Do you want to create a misty oasis in your bathroom? It’s not as hard as you may think. After all, most plants need moisture to survive, and bathrooms have no shortage of it. It is important to choose plants that can handle indirect lighting because most bathrooms don’t offer much natural light. The steam from your shower may be able to rejuvenate plants that were not thriving in another room. If you move a few plants from another room to the bathroom, it may be possible for them to flourish. You can turn your bathroom into a cloud forest with these 10 moisture-loving shower plants.
Eternity Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
With its ability to grow in almost any situation and under less-than-perfect conditions, the eternity plant certainly does live up to its name. It requires little water and low to medium light and, in a naturally lit bathroom, it can flourish nearly without human intervention. The plant is relatively new on the scene as far as houseplants go – it was only commercialized in the mid-1990s. Zamioculcas zamiifolia, its botanical name, is also referred to as ZZ plant.
Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis spp.)
Moth orchids thrive in humid environments, which makes them an excellent shower plant, especially if you live in a drier climate. Orchids have a reputation for being finicky, but the moth orchid is widely regarded as one of the best orchids to grow in a home since it grows quickly and blooms often. Ideally, they should be situated near a window that gets plenty of sunlight.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
For new plant owners, the spider plant is a great choice as a bathroom plant since it can tolerate a lot. Even in poorly lit conditions, this sprawling plant thrives on moisture. It is also easy to propagate because it grows “spiderettes,” which can be divided and replanted easily. Additionally, it is arguably one of the best plants for removing indoor air pollution.
Air Plant (Tillandsia spp.)
Among the over 670 types of air plants, any of them would likely be the best choice for shower plants. They don’t require soil and can soak up most of the water they need from the air when in a moist environment. Air plants are experiencing a renaissance as houseplants, and some species are being overcollected. If you purchase them, make sure they were grown in a nursery rather than foraged from the wild.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
Snake plants are another easy-to-grow plant that tolerates humidity and low light, and requires little maintenance. The plant is also known as mother-in-law’s tongue because of its sharp, swordlike leaves. These leaves stand upright, giving the plant its distinctive appearance. Snake plants store water in their thick leaves. Despite the fact that it can produce small white flowers, they only appear rarely, even when properly grown.
Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)
Water-loving lucky bamboo grows into spirals or lattices, thanks to its distinctive stalks and its minimalist aesthetic. It isn’t really bamboo, but rather an African species that is closely related to the garden asparagus you might find on your dinner table. Alternatively, it can be grown in water without soil, but you will need to change the water every few weeks.
Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata)
A dragon tree is often referred to as an indestructible houseplant that can survive even inattentive owners. The plant is drought-resistant, but it also tolerates high humidity and is one of the largest plants that will happily live in the bathroom. In the outdoors, dragon trees can grow to about 20 feet tall; indoor varieties can grow to almost 6 feet tall.
Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exalta bostoniensis)
It’s easy to overlook Boston ferns, but this attractive, hardy species makes an excellent bathroom plant. The plants thrive in humid environments and can be hung in hanging baskets in the bathroom to transform the space. Unless the pot drains well, they may even be hung in the shower since they like moist soil.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)
The peace lily is an evergreen flowering plant that is easier to maintain than its delicate blooms would suggest. Central America is home to this species, which makes a steamy bathroom a natural habitat replacement. Depending on care, it can grow up to three feet in height, produce flowers twice a year, and last for months. Pale or curled leaves indicate too much sunlight; it prefers a mix of indirect and direct light.
Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
When given the high humidity that golden pothos prefers, even a novice gardener can feel like a seasoned caregiver. Occasionally, it can add 12 inches of length per month. Rather than grow vertically, its heart-shaped leaves drape down, and it can either be trained to grow on trellises or left to fall naturally. It does well in shade or artificial light as well, even though it prefers bright, natural light.