Bathroom Plants

3 Ideal Bathroom Plants

If you love the look of houseplants, but don’t have much of a green thumb, you might want to consider adding hearty, low maintenance varieties to your bathroom. The warm, humid environment helps bathroom plants thrive naturally, plus they can absorb the surrounding air (including toxins and carbon monoxide) and produce fresh, clean oxygen.

A Plant by a Window

Believe it or not, some plants can thrive in your bathroom.

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1. Boston Ferns

If your bathroom has a North or East facing window, you might want to consider adding a Boston Fern to the room. These bathroom plants prefer low, indirect light, so they don’t need to be in a window sill. If space is tight in your bathroom, you can add a hook to the ceiling and display a hanging basket plant near your shower or bathtub.

Most ferns thrive in temperatures of 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the University of Vermont Extension Department of Plant and Soil Science. If you purchase one of these plants, you should try to keep the soil evenly moist. As you go through your daily routine each morning, check to see if your plant needs a little bit of water. As Boston Ferns are native to the tropics, they can thrive in humid bathrooms.

If you notice that your plant is drying out too fast in a traditional clay pot, you might want to switch to a decorative plastic variety, which can help to keep moisture in the soil. You can also use a small spray bottle to mist the long fronds.

2. Spider Plants

These white and green striped bathroom plants grow to a fluffy 1 to 2 feet tall and wide indoors, and they produce small, white flowers, according to the Missouri Botanical Garden. In an effort to keep your spider plant healthy, you should place it in bright, direct sunlight and water it often. During peak growing cycles (spring and summer), you should fertilize the plant monthly. Since this plant tends to cascade, you should place it on a shelf near the shower or hanging basket so that the foliage can trail. Spider plants do best at 55 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you notice that your spider plant is becoming crowded with foliage at the base, has roots pushing through the drainage holes of the pot, or is simply becoming too large for your bathroom, you can divide it up into smaller plants to put into individual pots.

Spider Plant

A spider plant can be a truly eye-catching feature in your bathroom.

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3. Golden Pothos

The vining, marbled leaf Golden Pothos is native to tropical climates, making it a perfect fit for your bathroom. If you purchase this plant, be sure to keep the soil lightly moistened (not soaking wet), as this will allow the foliage to quickly grow and trail. These plants do best in high-mounted baskets, climbing plant poles, or pots on stands. Be ready to trim back the vines each spring to keep the plant look full instead of spindly.

Pothos prefer indirect, curtain-filtered sunlight. If the light is too low, the leaves will become dull and have less contrast in color. If the leaves begin to drop, you should ease up on the amount of water you’re giving the plant.

These plants also help keep your air clean. According to Plants Rescue, a Goldon Pothos is known to remove indoor pollutants, including formaldehyde, to improve indoor air quality. However, this plant is toxic to pets due to insoluble raphides, so keep it out of reach of your furry friends.

All plants work to freshen the air naturally by absorbing carbon monoxide and releasing oxygen. Choosing to place plants in your bathroom, or any room in your home, can be both healthy and aesthetically pleasing!

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