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The mood-boosting and aesthetic qualities of plants can liven up any room. Whether you are aiming for your home to resemble a greenhouse or you’ve never owned a plant in your life, you might be wondering if plants can do as well in your bathroom as in any other area of your home.
Plants can certainly be used to decorate your bathroom. That being said, if you want to dodge the disappointment of having plant wilt or shrivel heartbreakingly fast, find out what plants are best suited for the lingering humidity that comes with your daily showers.
I’ve put together five plants that will not only survive but often prefer to live in your bathroom.
Phalaenopsis (Moth) Orchids
A personal favorite of mine, the Phalaenopsis orchid can bloom into beautiful flowers under the right circumstances. My mother has had two of the stunning plants on her bathroom windowsill for fifteen years, and they are still thriving. They come in a wide variety of colors and can thrive as an accent piece in your bathroom.
Water Makes a World of Difference
Phalaenopsis Orchids need water but don’t want to drown. Their potting substance should be kept lightly damp; for success, it is best to choose a free-draining potting mix (fir bark is a popular choice). Diehard fans of humidity, the moisture they get from the bathroom air makes it an excellent environment for growth and budding.
Keep the Air Flowing
For success with a moth orchid in your bathroom, ensure that there is enough air circulation happening. Opening your window from time to time is helpful, especially during fall months when it is their time to bloom. Running your bathroom fan regularly or even placing a fan on the floor can be of assistance.
Feeding Helps Blooming
If you notice that the plant looks healthy but is not producing buds, it might need some added nutrients. When moth orchids are in their “growing season” (spring and summer), spraying them with fertilizer(amazon link) once a week can help with budding so soon enough the tropical flowers will be popping out in your bathroom.
Be Conscious of the Sun
Where you should place your moth orchid varies depending on what kind of light your bathroom gets.
Orchids should never be placed in an area where they will have the afternoon sun beaming right at them. The best spot is near a window where light is bright, but they can’t be burned by the suns’ rays.
- Toxic if consumed by pets or children
Peace Lilies can form a mutually beneficial relationship with your bathroom. They can appreciate the moisture in the air while they help keep your bathroom mold-free, as they are thought to have air-cleansing qualities. Simple and elegant, the Peace Lily complements your bathroom without drawing too much attention to itself.
If you struggle with remembering to water your plants on a daily basis, have no fear.
Peace Lilies can do just fine going longer between waterings. They’d prefer you leave them a little thirsty to over-watering them. There is no time frame to how often they should be watered, just give them a sprinkle when their potting feels dry.
Ample Lighting = More Chance of Flowering
Peace lilies are not too particular about the light they are getting. If your bathroom doesn’t receive too much light, it can still grow okay. That being said, if you’re looking to see their trademark white flower, your best bet is to leave them in an area where they’re getting plenty of bright, but indirect, sunlight.
No Bathroom Window? You Still Have a Shot
If your bathroom lacks a window, you can try out a grow light(amazon link). They give off a light that is similar to what plants receive from the sun, and can provide a little extra strength to their growth and lifespan. Grow lights can also be a nice addition to your bathroom even if you have a window that doesn’t provide much light to the room.
Tillandsia (Air Plants)
Save the soil. As the name suggests, air plants absorb nutrients and water from their atmosphere rather than relying on messy potting mixes. Tillandsia is a convenient option for a bathroom plant, as the abundant water vapor can reduce the efforts to care for them.
Tillandsia can be strung about your bathroom in a variety of places, the shower being no exception. While you wash away the day, the air plants can get a much-appreciated drink from the steam. Plus, they’re fairly light and can be suctioned to the wall.
Tillandsias do like a healthy amount of indirect light, so if your shower is rather dark there are other options. They can be mounted on the wall, hung from the ceiling, or simply placed on the counter.
Give Them a Bath
Since Tillandsia doesn’t absorb water from their potting mix, they should be soaked. This means submerging them in a bowl filled with room temperature water (tap is fine) for ten minutes or so on a weekly to biweekly basis. Be sure to delicately shake off water droplets after removing the plants and set them to dry for a few hours.
If you’re looking for a plant that is large and lush, the Boston fern is perfect. In the wild, they grow in swampy areas where the air is thick with moisture, so the bathroom will be much preferred over the rest of your house.
Give Them Room and the Right Light
A common trend among bathroom-loving plants is that they perform best in indirect light. If your bathroom window has sunlight beaming through, place the fern in an area where it won’t be fried. They like to be in a cooler area, so avoid placing them next to heating vents or
Be warned that the ferns can grow fairly large. If you find they are taking up space that you don’t have, consider placing them in a pot that can hang.
Don’t Leave Them Dry
Humidity is very important to the ferns. If you worry that your bathroom is not providing enough moisture in the air, you use a spray bottle to give them some extra misting. A sign to increase the humidity around the fern is if its leaves start to look yellow or brown.
Boston Ferns like their soil to be kept consistently damp; they will not do well if you let their soil dry out too much. Frequently feel their potting mixture and keep it watered so it’s lightly moist.
- Toxic to pets (when eaten)
Snake plants are praised for their flexibility. If you’re not sure if your bathroom gets enough of the bright, indirect light other bathroom-friendly plants to do, the unique plant is a great option as they can live impressive lives in a variety of light conditions.
Biggest Tip: Don’t Overwater
One thing that can damage the life of your snake plant is too much water; it can cause rotting roots and sad-looking leaves. Snake plants typically only need to be watered every couple of weeks, and if placed in a humid bathroom you could save even more time between waterings.
If you notice that your snake plant’s leaves are becoming floppy or even dying, you still have a chance to revive them. Let it get nice and thirsty, even more so than usual, and see if it is showing any signs of progress.
Keep Them Warm
If you live in a colder climate, something that can hurt the resilient plants is chilly temperatures. If cold air tends to seep through your window during the winter, make sure to place your snake plant a good distance away from it.
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