As more people adopt green living, houseplants have become a crucial part of interior décor. The trend has officially taken over most rooms in modern houses, including bathrooms. While the bathroom might seem like an odd place to position a plant, it’s a great way to turn it into your personal oasis and remain environmentally friendly. Fortunately, there’s a wide variety of houseplants ideal for your bathroom, including:
- Golden Pothos
Native to Southeast Asia, Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is among the easiest houseplants you can take care of. The plant is known for its heart-shaped leaves, with green and yellow color patterns. In the wild, Pothos overgrown tree trunks and forest floors using an aerial root system.
In a good indoor environment, Golden Pothos can trail up to 10 feet long. That makes them fit for a bathroom setting, as they also help filter gaseous toxins from the air. This plant flourishes in bright, indirect sunlight, though it can withstand low to medium indirect light.
- Snake Plant
If you’re looking for a highly tolerant plant to put in your bathroom, then the snake plant should be among the front runners. Snake plant is relatively easy to grow from cuttings, though it can quickly rot, so you need free-draining soil. However, the easiest way to grow a snake plant is by cutting the fleshy rhizomes produced by its roots and potting them.
After propagating snake plants, taking care of them is easy as you only need to put them in bright indirect sunlight and avoid putting too much water. Even better, these plants can survive drought, low light levels, and several insect issues. Nasa researchers have also shown that snake plants help clean the air in your room by removing toxins like benzene and formaldehyde.
Calathea is a popular indoor décor plant that prefers indirect lighting, making it a perfect addition to your bathroom. These plants feature wide, green leaves that add color to any house, and grows best in moist soil, though they dislike being dried out or being in soggy soil.
These evergreen plants native to Central America are known for their natural leaf holes, leading to their nickname, Swiss Cheese Plant. These tropical shrubs are available in two main species, Monstera adansonii and Monstera deliciosa. Adansonii boasts of longer, tapering leaves than deliciosa, and the leaf holes are entirely enclosed. However, Monstera deliciosa leaf holes tend to grow and open up as the plants mature.
Monstera is a space demanding plant, hence a great choice for people with large bathrooms. Additionally, you’ll need to find a balance between the sunlight and shade, as too much sun will turn its leaves yellow. When left in the dark, it also experiences negative phototropism, making new leaves grow towards the dark.
Alocasia is among the fastest-growing bathroom plants, though it’s sensitive. The plant grows well in large pots, producing new leaves weekly, especially during warm summer months. However, the shape of each leaf varies from arrowheads to heart-shaped leaves. Additionally, they boast of colorful veins and various textures, from glossy, slick, waxy, and thick.
The plant is dormant in the winter, and the rapid leaf growth is diminished. As such, the plant remains in its present condition throughout the season, and rapid growth continues in the next season with proper care. The plant requires loose, well-drained soil, though you’ll need to keep it moist all year long. It’s no wonder it flourishes in the bathroom.
- Watermelon Peperomia
A small plant native to South America, watermelon peperomia has attractive leaves and can grow up to 12 inches tall. Thanks to its small, bushy appearance, it’s best grouped with other indoor plants, though you can also plant it as a ground cover in outdoor settings. Watermelon peperomia is also excellent for beginners as they don’t need a lot of care to thrive.
- Tradescantia Zebrina
Native to Guatemala and southern Mexico, Tradescantia Zebrina is a fast-growing plant loved for its vining growth and boldly colored leaves. The plant needs bright, indirect sunlight to grow, with low light causing its striping to fade. Additionally, it requires a slightly humid environment, making it ideal for the kitchen or the bathroom.