If I had one complaint about our bathroom (aside from it’s un-renovated status), it would be the lack of a window. When I put on a new roof, I added a solar tube which is like a tiny skylight. It’s great for bringing a bit of daylight, but not enough for houseplants which is such a bummer. As you’ll remember from my loft, I used to have a plant packed paradise in there! I absolutely love bringing some life and greenery into the bathroom.
The Best Houseplants to Put in Your Bathroom
There are a few reasons why houseplants are a great addition to your bathroom. Plants are considered beneficial for your health because they improve air quality, absorb excess moisture, and have been shown to reduce stress. Yes, please.
Humidity plays the biggest role when choosing bathroom plants. You want to make sure that what you plant can handle that much moisture in the air… and thrive! Also, daylight plays a factor. Plants love a bright, high humidity bathroom — perfect for turning your space into an at-home spa! The best part about bathroom houseplants is that it’s a breeze to water them.
Ok, let’s be real here: I’ve actually NEVER been able to keep an air plant (aka Tillandsia) alive. The closest I’ve ever come is when I had a few in my bathroom, which is why I’m including them on this list. I love air plants for the bathroom because you can literally put them everywhere, making them the ultimate living decor piece.
As far as I’m concerned, a pothos plant (also known as Philodendron) could basically grow anywhere! It is the ultimate low-maintenance plant. The vines will grow toward any daylight, plus it’s a very easy plant to propagate. I’ve literally had one golden pothos that has made at least 10 new plants for me! This houseplant is also quite forgiving and go for longer periods of time between watering. You’ll know it’s time to water when the leaves look wilted.
I suggest planting pothos in a hanging planter (like our DIY one!) so the vines can trail down!
The PNW has really solidified my love of ferns. These are shade-loving plants and handle the temperature fluctuations of a bathroom well. And because they like shade, they flourish in low-light rooms. Also, ferns love love love humidity which makes them wonderful bathroom houseplants. Personal favorites of this plant include Staghorn ferns, Boston ferns, Maidenhair ferns, and Sprenger asparagus fern. With that last one, be careful handling it because it has tiny thorns!
Fiddle Leaf Fig
This suggestion is not based on personal experience because I am still boycotting fiddle leaf figs. They are just soooo finicky!!! That being said, if you want to give it a go, my research has shown that these tropical plants enjoy a bathroom that has a lot of light and humidity.
I absolutely LOVE keeping aloe vera plants in a bathroom because the plant itself is so good for your skin. It helps to heal minor scrapes, cuts, and burns. So handy! In terms of growing in a bathroom, aloe vera requires pretty minimal care because it’s a succulent. Definitely make sure it has lots of bright indirect light though.
What do you think of this list of the best bathroom houseplants?? I’d love to know which kind you keep in your bathroom & how it grows for you!
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- 6 Colorful House Plants I Love
- The Best Houseplants for a Small Space
- 7 Hard-To-Kill House Plants
- My 5 Favorite Low Light House Plants
- How to Decorate with Large Indoor Plants in a Small Space