The bathroom can be one of the best places for providing a decorative touch of greenery. This will help in adding a contrast to the ambiance of the place as most bathrooms have light colors. Succulents are low maintenance plants and some varieties of them can thrive well under low light conditions.
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Is the Bathroom a Good Place for Plants?
- In case your bathroom window is south or east-facing one and gets an ample amount of sunlight daily, most fleshy plants that can put up with humid conditions can survive comfortably there.
Try Keeping the humidity under check by
- Using an exhaust fan
- Drying the wet clothes, towels outside
- Keeping the window and door open for better air circulation
- Keeping an eye on the heat generation while having hot showers.
- Using a dehumidifier if nothing else works
Do Succulents grow well in bathrooms? Succulents are just the ideal plants you can grow in the bathroom. Most succulents are adaptive to low light conditions and are extremely easy to care for. You dont need to water them regularly like in the case of tropical plants. Besides many succulents can also put up with humid conditions in the air. This is important as bathrooms generally have a high amount of moisture in the air.
- Most of these plants have low watering needs but are quite susceptible to overwatering. So ideally put them in pots that have drainage holes to be safe or be highly cautious not to overwater them.
- You can put the pots on small trays and after watering, you can drain off the excess water from the tray say about an hour after watering.
So let’s dive in!
Native country: South Africa
Unique feature: One of the popular dwarf succulents and have fleshy leaves.
- This is a cute looking small succulent that is packed with bluish-green leaves and that also in a unique shape.
The plant is mainly famous because of its significant leaf shape and it produces white flowers in summer.
Toxicity: Mostly non-toxic.
Other names: Cushion Aloe.
How do you care for Haworthia Cooperi?
Haworthia Cooperi has extremely low watering needs and are susceptible to overwatering.
- Make sure you have put them in a pot that is succulent friendly and has proper drainage. Water them only when the soil feels dry.
- Generally, during summer, you can water once a week if the soil feels dry and about once in 12 to 17 days in winter.
- Ideally, they do well at warm temperatures and make sure to place them near the window so that it receives bright light.
They do not grow superbly fast so in most instances they won’t outgrow their pot. However, you should change the pot and the soil once in 2 to 3 years for better results.
This is an extremely popular succulent that has been used as an indoor plant for thousands of years.
- You can literally place them anywhere in the house and it will grow just fine as long as its basic growth requirements are fulfilled. Its flashy leaves and vibrant deep green color will put a soothing touch wherever it goes.
They act as superior air purifiers like most succulents and are known to actively cleanse formaldehyde and benzene from the air. The fleshy leaves help them to withstand moderate levels of moisture in the air.
Basic caring Tips for Aloe vera
They are very much easy to care for and have low maintenance needs.
- They do well when kept in bathrooms that receives moderate to low levels of sunlight throughout the day.
- Have them grow in a cactus soil mix and make sure to rotate the pot towards the window from time to time so that it receives light evenly.
- Always check the soil moisture before watering, ideally with the help of a moisture meter. Never overwater them as they have incredible water storage abilities like all succulents and when in doubt hold back on watering for a few more days.
Is Aloe Vera toxic?
Aloe vera contains saponins in them which makes it fairly toxic for cats, dogs, and other pets. Common symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, etc. So in case you have children in the house or pets keep it out of their reach in the bathroom (source).
Country of origin: Mexico and Central America
Echeveria comes in a variety of shapes and colors. Most of them come in a rosette arrangement which further varies in shape, color, and size.
Unique feature: These succulents are significantly small when compared with other succulents in this list. They achieve a height of 3-4 inches.
- The leaves have a unique arrangement of rosette pattern and have pinkish colors along the edges.
- They produce yellowish flowers during the growing season.
- It’s completely nontoxic for pets
They are highly low maintenance owing to their small stature and can do well with moderate sunlight. It does well in smaller pots and with less frequent watering.
They have wide firm vibrant leaves that stand out and will catch the eye of anyone entering the bathroom. Snake plants are one of the best succulents to grow as they are highly adaptive in nature.
