6 Best Indoor Plants For A Bathroom Shelf, Vanity Or Corner

Congratulations for being curious enough to check out the best indoor plants for a bathrroom. Not every plant will thrive in a bathroom environment.

Wait…Why?

If you think of your entire house as a plant growing habitat, there are various growing zones. You may have shady, load light corners in a room. There may be areas in the house that have a nice long sunlit exposure in front of a window. Different plants thrive in different conditions.

So, in order to determine which plants would thrive in a bathroom we simply have to determine the environment of the bathroom.
The trick in selecting a good indoor plant for a bathroom to think of the microclimate in the bathroom itself. Think of it as a semi-tropical forest. It has low light conditions.

A semitropical rain Forest will at times be dry but have periods of very high humidity. This condition is duplicated in the bathroom when you take a shower, bath, or are running water in the sink. Keeping those conditions in mind will guide you toward the plants that are most likely to succeed.

Plants we would recommend are:

1. Philodendrons + hybrids – Philodneron Lacerum, P. sodiaori and
2. English Ivy + hybrids – Hedera helix
3. Mosaic plant, Nerve plant – Fittonia verschaffeleti
4. Mexican Breadfruit – Monstera deliciosa
5. Arrowhead Vine – Syngonium podophyllum
6. Grape Ivy Cissus Rhombifolia

Next, we will take a look at each of these plants and provide you with the essential details.

1. Philodendrons + hybrids –  Philodneron Lacerum, P. sodiaori 

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Philodendrons are like the comfort food of plants. They are simple and give a lot of satisfaction. They are easy to grow and almost the definition of a good houseplant. They do really well in a bathroom habitat. There are huge number of hybrids available. A good choice for the bathroom is a slow climbing philodendrons such as the “Burgundy”.

You should use a damp moss covered pole to carefully train and root the air roots of the philodendron. From at the core and design standpoint, they can provide some verticality to your design scheme.

There are vining, or climbing philodendrons and some species that do not climb. The amount of space available in the bathroom probably makes climbing philodendrons a better choice. They take up much less room. Non-vining philodendrons need an awful lot of space to spread out.

Philodendrons can be moved from room to room and even outside in the spring or summer. Changing environments do not radically shock or affect the plant. They are pretty good-natured about their moves.

Common NamePhilopdendron
LightModerate direct or indirect sunlight. The plants enjoy being outside in the spring or summer.
WaterAllow the surface of the to dry out about 1 inch deep and then water. The plant enjoys an occasional misting which makes it perfect for the high humidity environment of the bathroom
SoilA standard potting soil with good drainage and a little extra peat works very well.
FertilizerDuring the spring and summer feed it with a balance liquid fertilizer every two weeks
TemprtatureThe plant enjoys slightly warmer indoor temperatures which makes it a great candidate for the bathroom.
PropagationPropagation is through division, you simply cut through the roots with a small salt or serrated knife. Every 3 to 5 years. They can also be propagated by stem tips cuttings in the early summer that are rooted.
CommentsThe plants origin is in Columbia, semi tropical forests. That semi tropical environment is what makes it such a great pick for the bathroom.
VariationsPhilodendrum erubesens, ’Burgundy’ philodenron, ’Red Emerald’ philodenron, ’Blushing’ philodenron,

2. English Ivy + hybrids – Hedera helix

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The English Ivy,Hedera helix is a great plant to use on a small space on a bathroom shelf or the corner of a vanity.It is most commonly used as a climbing plant but it can also be trained to produce a very beautiful cascading effect. It is a perfect plant to bring a hint of green into your bathroom.

If you prefer to use it more traditionally as a climbing plant, it can bring some vertical interest into your bathroom decor scheme.

Is a very common plant that is fast growing and is most often used as a climbing plant. It is a very sturdy and a hearty plant with a tough, wiry stem. The leaf shapes will depend on the particular variety you have selected from the hundreds available. The leaves can measure from three quarters of an inch up to 4 inches.

