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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Top Bathroom Plants

Bathrooms offer challenges in terms of what houseplants to put in the area. However, bathrooms also offer great opportunities for houseplants that may not do well in other areas of your home. For example, a bathroom usually will have higher humidity levels from showers and baths; therefore a houseplant that requires higher humidity levels will do very well in a bathroom without you having to mist it.

In order to choose the best houseplant for your bathroom you have to consider the environment your bathroom offers. Most importantly is lighting. If your bathroom has low light levels, which many do, be sure to choose a plant with low light requirements. Like mentioned above, many houseplants require high humidity levels, therefore do not choose a plant that does not like high humidity levels.

Listed below is my list of the best houseplants for bathroom environments:
Chinese Evergreen
Bamboo Varieties
Spider Plants
African Violets
Snake Plants
Aloe Vera Plants
Boston Fern
Peace Lily
Heart-Leaf Philodendrons
Prayer Plants


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have any recommendations for plants in an interior office with no windows? I have overhead lighting which is on most of the day during the week. It's fairly dry in here as well, but not overheated.

I have a Croton, which is dropping leaves (I think it needs more water!), but perhaps there's something that would be better suited.


2:42 PM  
Blogger drayas said...


Unless you get some actual plant lights, I would say plants are not going to do well in an office without any natural light.


3:43 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Hullo, I had a baby palm plant in my kitchen. The poor thing was almost dead when i moved it to my main bathroom. Now it is 2 feet tall and stretching out. Loves being near the shower. Gave it some food. Water once a week. And it seems to be just a humming a long. :o))

2:34 AM  
Blogger val said...

I have a deffenbachia that has cone type things inside its new leaves that are opening up what are these?

10:27 AM  
Anonymous vs said...

Hi, In my office here, we don't get any natural light. One of my coworkers has an incredible Pothos plant which has grown massively and thrives with no natural light!

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you recommend a good bathroom plant that SMELLS NICE?


10:58 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

A bathroom plant that smells good? Hmm. I have a snake plant and a philodendron in my bathroom and they do really well, however neither have much of a scent to them. Actually none of my houseplants really smell like anything. So unfortunately I can't help at all in that department.

The biggest thing with bathrooms is that its a great place for houseplants requiring higher humidity levels because of all the moisture.

What I would do is pick out a plant that works well for you, then get a reed diffuser to get the scent you're looking for.

Any of my readers have any recommendations on plants for this commenter?


1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mother has Africa violets, they love artificial or florescent lights, she also has an interior office and no natural light.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Caroline B. said...

Hi drayas! I love your site! I am wondering if it is at all possible to keep plants on top of the refrigerator? If yes, which types? Thank you, Caroline.

5:39 PM  
Blogger drayas / Logical Mama said...


It would depend on a couple factors. Does your kitchen receive a lot of light? Direct or indirect? Your humidity levels would be somewhat close to the bathroom as you're typically boiling water when cooking.

Use light as a deciding factor though when choosing a plant.


9:32 AM  
Anonymous Cayci said...

I would not recommend a Dieffenbachia in a bathroom with no light. They need about 3-4 hours of indirect light to do well.

My favorite bathroom plants are pothos and Janet Craigs. Janet Craig doesn't spread of go too high or wide. So it's good for a spot that you don't want overwhelmed by plant. Pothos will stretch and grow a lot, just make sure it's somewhere where it looks good doing so!

For offices the pothos is my favorite. It's a stress reducer because it's pretty, inventive with where it grows, and easy to care for.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Kathryn Davies said...

Hi, along this topic, I have a question:
I've recently put a large hylocereus (dragon fruit plant) on a shelf along side the shower. Generally, almost no water rains down on the plant and it would only be getting water at night when we shower and sun the next morning. Nevertheless it is getting burn spots. Does one droplet of water cause such awful damage?
I'm assuming I will have to find another place for it unfortunately and put another plant there. Any recommendations on solutions would be greatly welcomed!
Thank you!

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi, I have prayer plants peace lily spider plants in my bathroom, with flourecent light, I just leave the light on 6 hrs a day, on top of my fridge i got different diefenbaccias and spider plants and aspargus ferns also illumanted by flourecent lights left on 8 hrs a day, alot of plants will grow under flourecent lighting most will. some do better under those flourecent light s than sunlight . just research abit. you ll find out. :)

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try a peace lilly. I've been growing a beautiful healthy one in my office for 3 yrs. I did have to put it in a self watering pot and encourage my boss to not dump old coffee in the soil. Honestly I think the caffeine helps. Good luck.

5:54 PM  

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