asparagus fern does not require repotting regularly and can spend up to 2 years in the same pot.
The Araceae family contains many genera of flowering plants and Philodendron is one of them. In September 2015, 489 species have been categorized in this genera.
Many species have the capability to grow in bathroom conditions as they generally thrive in a more humid environment. Philodendron often grow better with less care and are therefore considered strong candidates for bathroom house plants.
Temperature: Temperature needs vary within the group but it can be generalized that none of the Philodendrons likes to be below 50°F (10°C) for an extended time.
Light: Light levels should be maintained according to the Philodendron species as needed light levels vary. An absence of light and long term shade will turn stems spindly. If we would have to generalize the needed light levels however, bright indirect light will suit most Philodendron.
Humidity: Philodendrons are humidity lovers. This is one main reason why they are the perfect bathroom plants.
Size: These plants can grow up to 20 feet. Some types are vining whereas other Philodendron types are called self-headed, developing multiple individual heads as they grow.
The self-headed types make great foliage plants that can be put on tables or floors. On the other hand, you have the vining types of Philodendron that can either climb or hang.
(Bonus) Watering: Watering cycle of the plant should be managed properly because plants will shed their leaves when too little or too much water is provided.
C. persicum is the most common indoor plant from the Cyclamen genus. It is a small flowering pot plant. The trivial or common name of this species is florist’s cyclamen.
These are beautiful and attractive plants that have colourful blooms and are also blooming during wintertime. They also have attractive leaves and bloom readily.
They are a little bit more tricky to grow in bathroom conditions but make a great bathroom plant when provided proper care.
Temperature: Cyclamen requires rather cool temperatures between 50°F and 65°F (10°C-18°C). This way their flowers are going to last much longer compared to higher temperatures. It is, therefore, the ideal plant to be kept in a guest bathroom where the central heating might not always be on.
Light: During their bloom period, in the winter, these require high intensity of indirect light.
Humidity: They prefer a good amount of humidity. When not kept in humid conditions, a pebble tray filled with water underneath the pot might do the trick.
Size: The size of the Cyclamen plants is not more than 9 inches which make them an attractive candidate for bathrooms where there is generally limited space available.
(Bonus) Watering: Regular and thorough watering is required. The best way of watering is to water them from the bottom and not from the top where the water might touch the leaves.
(Bonus) Flower: These plants are a major source of attraction due to a variety of flower colours such as purple, pink, violet, and white depending upon the plant type.
Final words on the Best Houseplants for Your Bathroom
After reading the list of the Best Houseplants for your bathroom you should have a good idea on how you can add some green and colour to your bathroom.
As many of the plants described are thriving in humid and also rather warm temperatures, bathrooms can be an ideal home. What needs to be considered as the most crucial aspect, is the amount of light present in your bathroom.
Little light is fine for some plants whilst many plants require at least bright indirect light. Some plants will deal well with fluorescent light whilst others may require at least a small window to be happy.
With the list of the 12 Best Houseplants for Your Bathroom, you should have a good idea by now on how you are going to decorate once of the most important rooms of your home. Have fun and happy indoor gardening.
Marcel runs the place around here. He has a deep passion for houseplants & gardening and is constantly on the lookout for yet another special plant to add to his arsenal of houseplants, succulents & cacti.
Marcel is also the founder of Iseli International Commerce, a sole proprietorship company that publishes a variety of websites and online magazines.