Plants are the perfect accessory for any bathroom by adding pops of color and texture. Keep reading to learn about our favorite plants (that also thrive!) in a bathroom.
Air plants (Tillandsia sp.) are strange, fascinating plants since they grow on top of surfaces rather than in the ground. One reason we love air plants so much is that they're so easy to care for - even if you have branded yourself with a black thumb!
Air plants thrive in humid environments with indirect light, so they are perfect for a bathroom. You can even get creative and hang them in the shower - just make sure they don’t come in direct contact with the water. They prefer to pull moisture from the air, rather than water itself.
Air plants thrive in bright indirect light, so they're perfect for hanging in your north or west facing windows in a bathroom.
We recommend misting them once or twice weekly. Keep an eye on them to make sure they dry off within a few hours, or you may have issues down the road due to overwatering.
Prayer plants (Maranta sp.) are one of our favorite genus of plant because of their beautiful leaf patterns, color and versatility. Prayer plants grow well in hanging baskets or planters, making them an ideal plant to style a room with.
Humidity is very important for prayer plants, which is why a bathroom environment is perfect for them. And, it’s not like you needed another excuse for long, hot showers in the winter.
Prayer plants thrive in bright indirect light.
Prayer plants like to have moist soil, but never ever like it to be soggy. If you notice yellowing on young leaves, back off on watering.
Standard potting soil is great for prayer plants.
Orchid cacti (Epiphyllum sp.) make for beautiful houseplants. They are striking in their appearance with long, pendant leaves that are perfect for a hanging planter. Many species also bloom at night, producing large, showing flowers that smell amazing.
Orchid cacti are true cacti that happen to live in tropical forests, rather than arid deserts. Thus they require more water and more humidity than what most of us might think of when thinking about a typical cactus, making a warm, steamy bathroom a perfect environment for them to grow.
Filtered light is best for their growth. They will tolerate full morning sun, but be sure to protect them from direct sunlight after noon.
Orchid cacti want to be watered about once a week. Let the soil dry out completely between waterings. Note that orchid cacti can be fussy about their water. We suggest using bottled or de-mineralized water to prevent unfavorable reactions to treated tap water.
Standard potting soil with added peat or sand (3:1 ratio) is best for orchid cacti.
Bird’s Nest Fern
The Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium sp.) comes in a few, stunning varieties. This tropical plant's leaves range from extremely curly and lace like to wavy or straight, and they typically grow up to two feet long. Regardless of the leaf type, all varieties of Bird's Nest Ferns prefer to be away from direct sunlight. They love humidity, so a bathroom can be a perfect home for them.
Indirect sunlight is ideal. This plant will thrive in a north facing window.
Bird's Nest Ferns prefer to remain moist. Keep it from sitting in stagnating water to prevent rot. It enjoys a bit of humidity because it is a tropical plant, but it's less necessary for this type of fern.
Standard potting soil is great for the Bird's Nest Fern.
Mistletoe cacti (Rhipsalis baccifera, Rhipsalis sp.) are a weird and wonderful addition to any plant collection. While many people think of the prickly plants that are native to the American deserts when they hear the name “cactus“, most mistletoe cacti have no needles, and they would not survive the dry soil and bright sun of a desert.
Our favorite way to display them is in a hanging basket or pot in an east-facing window.
Mistletoe cacti do best with morning sun and full shade in the afternoon.
Mistletoe cacti are not drought-resistant plants, so regular watering is essential. Water once a week and let the soil dry out completely between waterings.
Standard potting soil with added gravel (2:1 ratio) is best for mistletoe cacti, as it helps ensure proper drainage.