9 Plants For the Bathroom

Being a plant parent can be tough when you live in a small space. After all, an apartment only has so many sunny windows. But, there’s one often overlooked room that can have some very valuable real estate for plants…the bathroom! Though not all plants do well in this humid environment, there are some who simply thrive in it. So, check out the list below of 9 Plants For the Bathroom to find an excuse for buying more green friends. There’s room for more plants!

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Since these plants aren’t magicians they still need at least some sunlight to live. This means a window is required. The good news is that most of these plants for the bathroom don’t desire direct sunlight so it can be scant. But, be sure to read about each individual plant’s needs pertaining to light.


Plants that need more light should be placed on a windowsill or as close to the window as possible. Others can live on shelves, the back of the toilet or even hung from the ceiling!


Keep your plant’s sizes in line with your bathroom’s. Some of these plants take up more room than others and might not be a good fit for a tight space.

Make sure that these plants have enough room to grow and breathe.

aloe verya

Aloe vera is applauded for its strong ability to adapt and is in fact almost impossible to kill!

Place your aloe plant close to the window but not in direct sunlight for the best results. The back of the toilet (near a window) is actually a prime location.


Bamboo is another highly adaptable plant. It can live in nearly any level of light and does well in just a vase of water!

Even better, it made NASA’s list of top air-purifying plants1! So, what better place for it than the breeding ground of germs?

english ivy

Ivy requires moderate exposure to sunlight and enjoys high levels of humidity. Hang it from the ceiling or upon a high shelf and it will grow downwards creating a beautiful trailing vine.

This particular variety of Ivy also made NASA’s list of top air-purifying plants1.

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Nicknamed the cast iron plant, Aspidistra thrives on neglect. These plants tolerate low light, infrequent watering and extreme heat.

chinese evergreen

This tropical perennial thrives in medium to low light and indirect sunlight and prefers the warmth and humidity found in a bathroom.


Tropical orchids prefer the bark which they grow in to be damp not wet meaning they thrive in warm humid conditions. They should be placed on a windowsill with access to filtered light.


Pothos are a beautiful addition to any bathroom. When they are hung from the ceiling or placed on a high shelf, they trail downwards producing a bountiful ivy.

They are fairly simple to grow so long as their soil moisture level is maintained. Pothos don’t like their soil too wet but it shouldn’t dry out either.

snake plant

This plant tolerates nearly any growing conditions. It doesn’t like being watered and in fact most likely doesn’t have to be at all in a humid bathroom.

Also on NASA’s list1, snake plants are actually one of the few plants that produce oxygen at night as well as during the day2.

zenzibar gem

Last on the list, the ZZ plant who also goes by the name “Eternity plant” is another one of the perfect plants for the bathroom. It needs very little water and only low to medium light to survive.

[1] https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19930073077.pdf
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sansevieria_trifasciata

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