Snake Plants are extensively popular as air-purifying plants and can cleanse formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, toluene, etc. Also, they can toleration variable levels of humidity.
Snake plants can thrive just in any level of humidity so this makes them suitable to be grown indoors.
- They can thrive well under a little bit of neglect as they are hardy and tough. They do well with little water and do well in smaller pots hence will take up less space.
- Use a cactus friendly soil mix and use a strong pot made of preferable terra cotta as the roots will be firm and strong.
- When watering always targets the stem base and adjacent soil and not the leaves as water absorption occurs through the roots so make sure to give the soil a good washing. Besides wet branches can lead to infections and pest manifestations.
- Can thrive under low to moderate sunlight.
Snake plant is known to be quite toxic so keep it out of reach of your children and pets.
Chinese Money Plant
Biological Name: Pilea peperomioides
Other common names: UFO plant, Pancake plant.
Why is it called a Chinese money plant?
Well, firstly the plant is from China and secondly, the leaves resemble the shape of the coins. Hence the name Chinese money plant.
This succulent has been grown for thousands of years in Asia. It is being seen as a token of good luck.
- Can grow up to 10-12 inches long.
- It is quite fast growing in nature and produce small whitish flowers in the hotter months of the year.
- They do well with around 50% to 60% humidity so you can place them in the bathroom.
How to care for Chinese Money Plant
- Use a well-draining pot soil and only water them when the soil is dry. Needs a little bit more frequent watering in warmer months.
- Use fertilizer at least once or twice during the growing months and only use them after diluting them to about 50% with water.
The money plant is highly suitable for propagation as it shoots the baby off growths from the soil. After the baby plant has developed roots you can safely remove them with a sterile knife and place it in another pot.
String of Bananas
Scientific Name: Senecio radicans
Country of origin: South West Africa
The string-like growth of the succulent gives it a “pouring out of the container” kind of a look which is quite fancy.
Other names include: necklace plants
- The string of Bananas produces small yellowish or whitish flowers during the fall and in the winter months.
It is a fast-growing succulent and its vines can grow as long as 35 inches. They do really well on hanging baskets or on the wall stands near the window.
- Propagation of string of bananas is incredibly easy as you can literally pluck off the leaves from the vines with the base intact and grow them in newer posts. You can also use stem cuttings for this. However, you should let the leaf and stem cuttings callus over for a few days under shade before planting them.
- They love bright sunlight and hence grow them near the south-facing or east-facing windows if possible. They can survive in partial shade as well but grows best with a constant dose of 3 to 4 hours of indirect sun.
- Avoid watering the leaves and the vines as it can lead to pest manifestations. Target the soil only. Like all succulents, they are highly drought tolerant so water them when the soil feels dry.
Native country: South Africa
Scientific name: Haworthiopsis attenuata
Unique feature: White stripes on triangular-shaped leaves
They do well in low light conditions and the best thing is they can tolerate 40-80% of humidity in the air. So this makes them suited for being placed in bathrooms. However, always try to keep the overall humidity of the bathroom down as high moisture is not good news for most indoor plants.
Zebra plants also take up less space as they are not that tall. If you have little to less experience in gardening go with zebra plants as they are quite easy to grow and less susceptible to death.
Often times Haworthiopsis attenuata can be confused with Haworthiopsis fasciata however they can be differentiated via less fibrous thinner looking leaves of the former one. It also has white stripes on both sides of the leaves, unlike the H.fasciata which has white stripes only on the underside.
- Flowering happens in the winter months. Produces white-colored flowers.
- They look great on decorative containers but be sure to provide it with a highly drainage-friendly soil system with an extra gravel layer at the bottom.
How to care for zebra cactus plants
- Put them in a drainage friendly soil and water them only when the soil is dry. Use coarse sand, pumice, pebbles, gravels, and potting soil for preparing the soil mix.
- Unlike most succulents, they enjoy their growing season in the winter months and go dormant in the summer. Water them more frequently in summer as you will find the soil getting dry faster.
