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Top 10 Best Plants for the Bathroom in the UK 2021

Plants and flowers are a great way to liven up any indoor living space, but when it comes to houseplants, the bathroom is often overlooked. Bathrooms tend to be darker and damper than other rooms in the house, which is less than ideal for some types of flora. However, it actually provides the perfect environment for certain potted or hanging species, if you know what to look for!


There are some important things to consider when selecting a plant that'll thrive in a bathroom, especially one with no or low light. That's why we've put together this buying guide to help simplify the decision making process, and if after reading you're still in need of a little inspiration, we've even ranked our top 10 favourites from Amazon, eBay and Waitrose!

  • Last updated: 10-03-2021
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How to Choose a Plant for the Bathroom in the UK ― Buying Guide

There's nothing worse than bringing home a new house plant only for it to wither and die a couple of weeks later. In this buying guide we go over the top things to consider when choosing the right plant for your bathroom, and we'll mention which species are suitable, too.

Think About the Size of Your Plant and Where You Want to Put It

Think About the Size of Your Plant and Where You Want to Put It

Are you looking for a large pot plant to help transform your bathroom into a jungle, or would you prefer something small to accent the sink or line the windowsill? When shopping for plants you need to take the size of your bathroom and desired placement into account, and always check the dimensions of the plant first to ensure a perfect fit.


Remember that some plants will start off small, but can grow quite big over the years. Some grow upright, while others have bushy branches and leaves. If you're pushed for space, opt for a hanging plant that can be suspended from a hook or the ceiling, such as a spider plant or an ivy.

Choose Humidity Loving Plants That Can Withstand Temperature Fluctuation

Choose Humidity Loving Plants That Can Withstand Temperature Fluctuation

Bathrooms can get pretty humid with rising steam from the shower or bath. Certain plant species, such as ferns, love soaking up moisture and can even help purify the air!


Moreover, running hot water causes the bathroom to warm up and cool down during the day, so you'll need to ensure whichever plant you pick can withstand temperature fluctuation. While succulents may seem a good idea, they are probably best avoided – these plants thrive in dry deserts, so keeping them in damp conditions could lead to mould and root rot. 

Consider the Amount of Natural Sunlight Light Your Bathroom Gets

Consider the Amount of Natural Sunlight Light Your Bathroom Gets

Plants get energy from sunlight through a process called photosynthesis. However, the amount of light plants needs will vary depending on the type – some plants require a large amount of direct sunlight, whereas others prefer shadier locations. 


You should therefore select a plant that's suitable for the amount of natural sunlight your bathroom receives during the day. For example, aloe vera and croton plants require bright, indirect sunlight so should ideally be placed a few feet from a south- or west-facing window. For bathrooms with low light, you'll maybe want to try a cast-iron plant instead.

Makes Sure the Plant You Pick Is Suitable for Your Lifestyle and Level of Gardening Expertise

Makes Sure the Plant You Pick Is Suitable for Your Lifestyle and Level of Gardening Expertise

Different plant species require varying levels of care in order for them to thrive. This includes tasks such as watering, pruning, repotting, fertilising, misting and dusting, all of which take time and a certain amount of skill.


Not all of us are green-fingered, so if you are somewhat botanically challenged you'll want a hardier, low-maintenance plant species such as the spider plant. These plants are also ideal for people with busy schedules or those who travel often as they won't wilt after a day of forgotten watering.


More advanced gardeners will be comfortable handling more involved medium- to high-maintenance plants, such as crotons or certain species of ferns. These are great for hobbyists and those who are able to devote larger quantities of time caring for their plants. 

Not All Plants Are Safe for Households With Children or Pets

Not All Plants Are Safe for Households With Children or Pets

If there's one thing that kids and pets have in common, it's that when left to their own devices, they'll find a way to get into everything. And that new addition to your bathroom may prove too tempting for little hands to play with, or for Fido to snack on.


With this in mind, it's wise to stay vigilant, as some plants can be toxic (and even deadly) if ingested by animals and/or humans. While others may not be fatal, certain plants can also cause nasty reactions on the skin. 


Before buying, check to see if your chosen plant is safe for animals and children, and perhaps yourself if you have sensitivities. Luckily, there are plenty of suitable options to choose from that everyone in the family can enjoy.

Top 10 Best Plants for the Bathroom in the UK

We've found a great selection of humidity-loving plants suitable for all kinds of homes and lifestyles. So here, in ranking order, are our top 10 plants for the bathroom in the UK!

10

Bakker StorePittsburgh English Ivy

Hedera helix

£10.95

Size15 cm and up
LightMedium to low light
Humidity PreferenceMedium to high humidity
Optimal Temperature 10 - 18 °C
Plant CareLow maintenence
Pet/Child SafeNo
9

GardenersDreamCroton

Codiaeum variegatum

£12.99

Size25 - 183 cm
LightBright, indirect sunlight
Humidity PreferenceHigh humidity
Optimal Temperature 18 - 27 °C
Plant CareHigh maintenance
Pet/Child SafeNo
8

EasyPlantSnake Plant

Sansevieria trifasciata

£21.99

Size30 - 60 cm
LightAll light conditions
Humidity PreferenceMedium humidity
Optimal Temperature 16 - 24 °C
Plant CareLow maintenance
Pet/Child SafeNo
7

