Best Houseplants For Your Bathroom

Dated: 04/09/2020

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Best Houseplants for Your Bathroom

Best Houseplants for Your Bathroom

A simple and inexpensive way to incorporate life and color into any space in your home is by adding plants. When you think about incorporating plants into your house, you may not immediately think that a bathroom is the ideal place to put them. Usually, as an added design element, we focus on placing them in larger, main rooms of the house, like the entryway or living room. In this blog, we’re guiding you through an underestimated place for your houseplants: the bathroom! We’ve outlined some of our favorites that thrive and grow in a bathroom environment, whether you’re working with a space that has no light, low light, or is bright and sunny.

A question you may have before starting off is, where is the best place to buy plants? We recommend looking at a local nursery first. The employees there are usually very knowledgeable about different types of plants and plant care in your region, and may be able to answer specific questions you may have. If you don’t have nurseries in your area, try a garden center at a hardware or home improvement store.

Note: We love to put plants in baskets, as you’ll see in a few of our pictures. We recommend putting a plastic tray below your plant’s container at the bottom of the basket. That way you don’t have to remove it from the basket to water.

Plants for Low-Light Bathrooms



+ Light  Low light or indirect light indoors, does not tolerate direct sun.
+ Water  Provide it plenty of water to keep moist through spring and summer, reduce watering in the winter. To avoid overwatering, the soil should feel moist to the touch after watering, not wet.
+ Additional notes  This plant is easy to care for, so if you want to give an indoor or bathroom plant a try, but you’re nervous about maintaining it—the Cast Iron Plant is a great place to start.

(Sourcebook — 2)


+ Light  Tolerates low light, but grows well in medium to higher light. Does not do well in direct sunlight.
+ Water  Water frequently enough to keep the soil moist. You’ll know it’s time to water when the top inch of soil is dry. Yellow leaves often mean it’s been overwatered. (This applies to all indoor plants, as overwatering generally turns leaves yellow.)
+ Additional notes  Trim out dead, discolored or damaged leaves as they pop up. Use sharp, clean scissors to avoid damaging the stems. Snip the stems at the leaf node, which is right where the leaf meets the stem.

(Sourcebook  3)


+ Light  Grows best in partial sun, partial shade locations.
+ Water  Water on a regular basis, every couple of days.
+ Additional notes  This plant is very poisonous when ingested and has a high toxicity level. We suggest setting it out of reach of children and away from pets, such as on a bathroom vanity or shelf.

(Sourcebook — 4) 


+ Light  This cactus prefers indirect light and to be protected from direct afternoon sunlight.
+ Water  Never allow the soil to get soggy, but water regularly during the growing season (Spring and Summer).


+ Spade Leaf Philodendron
+ Mantara (Prayer Plant)
+ Spider Plant
+ Dieffenbachia

Plants for Bright and Sunny Bathrooms

(Sourcebook — 5)


+ Light  This plant does best in full, direct sunlight, such as on a windowsill.
+ Water  Make sure the soil is well drained, yet remains regularly wet or damp. Pitcher plants do best in conditions that are constantly damp and humid. With enough light, this one is the perfect plant for the bathroom environment.
+ Additional notes — A pitcher plant is a Carnivorous plant, which means that it traps and consumes insects. The light green bulb-like structure on the plant contains a sweet nectar for fly traps.

(Sourcebook — 6)


+ Light  Needs a bright, indirectly sunny spot indoors. Direct sunlight will scorch the leaves, so rotate it 2-4 times a week since it grows towards the sun.
+ Water  Allow soil to dry between waterings. When the leaves look droopy, it’s time to water.
+ Additional notes  The Chinese Money Plant is known for helping to increase oxygen flow.

(Sourcebook — 7) 


+ Light  Thrives in bright sunlight and does best near a window.
+ Water  Soil should remain moist in most seasons. Allow the soil to dry out more between waterings in the winter. A daily mist of water helps it grow and stay healthy.
+ Additional notes  The healthier you buy your palm, the more likely it is to thrive when you give it the right attention. To ensure you get a healthy palm, avoid choosing one with dry soil or browning leaves.

(Sourcebook — 8)


+ Light  Plenty of bright sunlight is preferred by air plants.
+ Water  Every 2-3 weeks place the air plant in a shallow dish of water for about 12 hours.
+ Additional notes  Faux air plants are an almost-identical second option if you don’t want to worry about the care.


+ Dancing Lady Orchid (fills small spaces with vanilla scent)
+ Ground-Ivy or Creeping Charlie (aromatic, perennial, evergreen creeper of the mint family)
+ Pothos Ivy

Note  Be sure to keep in mind as you’re planning for your space that some plants can be toxic to people and animals when ingested. Make sure to do your own research before buying and keep toxic plants out of the reach of kids and animals.

Plants for Bathrooms with No Light

If you have a bathroom with very little or no natural light, faux plants as well as dried flowers or dried stems are also great options for your space.

(Sourcebook  9)



+ Light + Water   The stems in this picture are fresh cut and will last about one week in a vase of water, sunlight or no sunlight. To enjoy your stems even longer, you can begin the process of drying by placing them in an empty vase.
+ Additional notes   The minty, fresh smell of eucalyptus is what this plant is best known for, and is also an effective insect repellent. Potted eucalyptus requires full sun to thrive indoors or outdoors and requires ample, regular waterings.

We hope this guide helps to start you off on the right foot to finding the bathroom plants that work best for you. Want to see more plant guides or have questions about specific types from the post? Leave a comment below!

S O U R C E B O O K // Here’s where you can find the specific products we used in this blog.

Rug –
Duffey Watering Can –
Stool – antique
Towels –

Planter –
Wood Bead Plant Hanger –
Towel –

Clear glass organizer –
Gray Bath Canister, Hearth & Hand with Magnolia –
Towels –

Apotheke Shampoo –
Brush – Set & Co.
Planter – antique

Candle –
Wood tray, Hearth and Hand with Magnolia –
Towels –
Maya Hanging Terracotta Pot – coming soon to
Amber Bath Canister – Hearth & Hand with Magnolia,

Organic Cotton Fouta Towel –

Towel –
Knot and Weave Bath Mat –

Tray –

Wood tray, Hearth & Hand with Magnolia –
Ginkgo Potted Plant –
Potted Fern (Fishbone) –
Towels –

Hand towel –
Recycled Glass Vase –

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Valerie Childress

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