Common NameEnglish Ivy
LightPotted variegated varieties will need a bit more light. In general they use moderate light and will also grow under fluorescent light.
WaterLet the surface of the soil dry between waterings but not all the way down to the roots. English ivy enjoys a good misting which makes it a prime candidate for the humidity produced in the bathroom.
SoilUse a standard potting mix that is either soil or peat moss based. It must drain well.
FertilizerGiven a standard liquid fertilizer the high nitrogen content monthly, year-round.
TemprtatureThe plant enjoys normal to slightly cooler temperatures. If you summer it outside it will be fine.
PropagationIn the spring you can use 3 to 4 inch tip cuttings and root them in soil they should be repotted every 1 to 2 years
CommentsBe careful about allowing the plant to root to the walls as it can damage paintwork or wallpaper. IV is susceptible to spider mites so check the plants regularly.
VariationsEnglish Ivy ’Glacier’, AlgerianIvy ’Floire de Marengo’, English Ivy ’Goldheart’,

3. Mosaic plant, Nerve plant – Fittonia verschaffeleti

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Fittonia verschaffeleti, commonly referred to as the nerve plant, or the silver net leaf, is a great display potted plant. It is just too cool, the leaves are so interesting. There are lots of variations of this plants available but they share a commonality of having a sharply contrasting color to the veins running through the leaves.

They are perfect plant for the bathroom due to their finicky demands for watering. This plants originated in the rain forests of South America. We previously likened the bathroom environment to a semitropical microclimate, whereas this plant is more rain forest. Therefore it will need a bit more water.

Problems maintaining this plant are almost exclusively due to the watering requirements. The soil should be kept damp, never allowed to dry out yet not be completely soaked through. This plant thrives in high humidity. It really benefits from misting or the condensation from a good hot shower.

If the plant does not get the proper amount of water it will collapse and die.I had that happen to me once and it is pretty dramatic. However, if the leaves start turning yellow that is assigned that the plan is being over watered. The plant will not do well and may possibly die if kept in cool drafty situations.

Check the plant regularly for aphids or fungus gnats.

Common NameNerve Plant, Mosaic plant, Silvernet leaf
LightThese plants do not need direct sunlight although they can tolerate some. They do well with filtered light. indirect sunlight. Ideally, the plant should be placed in an East or West sindow.
WaterThe plant needs to be watered so that is constantly moist. It needs a lot of humidity which makes it an ideal not only for a bathroom, but for a terrarium also.
SoilSince these plants need to stay moist they need a potting soil that will hold moisture well, it should also have peat in it
FertilizerThese plants should be fertilized with a light liquid fertilizer about once a month.
TemprtatureThese plants will start to suffer if the temperature drops below 60°F.
PropagationIn the spring or early summer these plants can be propagated from root stem tip coverings in humid conditions.
CommentsThis plan is very finicky when it comes to watering and moisture. It needs some attention and is not one of those ’set it and forget it’ type plants
VariationsThere are many variations of the nerve plan available. Choose a size and color combination you like best

4. Mexican Breadfruit – Monstera deliciosa

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The Mexican Breadfruit – Monstera deliciosa is a vertical climbing plant that is great for a corner in the bathroom. The micro climate environment of the bathroom suits the growing conditions of the Mexican breadfruit plant perfectly. It can grow to a fairly large height. The plant is a very long-lived plant and can last 5 to 10 years. Is not uncommon for older and larger specimens to reach 6 to 8 feet tall.

Fortunately, the plant grows very slowly.

On mature plants clusters of white berries can develop that have a tropical fruit flavor. That’s where the nickname fruit salad plant comes from but it is a slow grower.
This is a very easy to grow plant in is very forgiving if you occasionally neglected. The lease can get quite large over time.

It climbs by growing thick, fleshy, aerial roots which are used to gather humidity and moisture from the air.

A word of caution the leaves to this plant are poisonous and can cause harm to children or pets.

Common NameMexican bredafruitplant, Swiss cheese plant, fruit salad plant
LightThis plant thrives in moderate light without being in the direct sun
WaterWater moderately in the spring and summer but allow the soil to dry out dry to the touch 1 inch down.Which makes a great for the bathroom and it should be misted occasionally.
SoilThis plant can use a standard to heavy potting mix, with equal parts soil and peat. Some perlite or sand can be added to help with drainage.
FertilizerA balance liquid fertilizer can be provided every two weeks backing off to once a month in the winter.
TemprtatureThe plant will tolerate a minimum 50°F temperature in the winter, otherwise it thrives at normal household temperature conditions.
PropagationSmall tip cuttings can be taken in the spring or it can be propagated through air layering.
CommentsYellowing is a sign of overwatering, the aerial roots close to the bottom of the plant can be doubled back into the soil. The higher aerial roots can be trained to a pole or latticework.
VariationsMake sure the plant you are getting is actually Monstera deliciosa

5. Arrowhead Vine – Syngonium podophyllum

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Syngonium podophyllum,Commonly known as the arrow head v is an easy to care for plant that has undergone significant changes.

