When decorating your apartment bathroom, you may think of towels, baskets and other trinkets for your shelves. But what about house plants? Depending on your bathroom's conditions, you can add a tropical plant or two to thrive in the humidity of your bathroom.
Due to their misty, humid original habitat, some plants do better by your shower than others, thanks to high moisture. Better yet, moisture helps deter pests like spider mites, so your plant can grow a little happier.
Keep on reading to learn more about the 15 best plants for a bathroom.
With polka dots of different sizes and their beautiful maroon leaf backs, begonias thrive in high humidity and warm bathrooms. Low humidity, for example, can lead to crispy leaf tips. They require medium to bright indirect light (that means no direct sun should hit the leaves) so place them near a window or skylight.
They look great on a shelf above the toilet. The begonia's foliage is bright, so pick a solid color pot like terra-cotta with a chunky, fast-draining mix to make the leaves stand out.
They're fast growers, so make sure you use the top shelf.
Pothos are at the top of the easiest plants to take care of — maybe not hard to kill but definitely in the beginner spectrum of house plants. Because of their flexibility with lighting and humidity levels, they are one of the best plants for your bathroom.
Pothos love anything from low to bright indirect light, and it loves to dry out between waterings, making it a great contender for high shelves. Pothos comes in various beautiful patterns and colors — neon green, yellow and white variegation, dark green and others.
These plants love to trail, so a hanging basket near the shower or over the toilet will provide some much-needed drama.
A dragon tree can become the perfect companion for those that are self-proclaimed 'not plant people.' This house plant thrives on neglect as it loves to dry out between waterings.
It likes high humidity and low to medium indirect light so pick a good corner for this statement plant. Dragon trees can grow up to six feet inside, so consider that when you find a corner for it in your bathroom.
If you have pets, we don't recommend this plant as it lives on the floor and it's toxic to cats and dogs.
Originally from Central America, the peace lily loves high humidity environments like your steamy bathroom. Her white flowers appear a couple of times a year, adding to its appeal as bathroom decor.
The peace lily will thrive in a bathroom with a mix of shade and indirect partial light — think morning diffused light and shade afternoon. They do not like direct light, so keep that in mind.
She will grow big, up to three feet in height, if she's happy in your bathroom. Add a peace lily to a nearby shelf or the ledge of your bathtub. Keep an eye on the soil and water it only when dry.
Ferns tend to love extra humidity and moisture. You'll often see them get crispy, dry tips when they don't receive enough. Hailing from Southeast Asia, the bird's nest fern is no different. The bird's nest fern is one of the easiest ferns to keep indoors.
They love moderate indirect light, look great in a hanging basket, and its large leaves give your bathroom an instant tropical feel. You can even hang them right in your shower as they love to get soaked.
Make sure you use a well-draining, chunky mix in its pot.
Typically apartments come with a standard beige on the bathroom walls, and it's hard to decorate around it, especially if your landlord won't let you paint. Use plants to bring a pop of color to your bathroom, like the purple-hued Tradescantia Zebrina.
The Tradescantia Zebrina is a fast-grower that loves to trail and grow in high humidity, bright indirect light environments. This plant often suffers from dried leaves due to low humidity, making it an excellent option for a bathroom hanging plant. Add it to a hanging basket and watch it trail down in all directions.
Keep her soil moist, not water-logged, at all times.
Calatheas get a bad reputation as they're considered one of the hardest houseplants. They're picky about their soil moisture, amount of light and yes, even humidity.
Since they grow in the middle of tropical forests in South America, they need a lot of moisture. Some Calathes are more tolerant to low light than others, like the Calathea "Freddie."
Its darker foliage allows it to sit farther from your bathroom window. Its simple dual-green leaf pattern will make you fall in love with it and its new rolled leaves.
Just remember — moisture, moisture, moisture and it will stay happy in your bathroom.
Look at every beginner house plant list, spider plants are always near the top every time. That's because they can thrive nearly anywhere. They can live in your bathroom in a spot that gets bright indirect light or a place that gets low light, and they love humidity.
The drama of a spider plant is best enjoyed on a hanging basket as they cascade down. If it gets a few crispy tips, don't panic. It just needs a bit more humidity, so be sure to keep it moist.
Eventually, give birth to baby spider plants by propagating cuttings to grow even more plants.
Also nicknamed "Chinese evergreen," Aglaonemas come in many patterns and colors, so there's one for every decor preference. If you want understated, the "Silver Bay" is a good option or if you want more drama, pick one of the many pink and red varieties.
They do well in low light but prefer bright indirect light and high humidity levels so place it in your bathroom window sill, if possible.
These plants are incredibly forgiving as they don't mind if you forget to water them, just keep them away from your bathroom vent, and they will be fine.
Heartleaf philodendron, originally from Central and South America, thrives in tropical-like conditions. It loves high humidity and bright indirect light, so it doesn't get leggy.
Add your pot to a hanging basket as the stems can grow long — up to 20 feet long. You can always cut them off and put them right back in the pot to make it look bushier.
Ensure that the hanging basket doesn't get hit with shower water as Philodendrons like to remain a bit on the dry side, and if they stay wet for too long, it will start dropping leaves.
Sturdy like your cast iron pan, the cast iron plant is as low-maintenance as they come. This plant will tolerate almost full shade (emphasis on almost). Look to the leaves to know how shade-tolerant it is — more variegation on the leaves means more light.
Native to Japan and Taiwan, this plant can grow up to three feet tall and loves humidity, making it an excellent addition to your bathroom.
Better yet, it's not toxic to dogs or cats.
Orchids are difficult to take care of, but out of all of them, the moth orchid does really well indoors. With high humidity requirements, she's perfect for your bathroom.
The only thing to keep in mind is that this beauty needs lots of indirect light. So if you can have it near a bright window, planted in some orchid mix, she will thrive in your bathroom.
Orchids grow tall so make sure you stake the stems as they grow.
While succulents are not a fit for bathrooms, air plants absorb water through the air, making them a great fit for your bathroom. Native to tropical weather, these air plants love humidity as they absorb moisture through their leaves.
You can add them to baskets, little glass globes and hanging structures for a unique look in your bathroom.
Just make sure you stay on top of the humidity and mist them every once in a while.
So light and fluffy, the asparagus fern is the perfect tropical addition to your bathroom. It loves high humidity, and it thrives in moderate to bright indirect light.
It's toxic to pets, so make sure to place it high or on a window sill outside their reach. You want to let the fern dry out between waterings, too.
This plant also helps keep the air clean inside your apartment, so you get beautiful plant decor and cleaner air for the price of one.
Snake plants thrive in low light — not no light, some light — conditions. They like to get bone-dry before you water them again.
If you have a small stool or shelf by your sink, a snake plant is a great addition. They come in many different sizes, from a few inches tall to several feet tall, so it is a great floor statement plant.
They love humidity, but make sure that the shower doesn't splatter on the plant.
Just like the rest of your apartment, it's important to pick the right plants for your bathroom to help them thrive. For example, a bird's nest fern versus a succulent that may rot in your low light, high humidity bathroom.
Watch the light throughout the day and look at which spot you'd like to add house plants, keeping in mind if you have pets too.