Intimidated by the thought of caring for houseplants, the real kind? I can totally relate! I feel like a serial houseplant killer most times because I could not, for the life of me, keep a plant alive for more than two weeks. Thankfully, there are houseplants that are a cinch to care for!
We’ve already outlined some of the best houseplants to keep in a small apartment but if you’re planning to put a couple of potted plants in the bathroom, you need houseplants that thrive in extremely humid environments. Good thing there are hardy houseplants that prefer low light, high humidity and warm places like the bathroom! Here are some of our favorite houseplants:
Orchids are notoriously temperamental so they are not for the faint of heart but some varieties are easy to grow, such as the Phalaenopsis, Dendrobium, and the Paphiopedilums. Since orchids love moist and warm environments, they will look right at home in the bathroom. The bathroom’s tropical-like conditions and filtered light make it much easier for orchids to bloom. When caring for orchids, always keep the soil damp, not wet. Do not forget to fertilize on a weekly or bi-weekly basis!
Bromeliads are stunning houseplants that love humid, warm environments like your small apartment’s bathroom! As with most houseplants that thrive in humid environments, Bromeliads absorb moisture from the air and loves filtered or indirect light. Just like orchids, keep the soil damp, not wet. When properly cared for, Bromeliads will grow these beautiful, vivid red or dainty pink blooms!
Cyclamen can be tricky to grow indoors but as long as the conditions are right, this houseplant will thrive! Cyclamen needs bright light especially in the winter so this is the type of houseplant that you should set near the bathroom window. Water the cyclamen from the bottom instead of the leaves to keep these pretty plants happy. After blooming, the cyclamen will go dormant and the leaves will turn yellow and fall off. Just stop watering the plant, remove the dead foliage, and it will re-bloom again within a few months.
Known for its sweet-smelling, delicate white flowers, Gardenias are some of the best low-maintenance houseplants to keep in the bathroom (or any shady spot in your small apartment, for that matter). Gardenias love low light, high humidity environments. They hate cold drafts or direct sunlight. This flowering plant does not require frequent watering. Provide water only when the soil is dry to the touch and you are good to go. Add fertilizer during the growing season to get those gorgeous flowers!
Lucky bamboo is another resilient, low-maintenance tropical houseplant that loves the bathroom. You can’t find a houseplant that’s easier to grow than the lucky bamboo, this plant doesn’t even require soil to thrive. Just place the lucky bamboo in a clear, decorative vase or a ceramic container, add a few smooth pebbles then fill the container with water and you are done. Change the water once a week to prevent rot. Use fertilizer sparingly.
If you want to add gorgeous pops of colors to your bathroom, I highly suggest getting a couple of azaleas. Azaleas are known for their striking purple, white, pink and red blooms! Potted azaleas are a cinch to maintain and they thrive in warm, humid environments. These are the kind of houseplants that don’t require much sunlight, just some natural light during the day is enough to make pretty azaleas happy!
Peace Lily is distinct for its deep green, glossy leaves and elegant, pure white flowers. It’s a great houseplant because Peace Lily filters out chemicals in the air, refreshing the muggiest spots in your small apartment, like the bathroom. This houseplant loves indirect light and moist environments. It’s a great houseplant to display in a low-light bathroom.
Aloe vera is one of the lowest-maintenance houseplants there is. This plant loves bright, warm environments. It requires sporadic watering and is hard to kill. Aloe vera is perfect for anyone who’d like to try incorporating houseplants into their homes for the first time. The best part? You can use aloe vera to treat a variety of skin problems such as burns, insect bites, and even acne.
Think a window-less bathroom is no place for a houseplant? You’re wrong! The begonia plant is a hardy houseplant that loves low light, humid environments. This houseplant doesn’t need a lot of light to thrive, it prefers fluorescent or artificial light. Caring for Begonias is a breeze, they only need a mist of water a couple of times per week. When cared for properly, you’ll be rewarded with the loveliest blooms.
Asparagus fern is known for its wispy, delicate foliage, which looks quite striking against a monochromatic bathroom. This houseplant isn’t just pretty, it does a great job of purifying the air. Asparagus fern thrives in extremely humid, moist environment. It’s best to set this houseplant near the tub or shower for maximum moisture. When caring for asparagus fern, leave the soil damp, not soggy. It’s a thirsty houseplant so water it once or twice a week.