EasyPlant/WaitroseMoth Orchid

Phalaenopsis grazz

£34.99

Size45 - 90 cm
LightBright but indirect sunlight
Humidity PreferenceHigh humidity
Optimal Temperature 16 - 30 °C
Plant CareModerate maintenance
Pet/Child SafeYes
6

GardenersDreamAloe Vera

Aloe barbadensis

£12.99

Size15 - 30 cm
LightBright, indirect sunlight
Humidity PreferenceMedium humidity and dry conditions
Optimal Temperature 18 - 29 °C
Plant CareLow maintenance
Pet/Child SafeNo
5

GardenersDreamLaceleaf

Anthurium andraeanum

£17.99

Size15 - 60 cm
LightMedium, indirect sunlight
Humidity PreferenceHigh humidity
Optimal Temperature 18 - 25 °C
Plant CareLow maintenance
Pet/Child SafeNo
4

LUFFY/K2Aqua/WaitroseMarimo Moss Balls

Aegagropila linnaei

£9.95

SizeVariable
LightLow light, medium indirect sunlight
Humidity PreferenceAquatic plant
Optimal Temperature Up to 25 °C
Plant CareLow maintenence
Pet/Child SafeYes
3

GardenersDreamMaidenhair Fern

Adiantum raddianum

£12.99

Size20 - 30 cm
LightMedium light
Humidity PreferenceHigh humidity
Optimal Temperature 18 - 24 ºC
Plant CareMedium to high maintenance
Pet/Child SafeYes
2

Garden Market PlaceSpider Plant

Chlorophytum comosum

£9.99

Size15 - 30 cm
LightMedium, indirect sunlight
Humidity PreferenceMedium to high humidity
Optimal Temperature 12 - 18 °C
Plant CareLow maintenance
Pet/Child SafeYes
1

Botanicly/Perfect PlantsCast-Iron Plant

Aspidistra elatior

£30.98

Size30 cm and up
LightLow light
Humidity PreferenceLow to medium humidity
Optimal Temperature 7 - 29 °C
Plant CareLow maintenence
Pet/Child SafeYes

Compare the Best Plants for the Bathroom

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Botanicly/Perfect Plants Cast-Iron Plant 1

Botanicly/Perfect Plants

2
 Garden Market Place Spider Plant 1

Garden Market Place

3
GardenersDream Maidenhair Fern 1

GardenersDream

4
LUFFY/K2Aqua/Waitrose Marimo Moss Balls  1

LUFFY/K2Aqua/Waitrose

5
GardenersDream Laceleaf  1

GardenersDream

6
GardenersDream Aloe Vera 1

GardenersDream

7
EasyPlant/Waitrose Moth Orchid 1

EasyPlant/Waitrose

8
EasyPlant Snake Plant  1

EasyPlant

9
GardenersDream Croton 1

GardenersDream

10
Bakker Store Pittsburgh English Ivy 1

Bakker Store

Name

Cast-Iron Plant

Spider Plant

Maidenhair Fern

Marimo Moss Balls

Laceleaf

Aloe Vera

Moth Orchid

Snake Plant

Croton

Pittsburgh English Ivy

Features

The Perfect Plant for Bathrooms With Low Light

A Practically Indestructible Plant for the Bathroom

Brighten up Your Bathroom With Beautiful Green Foliage

Fluffy Balls of Japanese Aquatic Moss

A Showstopper With Crimson Red Flowers

Top Choice for Those Who Forget to Water Their Plants

Jazz Up Your Bathroom With a Gorgeous Orchid

Best Bathroom Plant for Beginners

Tiger Striped Leaves to Add Vibrancy to Your Bathroom

A Timeless and Elegant Plant for the Bathroom

Price£30.98£9.99£12.99£9.95£17.99£12.99£34.99£21.99£12.99£10.95
Size30 cm and up15 - 30 cm20 - 30 cmVariable15 - 60 cm15 - 30 cm45 - 90 cm30 - 60 cm25 - 183 cm15 cm and up
LightLow lightMedium, indirect sunlightMedium lightLow light, medium indirect sunlightMedium, indirect sunlightBright, indirect sunlightBright but indirect sunlight All light conditionsBright, indirect sunlightMedium to low light
Humidity PreferenceLow to medium humidityMedium to high humidityHigh humidityAquatic plantHigh humidityMedium humidity and dry conditionsHigh humidityMedium humidityHigh humidityMedium to high humidity
Optimal Temperature 7 - 29 °C12 - 18 °C18 - 24 ºCUp to 25 °C18 - 25 °C18 - 29 °C16 - 30 °C16 - 24 °C18 - 27 °C10 - 18 °C
Plant CareLow maintenenceLow maintenanceMedium to high maintenanceLow maintenenceLow maintenanceLow maintenanceModerate maintenanceLow maintenanceHigh maintenanceLow maintenence
Pet/Child SafeYesYesYesYesNoNoYes NoNo No
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More Ways to Beautify Your Space

More Ways to Beautify Your Space

Even a couple of cleverly-positioned decorative items can really turn your house into a cosy, welcoming home, so feel free to check out our other buying guides for further inspiration! 

Summary

Caring for a plant is a rewarding experience and provides a natural, living decoration unlike any other. Whether you're an experienced plant parent or just starting out, the perfect bathroom plant (or plants) are out there and waiting for you!

Author: Wren Mann

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