The top 5 best plants that will grow and thrive in your bathroom
Before Christmas, we told you that houseplants are a great way to update your bathroom on a budget, but in such an unforgiving environment, which plants are more likely to survive? Nicky Roeber, Online Horticultural Expert from Wyevale Garden Centres told us the top five best plants to keep in the bathroom.
Adding plants to your bathroom is a great way to add a splash of colour and provides a great contrast to white tiling and ceramic fittings. But often the biggest problem we face when putting plants in bathrooms is the humidity from steamy baths and showers.
To make sure your bathroom plants survive, it’s best to choose something which will thrive in this kind of environment. In this article, I’ll be giving you my top five houseplants which will look great and are most suited to survive in your bathroom.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is one of the handiest plants to have around due to its soothing properties. The gel found inside the leaves can be used as a topical ointment for cuts, scrapes, burns and dry skin, so it’s definitely something you’ll want in your bathroom.
Aloe vera plants like lots of light and warmth, so they’re best placed close to a window, where they can get enough sunlight. Because they need very little water, the humidity from your daily shower is enough to help them thrive.
2. Peace Lily
Peace lilies are particularly striking with their glossy leaves and white flowers, which makes them lovely additions to your décor. These plants are also great for their air purifying properties. Research conducted by NASA found that the plant was effective at removing chemicals such as trichloroethylene, benzene and formaldehyde from the air, which all may be present in your bathroom.
Peace lilies are especially great for bathrooms because they love the humid environment that you can’t normally get in other rooms of the house. Try to place it close to a shower where it can get plenty of steam. Like aloe vera, the humidity in the air will usually help to keep it moist, so it won’t need watering often. Only water your peace lily when the soil feels dry to touch.
3. Snake Plant
The snake plant is usually very hardy. It prefers low light, and isn’t fussy with heat or water, so it’ll be happy in your humid bathroom and won’t die straight away from over or underwatering.
Just like the peace lily, snake plants also have great air purifying properties. They remove toxins such as formaldehyde from the air which normally occur in bathrooms from cleaning products, grout and some cosmetics. Formaldehyde is commonly linked to skin, eye, nose and throat irritation, so snake plants are ideal in bathrooms where chemicals can build up.
4. Chinese Evergreen
Chinese evergreens are very easy plants to grow. They prefer warm and humid environments, so make great additions to your bathroom. They’re not very fussy and don’t need a great deal of light, but it’s best to keep them in relatively medium to low lighting or away from indirect sunlight. Apart from that, Chinese evergreen plants are usually pretty hardy, so they’re good if you’re sometimes prone to neglecting your houseplants.
Ivy is ideal for the bathroom because of its purifying properties, clearing the air and preventing mould, which can be common in bathrooms where there is often a lot of moisture. It looks particularly attractive hung from baskets from the wall or ceiling, letting the long vines hang down — this is a great solution for smaller rooms where there isn’t much counter space for a plant. They usually prefer moderate light and high humidity, so place them away from any direct sunlight.
Remember, plants can add a lot more than just their aesthetic value: many houseplants also have great air purifying properties which are ideal for smaller rooms which can build up a high concentration of chemicals and damp. When choosing a plant for the bathroom, it’s best to consider ones which are keen on humid environments, as these are most likely to thrive.
So, there you have it! If you’re wanting to add more plants to your bathroom, we hope Nicky’s expert advice has helped you choose which houseplant would be perfect for you and your home. If you’d like more bathroom inspiration, check out our gallery or get in touch to speak to one of our expert bathroom advisors.