- They love sunlight for a few hours a day and an east-facing or west-facing window is just fine for them.
Dracaena fragrans (Warneckei)
Country of origin: Southern African countries and islands.
They are quite easy to grow especially for a newbie or for someone with a busy lifestyle.
- These plants come in a wide variety of choices regarding colors and unique shapes so that’s a remarkable factor about them.
- One of the best succulents with air purifying capabilities as per the NASA study. It can remove toxins like benzene, formaldehyde from the air.
They need little care and different varieties grow up to different heights.
- The leaves have a striking white green color contrast and the edges of the eaves are often colored.
How do you care for a Dracaena Warneckii?
- They do well with moderate light however as they have long fleshy leaves, keep an eye and see if the leaves turning pale and losing its vibrancy. Then you need to change its position as it typically loves the bright sun.
- They do well with cactus soil mixes that don’t have perlite. You can trim the plant before the growing season if you prefer.
- They like humidity better than other succulents however always remain careful with your watering. Only water them when the soil is dry.
Are Dracaena fragrans poisonous to cats and dogs?
Scientific name: Schlumbergera bridgesii
Common name: Easter cactus.
Most cactuses like loads of sunlight however there are few that are low light friendly cactuses. Christmas cactus is one of the Popular ones suited for the bathroom.
Christmas cactus has become widely popular for the last few years and they have a completely different appearance than most cactuses. They produce wonderful flowers during the festive seasons.
How to care for Christmas cactus?
Do Christmas cactus need a lot of sun? This tropical cactus can thrive from high to low sun and can live for a long time. They adjust pretty well to the surroundings but make sure you have them placed south or east-facing window that gets suitable indirect bright light.
- They like to grow in humid conditions so having them in the bathroom is just ideal.
How often do you water a Christmas cactus? They need less frequent watering and only water the succulent when the soil is dry. However, they need a little more frequent watering than other succulents as its a tropical variety of succulent. The soil will be wet longer during the winter so reduce the watering frequency as per the weather.
How do you get a Christmas cactus to bloom? Lowering the water frequency and providing alternating conditions of 16 hours darkness and 8 hours sunlight is essential for helping the Christmas cactus to bloom in the winter. Make sure the cactus is in pitch darkness and receives no trace of light during the time period of 16-hour darkness, cover them up with a sheet at night.
- Fertilize the plant during the growing season by diluting it properly.
- Produces beautiful flowers for 4 to 6 weeks in winter. Prune the branches after the growing season is over.
Is Christmas cactus poisonous to pets?
Christmas cactus is regarded as non-toxic for cats, dogs, and horses (source).
Gasteria ‘Little Warty’
The leaves are covered in small warts that give the plant a totally different look and fee
Gasteria comes in many varieties and all of them are well suited to be grown under indoor conditions of low sunlight.
How do you care for a Gasteria succulent?
They are extremely beginner-friendly and does well in low light conditions.
- They can grow up to 10 to 15 cm long. They can be toxic to humans and pets when ingested and are not extremely cold hardy.
- They are dormant in summer and actively grow after the fall. So adjust your watering schedule as suited to that. Water them when the soil feels dry. Water the plants targeting the stem base and soil and avoid the branches.
- They do well with moderate humidity so keep them near the window and take the best precautions to keep the bathroom less humid.
How do you propagate little warty?
Propagation of little warty is probably one of the easiest things to do. They grow small offsets around the base of the stem.
- Unplug them and let them heal for a few days under a shade that gets indirect light.
- Then replant them in a new pot and don’t water for the first few days. Then on don’t heavily drain the soil when watering, softly water the pot, or rather mist the succulent until roots develop.
Not many plants can survive in low light and humid conditions of the bathroom. However, there are some low light friendly varieties of succulents that can thrive in moderate to low levels of sunlight and can tolerate humidity to some extent.
These 10 succulents are just the “ideal succulents for bathroom” and they will help to keep the place cozy, provide the bathroom with a touch of elegance, and will seek less care.