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The 6 Best Houseplants That Will Grow Better In Your Bathroom

By Maria Cook

Indoor plants are usually found in entryways, living rooms and kitchens. Keeping a small plant on your desk at work isn't unheard of either (and is actually recommended by health professionals) but why limit your green thumb to only these areas?

Storing plants in your shower has a surprising number of advantages. Not only do they help purify the air but they have the ability to eliminate bacteria and absorb excess moisture. They can turn your bathroom into a calming, spa-like space when you need to destress. If you're looking for bathroom decor that is simple and elegant, or if you're seeking ways to bring a little green to different areas of your home, try raising one (or several) of these indoor plants that are known to thrive in steamy bathroom conditions. 

1. Orchids

Once an expensive and sought after flower, orchids have become more common and inexpensive in recent years. These delicate blooms can be found in the floral section of just about any grocery store for a reasonable price. Because orchids are native to tropical climates, they love humidity and will thrive in the steamy confines of a bathroom. Just be sure that they have minimal sunlight (a skylight or small bathroom window should be enough to keep them happy). 

There are different varieties (or "breeds") of orchids. For greatest ease of care, try to buy an orchid of the Phalaenopsis variety. These orchids do particularly well in bathrooms, as long as it's well ventilated. This will help protect your orchids from mold and rot due to too much moisture. 

2. Snake plants

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Its' scientific name is Sansevieria trifasciata, but this common household plant is known by many names. Some call it snake plant, due to the scale-like patterns on its leaves. Others refer to it as ladyfingers plant because of the leaves' elegant shape. Some even call it mother-in-laws tongue, due to the fact that its leaves end in hard, sharp points. But no matter what you call it, this plant is one of the easiest houseplants to keep

Snake plants can be left alone for long periods of time without much care. They do not require much water, but humid conditions (such as those in a bathroom) will allow it to absorb almost all of the moisture they need. They can also live in low-light conditions. Just be sure to pay attention to how fast your snake plant is growing. If it begins to grow rapidly, it may require transferring to a larger pot. 

3. Ferns

Ferns are popular houseplants, and for good reason. Their unfurling leaves are beautiful, and their versatility is impressive. Able to be potted on the floor or suspended from baskets, ferns come in a variety of breeds, shapes, and colors. Because all fern varieties live on forest floors, they thrive in shade and moist conditions.

Ferns do best in bathrooms with low light, such as those with south or east-facing windows. Place a potted fern in the corner of your bathroom or, if you're feeling particularly adventurous, hang your fern right over the shower itself. Just make sure that your fern isn't being directly hit with shower water, and that it is hung low enough that you are able to reach it, to monitor the dryness of its soil.

You should only water your fern once its soil has become dry. Ferns require mild to cool temperatures most of the time, so although they will be able to stand the occasional warm shower, you should try to make sure that your shower stays around 70 degrees Fahrenheit the majority of the time. If you're wondering which variety of fern to purchase, the common Boston fern may be a good choice, as this variety thrives in bathrooms.