It used to be exclusively a climbing vine but with selected breeding, and hybridization, the plant now comes in a variety of potted varieties. The leaves eventually grow to an arrowhead like shape, with young leaves starting as more of a heart-shaped.

When the plant is young it will be more like a potted, bush-like plant. The aerial stems start developing in a more mature plant. The plant now comes in a variety of colors and leaf sizes. The plant is somewhat similar to a philodendronIn appearance, maintenance, and care needs.

The leaves are not edible, in fact they are toxic, poisonous to humans and pets.

Common NameArrowhead Vine, Goose foot plant
LightModerate light, no direct sun.
WaterKeep the potting soil moist, but not soggy. Allow the surface to dry out about an inch deep before re-watering.
SoilThis plant should use a potting mix that is peat moss based, but it is forgiving any good potting soil will do.
FertilizerMist the leaves with a weak (1/2 sDuring the growing season use a liquid fertilizer every two weeks that is balanced and about half strength.
TemprtatureIn winter normal household temps - minimum 60°F. The maximum temperature is 90°.
PropagationYou can take stem tip cuttings in late spring or early summer.
CommentsIf you prefer the stems can be allow to trail over the sides of the pot if it is hung. The plant can kept bushy and low by clipping the climbing stems when they first appear
VariationsSyngonium podophyllum Comes in many different varieties. Choose a plant based on the style of leaves you like."Pixie’Is a small bushy plant, ’Imerial white’ has variegated leaves,

6. Grape Ivy Cissus Rhombifolia

Cissus Rhombifolia, the grape ivy Is one of the many variations of the climbing vine in the family of Cissus. It has a very interesting appearance in that the leaves themselves are a deep green and have forked tips. When young shoots appear they have a silvery appearance due to the fine hair that grows on them.

These plants are very easy to grow and can be placed in a pot or bowl to trail over the sides or trained to climb vertically. The main stems grow tendrils which will cling to just about anything. They are very popular plants because they will grow just about anywhere. This is a very hearty and forgiving plant. It is a perfect accent plant for a bathroom.

As mentioned previously they come in a number of different varieties some are designed more for climbing, some are designed more for being a potted plant. Before purchasing you should determine your needs based on the space allocation you have.

For a hanging, trailing plant , Perfect for a shelf in your bathroom or corner of your vanity, perhaps the best version is the Cissus “Minima” or ‘Mandiana Compacta’

Common NameKangaroo vine, Grape Ive, Begonia vine
LightIn an ideal environment the plant would have bright light, but no direct sun. Florescent lights work also.
WaterKeep the soil moist, but not soggy during growing season. During the winter the soil can be allowed to dry out to a depth of about 1 inch before watering
SoilThe potting soil should have some peat added to it, but the most important factor is that it needs to be fast draining. To increase the drainage you can add some perlite or use an African violet potting mixture.
FertilizerSee the plant with a balanced liquid fertilizer every two weeks in the spring and summer and monthly in the off-season.
TemprtatureIn winter normal household temps - minimum 45°F. In growing season 60-80°F is ideal. .
PropagationTake 3 inch Young tip cuttings in the spring or early summer route with hormone routing powder.
CommentsThis would this plant would be ideal in an unused corner of the bathroom as a standing plant or if trained to cascade, on a shelf or vanity.
VariationsTrailing versions - Cissus “Minima” or ‘Mandiana Compacta’. Cissus discolor for unusal leaves with silver and pink

Conclusion:

Okay, let sum things up. We tackled two major questions in this article and provided some detailed answers. Let’s really make it short and sweet. Here are the two questions and their answers.

Question #1: Which herbs are suitable for indoor growing with artificial light?

Answer: Just about all of them, with one or two exceptions.

Question #1: Which grow light system is best for beginners?

Answer: We recommend LED grow lights. They are easy, simple, and produce great results. Their technology has improved drastically.

There are also some grow light kits available which are recommended for beginners and are shown below.

We hope you enjoyed – “Grow Herbs Indoors With Artificial Light | The Basics”, and picked up some valuable information, tips and tricks.

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