Plants have the wonderful ability to add beauty to a home. They work in virtually any room – yet we seldom find them in bathrooms.
Although to some plants bathroom moisture may be too much, there are plants that thrive in a moist environment: high humidity and warmth of the bathroom is what tropical plants thrive off. And for Capetonians in the throes of drought, this is a discerning water-saving way to keep plants beautifying your home. Over and above, it adds a fresh touch to one of the most-used rooms in the house.
Here’re eight plants that love the bathroom.
Although orchids can be temperamental, they have potential to work in the bathroom. They grow in bark instead of soil, and prefer to be damp not wet. Thus, the moist environment of the bathroom is perfect. Some easier-care varieties of orchids include Dendrobium, Phalaenopsis, and Paphiopedilums, which will all do well with bright, filtered bathroom window light.
Pothos house plants are one of the easiest to maintain in the home (making them exceedingly popular) – made even easier by allowing them to thrive in the bathroom. All they really need is to be kept out of direct sunlight with moist soil – not dry. They also come in a variety of leaf sizes and colours, so you can find one that suits your bathroom perfectly.
3. grape ivy
If you have cabinets in your bathroom that need dramatic flair, add grape ivy to cascade down. This playful plant prefers bright windows and evenly moist soil. It is also a vigorous climber, so it could work along a windowsill too.
4. aloe vera
The juice found in Aloe Vera is filled with vitamins and minerals. The gel can be used as a topical treatment for minor cuts and burns, insect bites, dry skin and more. It seems fitting that this plant be in the bathroom along with other medicinal and beauty products. Aloe Vera need very little water, so by featuring it in the bathroom you may never need to water it at all.
Bamboo is a minimalist, non-fussy plant that adds a pop of green to your bathroom. Place a stalk or two in a container with some water and let it be. You can change the water every two to four weeks and manage its growth by providing a physical barrier (such as a recessed shelf) or by shaping it regularly.
6. peace lily
Not only is the Peace Lily stunning, it helps to filter out harmful toxins like benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde. This air purifying plant loves the natural humidity of the tropics, so placing it next to a hot steamy shower is perfect. It also likes low light conditions.
Bromeliads are striking and add a pop of colour. They adore moist environments and get most of their moisture from the air rather than the soil. In fact, they don’t like living in wet soil at all so you seldom have to water them.
Gardenia’s are a tricky house plant, but their stunning blooms make it worthwhile. They do not like cold draughts or sudden heat; instead, they thrive in humidity, thus, placing them in the bathroom is ideal. (Plus bright indirect light from the bathroom will make these plants easier to maintain.)