8 humidity-loving houseplants for your bathroom
Imagine starting the day surrounded by lush greenery and clean, purified air. Thanks to these humidity-loving houseplants, you can. With just a few additions, your bathroom can be transformed into a rainforest-inspired haven of calm. And houseplants actually work hard to keep your bathroom steam and bacteria free.
But which plants thrive in a high-humidity environment? From peace lilies to air plants, Interiors InsideOut asked George Holland at Victorian Plumbing to reveal the eight bathroom-friendly houseplants you need to create your very own oasis.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria)
Also known as ‘Mother in Law’s Tongue’, the snake plant (above left) is an excellent bathroom plant. It thrives in high humidity, so if you like to take long, hot showers it may not need any extra watering at all. The snake plant also has a whole host of other benefits. The long, vertical leaves are known to help filter toxins out of the air, which is perfect if you are worried about chemicals from cleaning products or counteracting any bad smells.
Pro tip: If your bathroom is small, a snake plant is a great choice as the leaves grow up, rather than out, so it won’t take up too much floor space. Dust the leaves on a regular basis so they can still soak up the light and moisture that your bathroom brings.
Air Plants (Tillandsia spp.)
These low-maintenance, hardy plants flourish in hot and humid conditions, so they will feel right at home in your bathroom. Taking nutrients from the air, and light and water through tiny vessels in the leaves, these plants don’t need any soil at all which makes them incredibly easy to care for.
Pro tip: As they don’t need to be potted in soil you can use your imagination when decorating with air plants. A really effective way to display them is by creating a DIY vertical garden with some wire mesh and a photo frame (as seen below). Gently thread your air plants through the mesh grid and hang on your bathroom wall. The humid air will circulate around the plants helping your green wall to flourish.
Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
This full and bushy plant (see featured image, top) needs quite a bit of room to grow. As such, it’s perfect if you have a bit more space to play with when creating your bathroom canopy. Ferns in general thrive in high moisture and warm environments, which means you can even get in on the ‘shower plant’ trend.
Pro tip: If your toiletries have taken all of your bathroom shelf space, why not try a hanging planter? These are a great way to fill unused space and can even be fixed up next to your shower. This also means your thirsty fern will get watered each time you hop in.
These moisture-loving trailing plants (above) are incredibly effective air purifiers, making them a great choice for your bathroom oasis. They grow really quickly, so you can start to make use of all that vertical space in your bathroom.
Pro tip: Ivy’s beautiful trailing tendrils can simply be left to hang. Or clip to encourage them to creep along a wall, shower curtain rod or even a door frame.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Spider plants (below) really are the gift that keeps on giving! Once they reach maturity, these clumpy, grassy plants will start to grow offshoots. These can then be trimmed and propagated to create even more spider plants.
Pro tip: If you feel like your bathroom canopy is a bit sparse, you can play around with your bathroom mirrors. Placing plants near them and changing the position of the reflection gives the illusion of more greenery.
Calathea (Calathea spp.)
The colourful waxy leaves grown by the calathea will be a striking addition amongst a sea of green in your bathroom rainforest. They can be quite fussy and do prefer a shady spot with lots of humidity. Calathea start off quite small, but grow quickly, so place them on a shelf initially and move them to the floor as they mature.
Pro tip: Pick your plant pots carefully. They should be made from a porous material like terracotta and have a few drainage holes at the bottom. But if your decorative pot doesn’t have this, it’s worth buying a smaller terracotta pot to sit on some drainage pebbles within the decorative pot. You won’t see it, but your plant will thank you for it.
Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
Another easy houseplant, pothos is a great trailing plant for your shower. You can train the trailing stems to grow along a wall or just let them hang down to make use of the vertical space.
Pro Tip: These lush green houseplants absorb plenty of water when kept in the bathroom. However, to check the moisture level, gently poke your finger in the soil. If it comes out clean, they need a top up.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum spp.)
With deep, glossy green leaves and bright white flowers, the peace lily (above) is one of the most effective plants to include in your bathroom plant collection. They love moisture and prefer to be kept in low light locations. But if you find your lily is wilting regularly, it might be time to upgrade to a bigger pot.
Pro tip: Look to the ceiling for more space to keep your houseplants. Fill unused space (like above a toilet) with hanging planters to draw your eye upwards and give the illusion of a larger bathroom.
Featured image: A Boston fern shown adding greenery to the end of the bath in this white scheme.
Want more? If you’re craving greenery in other areas of your home, don’t miss Nikki Tibbles’s top tips for creating the perfect bouquet.