Living plants make bathrooms more pleasant places for users, improving the decor and air quality. And bathrooms can be good environments for plants, too. A bathroom is typically a warm, humid room that provides the perfect environment for plants, and water to irrigate the plants is always close at hand.
Most bathrooms usually have less light than standard rooms – some bathrooms may even be windowless. Filtered sunlight or artificial light and steam from the shower can create a unique growing environment for many “bathroom plants”. Here are the best plants to grow in your shower.
1. Golden Pothos
Given the popularity of the golden pothos, you might already have one in the house. With bright leaves trailing down vining stems, a pothos plant looks fabulous cascading from ceiling-hung baskets or pots positioned on high shower shelves. Pothos is an easy-care plant that doesn’t like the direct sun or dry soil, so it’s natural for placement in the shower.
2. Moth Orchids
Moth orchids are stunning, long-lasting curves of blossoms. They are rainforest epiphytes that grow in tree bark in the wild. Moth Orchids thrive in damp, warm shower conditions as long as there is bright, filtered light. Try grouping a few containers on the back lip of the bathtub or tuck an orchid pot into the shower caddy. Let your orchids dry out well between drinks.
3. Peace Lilies
Peace lilies are lush, beautiful and undemanding. Their bright green leaves and elegant ivory flower bracts add energy to a room, but calm it at the same time. They are perfect for a shower space since they love low light and require little care other than the occasional watering. In a humid spot like the shower, you probably won’t need to water your peace lilies at all.
4. Asparagus or Boston Ferns
The filtered light and humidity of a shower will remind your ferns of their prior lives in the forest and keep them green, growing and happy. Shower contractors suggest trying Boston ferns for lower-light showers or lacy asparagus ferns if you’ve got a window or skylight.
5. English Ivy
English Ivy, with its vining habit, is undeniably romantic in a bathroom as it’s known for being a top air-purifying plant. Hang a pot in the window, and let the sunlight filter through its cascading leaves, creating pretty patterns of shade and light.
6. Chinese Evergreen
The popular Chinese evergreen is a slow-growing foliage plant that loves a warm, humid location. If your shower has a skylight or is positioned near a window offering bright, indirect sun, consider one of the pale variegated varieties like Silver Spear. For low-light showers, go for the forest-green species plant.
7. Tropical Pitcher Plant
The tropical pitcher plant is an amazing plant with distinctive “pitchers” that attract insects to their doom. Pitcher plants love moist soil, diffused light and high humidity, so Nepenthes in the shower is a match made in heaven. These plants get big so pick steady support like a built-in shower shelf.
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