Indoor plants transform the bathroom into a green wellness oasis. They improve the room climate and set contrasts with the cool tiles. These plants do particularly well in the bathroom.
Green plants are a must for every bathroom! With their large leaves or filigree fronds, indoor plants in the bathroom increase our well-being. Ferns and ornamental foliage plants radiate naturalness and have a calming effect. With the right choice of plants, you can easily transform your bathroom into a real oasis of well-being. But not all plants are equally suitable for this, because there are usually special location conditions in the bathroom. Light, temperature, and humidity in the bathroom differ significantly from the rest of the living area.
Plants for dark bathrooms
- Zamie (Zamioculcas)
- Single leaf (Spathiphyllum)
- Cobbler palm (aspidistra)
- Mountain Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)
- Efeutute (Epipremnum aureum)
- Nest fern (Asplenium nidus)
Plants for bright bathrooms
- Sword fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
- Tillandsia (Tillandsia)
- Heartleaf plant (Hoya kerrii)
- Aloe (aloe vera)
- Window leaf (Monstera deliciosa)
- Bow hemp (Sansevieria)
Not every plant is suitable for the bathroom
To choose the right plant for your own bathroom, you first have to look at the structural conditions. Indoor bathrooms without the incidence of daylight are completely out of the question for greening. Many bathrooms have a window, but the window is small or high up and so little sunlight gets in. Depending on the orientation, the bathroom may only be sufficiently illuminated for a few hours a day. The lighting conditions in such a room can be classified as semi-shady to shady. If you do not want to use a plant lamp, you should therefore use plants in a rather dark bathroom that can tolerate shady locations. If you are lucky enough to have a bathroom flooded with light, you have more freedom in choosing your plants.
Not only the lighting conditions but also the temperatures in the bathroom differ from those in other rooms. It is usually a few degrees warmer in the bathroom all year round than in the living room or stairwell, for example. Modern bathrooms may have underfloor heating that warms plant pots standing on the floor from below. But not all plants like warm feet. Regular showering and bathing also create a very high level of humidity in the bathroom. Together with the cozy warmth, this results in a tropical or subtropical room climate for the indoor plants.
This climate suits most potted plants very well because many of our indoor plants originally come from such areas. Finding green plants for room decoration that like to be warm and humid is therefore not difficult. But there are only a few among them that also tolerate a low light output. That’s why we’ve put together the best-potted plants for bathrooms with rather little light for you:
Plants for dark bathrooms
The Zamioculcas, also known as lucky feather or zamie, is an extravagant and evergreen plant that likes to be in partial shade and is therefore ideal for a bathroom with less light. In addition, it is quite robust and is rarely attacked by pests.
Single leaf (Spathiphyllum)
The single leaf originally comes from the tropical areas of South America. There it grows in the shade of large trees, which is why it is used to shady locations and high humidity. A bathroom with little light offers perfect conditions for the single sheet.
Zamioculcas: The hardest houseplant in the world
The Zamioculcas, also known as the lucky feather, is the ideal houseplant for people without green fingers. Nevertheless, there are a few maintenance tips here.
Single leaf: timeless houseplant
The single leaf has been cultivated in Europe since the end of the 19th century. This must be taken into account when planting and caring for Spathiphyllum.
Cobbler palm (aspidistra)
The cobbler palm usually grows in the forests of China and is an optimal plant for dark corners in the bathroom. She appreciates regular watering and high humidity.
Nest fern (Asplenium nidus)
The nest fern from the striped fern family (Aspleniaceae) reacts to dry air with unsightly, brown leaf tips. In a partially shaded bathroom with high humidity, however, the plant thrives splendidly.
Efeutute (Epipremnum aureum)
The Efeutute grows in subtropical areas. Because of its overhanging growth, it fits perfectly in a hanging basket or a pot on a cupboard and thus also finds a place in smaller bathrooms.
Mountain Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)
The mountain palm originally comes from Central America and is widespread there as a shade-loving undergrowth. Since it likes it moist, it should be watered regularly, but waterlogging, as with most plants, should be avoided as a matter of principle.
Efeutute: easy-care climbing artist
Whether hanging or climbing: The undemanding Efeutute is the perfect green plant for beautifying interiors. This is how planting and care are successful.
Mountain palm: Elegant greeting from Central America
The mountain palm (Chamaedorea elegans) is one of the most popular indoor plants in this country. Here you can find out how to plant and care for Mexican grace.
Plants for bright bathrooms
There is a large selection of plants for light-flooded bathrooms. Here you will find some tips on green plants that are particularly suitable for the special climate in the bathroom.
Sword fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
Another popular bathroom plant is the sword fern. Make sure, however, that the room is as bright as possible. With its overhanging fronds, the houseplant decorates hanging baskets, columns, and pedestals.
Aloe (aloe vera)
The well-known grass tree plant with its fleshy leaves is used in cosmetics. So it is a very suitable plant for the bathroom. Choose a location that is as bright as possible for the aloe vera. If the humidity is high enough, the aloe hardly needs to be watered.
Sword fern: pretty and filigree
The sword fern forms light green, filigree fronds and ensures a good indoor climate. How to plant and care for the houseplant. Learn more
Aloe vera: Decorative medicinal plant
The real aloe (Aloe vera) has a long tradition as a medicinal plant against skin injuries – however, it is also extremely decorative as a potted plant. We present the interesting plant and give care tips.
Tillandsias belong to the bromeliad family and are also in good hands in a warm, very humid bathroom. Even if you don’t have to stand directly at the window – you feel most comfortable in a bright place in the bathroom. Tillandsias can also be used for a hanging garden in the bathroom.
Window leaf (Monstera deliciosa)
The large-leaved green plant is ideal for the greening of large bathrooms. Its large, windowed leaves appear in many color nuances and give the bathroom an exotic charm. Choose a bright place with high humidity for the Monstera.
Bow hemp (Sansevieria)
The sturdy succulent plant also fits in a small bathroom. Sansevieria likes it warm. If the room is humid enough, bow hemp does not have to be poured separately. Small specimens in beautiful bowls look very elegant.
Heartleaf plant (Hoya kerrii)
The heartleaf plant is also one of the ideal bathroom plants. She loves a bright spot in the bathroom, for example on the windowsill without direct sunlight. Water the houseplant as regularly as possible with low-lime water.
Bow hemp, Sansevieria: an indestructible exotic
The bow hemp easily masters many locations that often pose problems for other houseplants. Thanks to its strongly marked leaves, the desert plant is also impressive and ultra-modern.
Heartleaf plant: A hearty plant gift
The Hoya kerrii, also known as the heartleaf plant, is often given away on Valentine’s Day as an alternative to the classic rose. Here you can find out how to properly care for the hearty plant.
Avoid drafts in the bathroom
The growing conditions in the bathroom are perfect for many indoor plants. But they all don’t like one thing: drafts. Guest toilets are unfortunately often ventilated permanently with the window tilted. And in the bathroom too, the window must be opened after showering so that there is no mold on the walls. However, especially in winter, the cold draft is not good for indoor plants.
Therefore, place the plants so that they are not directly in the draft when airing. Sensitive plants should best be put away completely before opening the window. Larger plant pots, for example from palm trees, can be placed on wheels so that they can be easily moved around the room. This will prevent frostbite and leaf fall on the bathroom plants.