Want to turn your bathroom into a misty oasis? It’s easier than you think. Most plants love moisture and most bathrooms are full of it. Some houseplants that weren’t thriving in another room might flourish in the bathroom with the steam from your shower.
You don’t need to spend a fortune to build your own personal cloud forest, just start with these 10 water-loving shower plants.
Eternity Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
The eternity plant is an appropriate name for a plant that can grow in many situations and under less-than-perfect care. The fungus requires only a little water and low to medium light, and in a bathroom with natural lighting, it can thrive almost without human attention. This tropical plant not only is new to the houseplant scene, but it’s also brand-new to commercial propagation. It’s also known as the ZZ plant, in reference to its botanical name, Zamioculcas zamiifolia.
Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis spp.)
Because the moth orchid thrives in humid environments, it makes a perfect shower plant, especially if you live in a drier environment. Though many orchids have a reputation for being fickle, the moth orchid can flower frequently, grows easily, and is generally preferred to most other orchids in the home. These plants like a lot of light, and it is best to place them near a bright window.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
This makes them a great choice as a bathroom plant for beginners, because they can withstand a lot. A sprawling plant that loves moisture can thrive in poor lighting conditions as well. It’s also easy to propagate because it produces small spikelets that can be divided and replanted. Furthermore, it’s very effective at removing air pollution when placed indoors.
Air Plant (Tillandsia spp.)
One of the more than 670 air plant species might be the easiest shower plant out there. Natives of South America don’t require soil and can soak up the majority of their water needs from the air when in a moist environment. Air plants are experiencing a revival in popularity as a houseplant, and some species are being overcollected. Be sure to buy the ones which are not overcollected.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
A snake plant is another easy-to-grow plant that can tolerate humidity and low light, as well as not requiring much attention. It is known as mother in law’s tongue because of its upright sword-like leaves and because they store water in their thick leaves. Although it can produce small, white flowers, they only seem infrequently, even when grown in proper conditions.
Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)
Known for its minimalist aesthetic and distinct stalks that can be trained into spirals or lattices, lucky bamboo is a water-loving plant of great beauty. It’s not actually related to bamboo, but is an African species closely related to the garden asparagus you will find on your dinner table. Despite the fact that it can be grown in water without soil, be sure to change the water every few weeks if you choose this method.
Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata)
A dragon tree has been called an indestructible houseplant because it can survive even the least attentive owners. Despite being relatively drought resistant, it can also withstand high humidity, making it one of the largest house plants that will thrive in the bathroom. Outside, dragon trees can grow up to 20 feet in height; some indoor varieties can be about six feet tall.
Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exalta bostoniensis)
Boston ferns are incredibly common, making it easy to overlook them, but they make for a perfect bathroom plant thanks to their hardiness and attractive appearance. Hanging baskets can be displayed anywhere in the bathroom to transform the space and they prefer humid environments. As long as the pot drains well, you can even hang them in the shower because they prefer moist soil.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)
The peace lily is a flowering evergreen that is easier to take care of than it seems from its delicate blooms. This species is at home in hot, tropical climates, making a steamy bathroom a natural replacement habitat.
The plant can grow up to three feet in height, and its flowers can appear twice a year if well nurtured. A mix of indirect light and shade is optimal for it; pale or curled leaves can be a sign of too much sunlight.
Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
When grown in the high humidity it likes best, Golden pothos can make even a novice gardener feel like a seasoned green thumb. Although the plant prefers bright, natural light, it can also do well in shade or even artificial lighting. Its heart-shaped leaves drape rather than growing vertically, and can be trained on trellises or allowed to fall naturally.
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