The 10 Lush Bathroom Plants to Keep Your Space Bright and Cheery

It's not uncommon to see houseplants in the kitchen, living room, or bedroom. So why is it so odd to see plants in the bathroom? It shouldn't be. Your steamy shower is a friend to the best bathroom plants that won't wilt in the humid bathroom.

In fact, much of nature's flora thrives in the low-light, humid environment of the bathroom. Plus, having a little greenery will certainly help spice up your decor as well as help purify the air. However, if you have pets, be wary of the plants you choose to decorate your space as some houseplants can be toxic to dogs and cats. To check out which are toxic, use this list. Here are the 10 best plants for the perfect environment.

1. Spider Plant

Spider plants are the gift that keeps on giving. As long as you place it in a fairly well-lit room, this little piece of greenery will remove impurities like formaldehyde and carbon monoxide from the air in the moist environment. Plus it will also continually sprout new buds that you can re-pot or give away.

Just make sure to water once or twice a week and place it in front of your bathroom window if it receives medium light throughout the day. If the window is continually bathed in sunlight (lucky you!), simply place just out of direct sunlight.

2. Bamboo

Lucky bamboo is a natural oddity. It can grow in almost any light level and with no soil! All you need is a few pebbles and water for this zen plant to take root. Just make sure to keep its container full of water so this low-light plant stays hydrated.

3. Orchid

Orchids are tropical plants that flourish in heavy, humid environments. The indoor air flow of your bathroom provides just that, especially if you're a fan of toasty showers.

While many gardeners complain that these blooms are temperamental, the real trick is that you simply need to stick them on a bathroom windowsill. The indirect sunlight will keep it happy in its wet environment.

4. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a must in any house. If you're going to grow it in the bathroom though, just make sure that you place it in a sunny window. It needs more than a little light to grow to its fullest potential.

While it looks beautiful, it is also incredibly useful if you need immediate relief from sunburns, cuts, or bug bites.

5. Cast Iron Plant

These indoor plants were extremely popular in the Victorian era. Probably because both cast iron plants (or aspidistra) and the Victorians loved austerity. This super hardy plant can tolerate almost anything, including your bathroom. For best results, let the soil dry out completely between waterings.

This super hardy plant can tolerate almost anything, including your bathroom. For best results, let the soil dry out completely between waterings. Stick those potted plants on a high shelf and they'll do most of the work.

6. Peace Lily

Peace lilies are lush and beautiful. Useful because their leaves filter the air, producing better air quality if you want to make sure it blooms, too, keep it in low light and keep the soil damp.

They thrive in filtered light, and a low-light bathroom is an ideal spot.

7. Boston Fern

Ferns naturally grow in the outdoor equivalent of a bathroom. They love low light and high humidity, the exact conditions of most bathrooms. That means you can easily grow a beautiful plant with very little maintenance.

In fact, this is one of those shower plants that would gladly share the space with you. The natural humidity of daily showers does the trick of keeping it lush.

8. Snake Plant

Snake Plants, also known as "mother-in-law's tongue", are extremely low-maintenance. Simply stick it into a bathroom and watch it thrive. As a bonus, this plant will filter out the formaldehyde that is often found in cleaning products and toilet paper.

9. Azalea

Azaleas may have the most beautiful blooms out of all bathroom flowers. Coming in purple, white, pink, and red, these flowers are the perfect way to give your bathroom some color as they thrive in warm, humid environments.

10. Ivy

Ivy is beautiful, but not always a good idea on the outside of the house. Inside a bathroom, however, it can scale the walls or the metal pipes framing the tub. You can even hang it up high and let the leaves droop down and the sunlight filter through its greenery.

This post was originally published on June 5, 2019.

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