Top 10 Plants for Your Bathroom

You've just had your bathroom remodelled, or you want to update and add some vivid colour to your bathroom. Plants are the answer to that empty space on your window ledge, shelf or wall. It's becoming the norm to go to someone's house and see plants in the bathroom as well as around the house, so, which plants should you pick from the extensive list at your local garden centre?

There are many reasons the bathroom is the perfect place for plants to strive. We explain the health benefits, whether they are pet friendly and even let you know what their fancy scientific names are.

1. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

Probably one of the most common plants you'll find in the bathroom is a spider plant. If you're new to looking after houseplants, these are very easy to care for and they continue to sprout meaning you can re-pot them to create more for other rooms. Their benefits include removing impurities and toxins from the moist air (for example, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide). Spider plants are non-toxic to animals, so if you have pets, you need not worry about them getting too close. These plants like a good amount of sunlight, but should not be overwatered. The perfect plant for beginner plant lovers!

2. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

The peace lily is one of the prettiest plants you can have in your bathroom. You may not want just greenery, so the peace lily spouts beautiful flowers which can really bring your room alive. This plant thrives best in low light and damp soil - regular watering is a must if you want the flowers to bloom. The peace lilies best spot is in the bathroom as it loves the humidity and helps remove mould spores in the air. If you have mould, this can affect your respiratory system causing chest problems and asthma. They also filter out 5 dangerous toxins from the air - benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia. Despite the benefits, if you have allergies (hayfever for example), you may be allergic to this plant. Lilies are highly poisonous to animals, so placement for this flower is crucial. Just a couple of reasons to consider if they are the right choice for you and whether you have pets or a lot of house guests.

3. Snake Plant (Dracaena Trifasciata)

A highly recommended plant to be bought for your house is the snake plant. Also known as the 'Mother-in-Law's Tongue', this plant has a yellow edge to the leaves and grows vertically. Don't let the name put you off, the snake plant is known to filter 4 of the 5 dangerous toxins which can occur from sick building syndrome. Are you known to neglect your plant babies, but love having them around the house? Snake plants can cope with the lack of natural light for a long period of time despite the fact they thrive off bright sunlight. However, this plant is mildly harmful to animals if consumed, so should not be left at a low height if you have pets.

4. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata)

If you're after a plant with little maintenance, ferns are a match made in heaven for bathrooms. They live off humidity and dim light. Boston ferns give back to us by helping people with dry skin due to their air purity properties and are non-toxic to pets (although, cats love to play with this particular leafy plant). This plant can be found in shower enclosures and baths because a daily rinse is best for them. Doing this means you won't have to remember to water them as they'll get it every morning without you having to think about it! You can also have these plants hung on your bathroom walls with the gorgeous foliage as a statement piece.

5. Aloe Vera

Are you prone to cuts, burns, bites or dry skin? Aloe vera is your new best friend thanks to it's healing properties! Break off a bit of this plant, cover the affected area with the juice and it will soothe the irritation. If you want to grow one in your bathroom, make sure you get a lot of sunlight through your window as they need this to grow fully. Aloe Vera's do not require too much water but should be watered consistently. Try once a week - if the soil is dry, then water it more, but if it's still wet, then wait longer in between feeding it. A downside to the gel in the leaves is that they can make the surrounding areas sticky, so you may want to check and clean the ledge when you water it. This plant can make pets very sick so it is considered moderately toxic to animals.

6. Orchid (Orchidaceae)

Orchids are ideal for the bathroom environment, especially if you like hot, steamy showers. Being a tropical plant, they love humidity but don't think they need constant watering because of this. Their soil shouldn't be soaked in water as this can rot the roots, but if the flowers are falling off or the leaves are starting to go brown, then they are not being watered enough. The orchid can be accompanied by others to create a beautiful feature in your bathroom. After the flowers have finished blossoming (this can be up to 12 weeks), your orchid will need pruning so it can start its new growing cycle. This means it can be a bit time consuming to look after them, but as they are considered non-toxic to animals, they are definitely beautiful plants to add to your home decor.

7. Bamboo (Bambusoideae)

Bamboo doesn't necessarily need soil to strive to be a gorgeous green plant. All you need to really to do is make sure the pot or container is filled with water and add some pebbles - it's a pretty tame plant. However, the leaves can get a bit out of control, so you may need to trim them back if you want to maintain a neat appearance. The leaves from a bamboo plant can contain up to 22% protein which can be ingested by animals; however, most fertilisers use chemicals that can be harmful so keep this in mind. Bamboo is often thought of as "lucky" and if you follow feng shui, you'll know they attract positive vibes including happiness and health. If this interests you, check out our bathroom feng shui tips article.

8. Cast-Iron Plant (Aspidistra Elatior)

This plant got the name 'cast-iron' because it's very difficult to kill. If you're new to being a plant owner or you've accidentally killed plants in the past, this beauty will do wonders in your life. It can pretty much manage all atmospheres so being placed in any bathroom is no problem at all. For best results, only water cast iron plants when the soil is completely dry - other than that, they do all the hard work for you! Cast iron plants are non-toxic to animals making them the gift that keeps on giving.

9. Parlour Palm (Chamaedorea Elegans)

The parlour palm is great if you're limited to space in your bathroom. They grow vertical and have beautiful little leaves which prefer low levels of sunlight. These plants do not like draughts, so keep them away from vents as this can make them dry up and produce brown tips. Even though parlour palms are a good start for beginners, they can often be over watered (loved to death, if you will), but finding the right balance between light and water, this plant will flourish. A bonus is that they are non-toxic to animals - your furry friends are safe with this plant.

10. Croton Plant (Codiaeum Variegatum)

If you're after a plant that has vivid colours to brighten up the room, crotons are an excellent choice. They come in many variants when it comes to colour, length, shape and thickness. If you shop around, you're bound to find the right one that ticks all the boxes. Crotons enjoy high humidity but the light they require depends on the colour of the intividual plant. The rule to go by is, the more colourful and vibrant they are, the more sunlight it will need. When it comes to watering, it's worth noting not to over water as they don't like sitting in wet soil - only feed them when the soil is dry to the touch. As beautiful as these plants are, they are mildly toxic to animals so should probably be kept out of a pet friendly home.

There are three main factors you need to consider when purchasing houseplants:

  • Do you have the time to take care of the plant's needs?
  • Do you have pets? / Do they have access to the bathroom?
  • What health benefits are you after?

After answering these questions, it will help narrow down the type of plants that will improve your home and the lifestyle you live.

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