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8 Best Houseplants for a Windowless Bathroom

Some of the best and most inexpensive interior decorations come from nature. That’s why houseplants are a fun way to spruce up your home. Furthermore, studies have shown that taking care of houseplants is also an excellent stressbuster! With ample light and ventilation, choosing plants for your bedrooms, balconies, and living rooms is not tricky. But what about your bathroom?

And what if your bathroom doesn’t have windows? Read on to learn which plants will thrive in your windowless bathroom.

Essentials to Consider

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When choosing plants for your windowless bathroom, there are three essential points to consider:

  1. No sunlight/natural light: Where there are no windows, there’s no sun, so you’ll need to choose plants that thrive in low light or provide them with artificial light. 
  2. Humidity and Heat: A bathroom is where both heat and humidity spike, so you’ll need to pick plants that can stand up to these conditions.
  3. Space: Bathrooms are somewhat limited in size. Avoid any super-growers. 

Keeping these three points in mind, here’s a list of eight houseplants that will spruce up your bathroom:

1. Dieffenbachia Dumbcane

Dieffenbachia Seguine
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Dieffenbachia seguine, or dumbcane, does well in low light and can reach a height of up to 8 feet (though it usually grows 3 to 6 feet indoors). Its leaves come in vibrant shades of cream, yellow and white. 

Because the plant stays upright, it is an excellent choice for indoor bathroom corners. It’s also an easy plant to care for, being immensely tolerant to drought and heavy shade. 

However, this indoor plant gets its nickname “dumbcane” because the stem and leaves produce crystals that can cause stinging and burning, so keep it away from kids and pets. Remember not to touch your face or eyes after handling the plant, or better yet, use gloves.

2. Spider Plant

Spider plant in a blue and white ceramic pot,the shade
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The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) can make even an amateur gardener feel like an expert, as it requires little maintenance. Moreover, it hates direct sunlight, making it a perfect candidate for a windowless bathroom.

Its arched leaves are long and mostly green, sometimes variegated with white. In the summers, these plants yield beautiful tiny white flowers, making them a lovely addition to your home. What’s more, NASA touts this plant as an air purifier!

Spider plants like even moisture, but since they’ll be in a closed, humid environment, don’t water them too frequently, or they might develop root rot. Spider plants can become potbound, so remember to re-pot them at least once every two years.

3. Snake Plant 

Snake Plant
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Whether you call it snake plant, “mother-in-law’s tongue,” or Dracaena trifasciata, this little beauty is yet another easy-going houseplant and an excellent plant for beginners. It belongs to the succulent family, and there are over 70 varieties from which to choose!

It can grow up to 2 to 4 feet, and its fleshy, erect foliage is generally deep green with a little lighter gray-green mix. Snake plants prefer indirect light or partial shade but tolerate shade equally well and are susceptible to overwatering. Watch out for this plant, as all parts are toxic to humans and animals.

4. Golden Pothos

Golden Pothos Vine Houseplant
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The golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is a relatively low-maintenance plant that yields gorgeous heart-shaped leaves in shades of golden green. It does well in shady conditions.

Since it is a vine, it’s versatile and can be roped around a trellis or trailed along the walls using hooks for support. The plant is easy to contain, and you can pinch off parts to curtail its growth as needed. It is also simple to propagate using stem cuttings.

But be warned, this plant is dangerous to ingest, so be careful if you have children or pets at home.

5. Aloe Vera

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Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis miller) is a member of the succulent family that’s pretty handy to have around the house. People use the gel from its leaves to treat maladies from acne to burns.

Aloe vera likes sunlight, but it’s an adaptable plant that does well in the shade. It enjoys heat and moist environments, so it’ll do well in a windowless bathroom. Remember not to overwater it.

The plant is easy to propagate; a little stem cutting from the base of a mature plant can create a brand-new one.

6. Boston Fern

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Also known as Nephrolepis exaltatathe Boston fern is a popular houseplant. (Somewhat confusingly, it is an evergreen native to the south of North America.) It’s an excellent plant to have indoors and can be grown in a hanging pot, its green foliage adding vibrancy to wherever you place it.

Boston fern is tolerant to shade and prefers moist soil, and a high-humidity environment, making it a perfect companion for a windowless bathroom. Low humidity can cause the tips to turn brown and fall.

Watch out, though, because the Boston fern tends to shed a lot, and while it’s not poisonous, cleaning after it can be bothersome.

7. Prayer Plant

Prayer Plant
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Scientifically known as Maranta leuconeura, the evergreen prayer plant is another household favorite. With stunningly colorful leaves, this little one will cheer up any room where you might put it. 

The plant grows to a maximum height of 1 foot and rarely flowers indoors. Its leaves are long and broad, about 5 inches in length, with an overall foliage spread of 1 foot.

The prayer plant enjoys sheltered locations with as much shade as possible and loves humidity, making a windowless bathroom the perfect place.

8. Parlor Palm

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As the name suggests, the parlor palm (Chamaedorea elegans) is a seasonally blooming palm plant. Its evergreen leaves are lush and dense and about 6 inches in length. If your palm receives enough light, you might see yellow flowers and elegant black fruit after a few years.

While the plant is generally non-toxic, the sap and juice of parlor palm fruit might cause skin irritation. 

Parlor palm doesn’t like full sun and flourishes in moist, shady areas, making it an excellent choice for a windowless bathroom. It is relatively low maintenance, not requiring frequent pruning or fertilization. It does require regular watering, though.

A Good Variety!

The plants above are only a fraction of the array available for your windowless bathroom. They are widely available and are relatively easy to manage, especially for beginners. However, don’t be afraid to mix it up!

The best gardeners and combinations are created by trial and error. Do you have any other favorites? Share in the comments below!