Looking to spruce up your bathroom into a mini oasis? There are so many houseplants that can thrive from the extra moisture and sunlight, whether you have a green thumb or not. Here’s a brief list of low maintenance, air-purifying plants that sit perfectly on your shower shelf, vanity, or anywhere in your home.
Spider Plant - One of the most adaptable houseplants, that will gladly soak up the moisture from your showers, while simultaneously cleansing the air. It’s a great beginner’s plant that requires minimal upkeep. As a bonus, you can cut and propagate the spiderettes from the parent plant to distribute more pots across your home!
Bird’s Nest Fern - Native to Southeast Asia and Polynesia, this rippled-leaf plant flourishes in humid climates. This makes it the perfect plant to soak up the extra mist from your showers. It also purifies the air of formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene, which are common chemicals contained in bathroom products, such as harsh cleaners, hairspray, and nail polish remover.
Aloe Vera - This healing succulent is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, able to soothe the skin of burns and abrasions. It is a perfect potted plant to perch on the windowsill, as it enjoys bright, direct light. To make use of its medicinal properties, slice off a ripened leaf at the base of the plant, and squeeze out the interior gel. Then, apply the gel directly to the skin!
ZZ Plant - If there was a “Most Instagram-Worthy Houseplant” award, the ZZ plant would be crowned victor without contest. Its dark green, waxy leaves reflect the sunlight to brighten and purify rooms. With its roots in Africa, the ZZ plant is drought tolerant and can live pleasantly from being watered once a month. It doesn’t require much sunlight which makes it perfect for a bathroom with small windows.
Tillandsia - Also known as air plants, tillandsias are different from many other houseplants through its ability to grow without the need for planters or soil. Instead of using roots to absorb water and nutrients, air plants absorb from the air. Display it in a glass globe, and place it next to your sink, so your plant can prosper from the humidity and natural indirect light that your bathroom provides!
With just a bit of moisture and sunlight, these plants (along with many others) thrive. And with these new additions you’ll enjoy extra purified air and a touch of color to brighten your vanity!