Indoor plants can not only transform a room’s aesthetic, they’ve also been known to boost mood, increase creativity, decrease stress and anxiety, and naturally filter indoor air toxins. But while these are all great reasons to invest in plants for your home, where should you place them? It turns out, one of the most underrated places to keep plants is in the bathroom.
There are a number of houseplants that thrive in the warm, humid conditions a bathroom provides. A bathroom can mimic some plants’ native tropical habitat—so if you’re a houseplant novice, a bathroom environment can seriously help to keep your first plant thriving.
Plus, a new plant is one of the more simple ways to update a bathroom and give it a spa-like feel—try hanging a plant off the shower curtain rod, or place a potted plant next to the bathroom sink.
However, the most important thing to consider when shopping for a bathroom plant is how much natural light your bathroom actually receives.
We shared our top five picks—in order of their light requirements—on the new few slides.
1. Snake Plant
The snake plant is almost indestructible—not only can it tolerate both very low light and complete neglect, but it also naturally filters toxins like formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene from indoor air.
Care: Moderate to low, indirect light, but can tolerate bright, semi-direct light. Water about twice a month. Drought-tolerant/succulent.
Nicknamed the “cubicle plant” because of how tolerant it is of low light and irregular watering, the pothos is a hardy pick for any space. As a trailing plant, it’s perfect for hanging off of your shower curtain rod.
Care: Moderate to low, indirect light. Water about every 10 to 14 days, but be sure to increase watering with increased light and temperature.
3. Bird’s Nest Fern
There’s a wide variety of ferns to choose from, but one of our favorites is the bird’s nest fern—its large, wavy, and bright green fronds create instant jungle vibes. Since it thrives in high humidity, it’s perfect for the bathroom.
Care: Moderate to low, indirect light. Water once a week. Increase its humidity by either misting it every few days, or keeping it right by the shower.
4. Air Plant
Not all plants need soil—instead of using roots to absorb water and nutrients, air plants use their specialized leaves to absorb both from the air. They can tolerate a range of conditions, but are happiest in spots with bright, indirect light, and high humidity.
Care: Bright to moderate, indirect light, but can tolerate a few hours of direct light. Submerge in water once a week for about 10 minutes, and increase humidity by misting it every few days.
Aloe’s a structural beauty, but it also has added benefits: Its gooey insides can be used to help sooth skin, heal minor burns, reduce itch, and so much more. It also naturally filters the toxins benzene and formaldehyde from indoor air.
Care: Bright, indirect to semi-direct light. Water about once a month. Drought-tolerant/succulent.
Note: Remember that the watering recommendations are estimates—there is no exact formula or schedule for watering houseplants. Environmental factors, which can differ from home to home, as well as from season to season, can affect watering recommendations.
Below are our top two tips when it comes to watering.
1. It’s better to under water your plant than to over water it. You can always add more water, but subtracting it from potting soil is tricky.
2. Check in with your plant every couple of days. Feel its soil, and you’ll soon get to know the signals for when it’s thirsty.
The Sill is a garden shop based in New York City that specializes in indoor plants perfect for city apartments. At The Sill (or on their website), you can shop, learn, or work hand-in-hand with a dedicated Plant Specialist on a plant design and maintenance program.