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10+ Best Bathroom Plants [No Light]

Is the feeble light stopping you from adding plant aesthetics to your bathroom? No worries. A little creativity and the best selection of plants can make your dream come true.

Generally, there are hundreds of indoor plants which can survive without natural light. Some popular examples include Spider plants, Snake plants, Peace lilies, Cast-iron plants, Boston ferns, and many more.

Bathrooms stink and have the highest levels of dampness. So, choose plants that can withstand humid circumstances and absorb offensive odors. 

12 Best Plants for Bathrooms without Natural Light

Many plants can survive even in light-deficient conditions. But if the indirect light in your bathroom is insufficient for some plants, provide them with 10-12 hours of artificial light.

Different areas in your home receive different amounts of light, particularly in four categories.

Light AreaLight Amount
Low-light Place25 ft-c – 75 ft-c
Medium-light Place75 ft-c – 200 ft-c
High-light Placeover 200 ft-c but not direct sunlight

Here are some top picks of bathroom plants that can be managed without natural light.

1. Spider Plants

Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) are fast-growing plants with about 2 ft long leaves having white stripes in the middle.

Spider plants demand a temperature of about 70° to 90°F and can thrive in humidity up to 70%, so they can be the best choice for your bathroom.

Moreover, they are pet-friendly and low-maintenance plants that can grow in moist, loamy soil with pH of 6.1-6.5. 

spider plant in pot
Spider plants purify indoor air by absorbing benzene, xylene, formaldehyde, etc.

Keep them anywhere; they will beautify your bathroom, but hang them in the baskets for the most incredible view.

Additionally, they don’t need natural light to thrive and can even survive in the accidental lights from your bathroom windows or ventilation.

2. Snake Plants

Snake plants (Dracaena trifasciata) will be the best fit if you have minimum time to devote to your plants, as they require very low maintenance.

They also known as Mother-in-laws Tongue, bear pointed sword-shaped succulent leaves with horizontal stripes and small white flowers on long spikes.

They are slow-growing plants that grow best in loamy soil with pH of 5-8.5. As they are native to rocky soil, only fertilize them in spring.

This plant will never let you down if you grant them with a humid environment and temperature around 55° to 85°F.

You can place Snake plants near your bathroom ventilation or on the ground, but remember to provide artificial light if you keep them in the dark corners.

3. English Ivies

Consider a climber English Evy (Hedera helix) with lobed leaves if you want the foresty walls in your bathroom.

With enough humidity, soon, you will see them crawling on your walls, offering tropical vibes.

Although the plant needs bright indirect light, but can also tolerate very low light conditions. However, you need to supply plenty of artificial light to maintain its variegated form of leaves.

So, you must keep this plant near a window or ventilation. 

Moreover, English Evy thrives best at around 70° to 90°F temperature range in well-drained soil. But you need to fertilize them once a week from spring to summer.

4. Cast Iron Plants

Cast Iron plants (Aspidistra elatior) are known for their long, green, variegated leaves and small bell-shaped solitary flowers.

You can grow them at the temperature of 60° to 75°F but be sure to keep the plants away from windows.

This plant can be the perfect choice for bathrooms because of its humidity requirement of up to 70%.

Cast Iron will thrive best in soil rich in organic matter with a pH of 5-6.5. However, you have to fertilize them only during spring and summer.

If grown in bathroom, take Cast Iron once every 10-14 days to indirect sunlight. 

5. Pothos Vines

Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) are evergreen plants with thick, glossy, heart-shaped leaves with yellow specks.

The plant requires bright but indirect light, which you can easily supply with accidental light from windows, doors, or artificial light.

Additionally, they need more than 70% humidity and flourishes on the hanging baskets with nutrient-rich soil of pH 6.1-6.5.

The temperature requirement of Pothos usually ranges from 70° to 90°F.

Moreover, Pothos are fast-growing plants if you fertilize them monthly from spring to summer. 

6. Boston Ferns

Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata), also known as Sword Fern, serves you with its beautiful clumped feather-like fronds and looks magnificent when hung on baskets.

This houseplant needs indirect light, but leaf fall may occur if the light in your bathroom isn’t enough. In that case, provide the plant with artificial light to keep it healthy.

Unlike other ferns, Boston Fern is beneficial, non-toxic, and requires minimal care under high humidity, which is worthy of any type of bathroom.

Moreover, you can grow it best in the loamy soil mixed with compost with pH of 5.0 to 5.5 at temperatures ranging from 65° to 95°F.

Also, Boston Fern has air purification ability and is perfect for bestowing fresh bathroom vibes.

7. Aglaonema Plants

Aglaonema (Aglaonema commutatum) never fails to enlighten your bathroom with its long, tapered, pink leaves with green margins.

Place this plant on your bathroom window sill as indirect light maintains its colorful foliage. However, it can survive very low light too.

Aglaonema flourishes best in peat-based soil mixed with perlite at 5.6-6.5 pH range.

top view of aglaonema grown in pot
Overwatering or underwatering issues can cause drooping and yellowing of Aglaonema plant.

You can keep this beauty intact by supplying it with an all-purpose fertilizer. But never overfertilize to increase its growth as it is a slow-growing plant.

Moreover, Aglaonema has a temperature demand of around 70° to 85°F and requires more than 70% humidity, suiting best in any bathrooms.

8. Oyster Plants

The oyster plant (Tradescantia spathacea) is famous for its fast-growing ability and enchanting 6-8 inch purple-green leaves with small white flowers.

If you want to add these charms, plant them in rocky- well-drained soil with pH of 1 to 6.5 in the hanging basket.

Also, remember that this plant thrives best in temperatures around 55° to 80°F and requires high humidity.

Once you start growing the Oyster plant, there is never going back because of its beauty and medicinal benefits.

If your bathroom lacks natural light, place this plant where accidental light occurs frequently. You must supply it with enough artificial light to maintain its colorful foliage.

9. Peace Lilies 

Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum wallisii) are fast-growing, low-maintenance plants that thrive best in moist soil with a pH of around 6.5.

Their white spadix and oval, glabrous, dark green leaves never fail to enlighten your bathroom.

Any varieties of Peace lily fits perfectly in your bathroom due to its excellent odor-absorbing capacity and high humidity demands of up to 70%.
You can grow Peace Lilies in the dark corners of your bathroom as the plants do not need bright and direct sunlight.

Besides, this houseplant will be happy if you fulfill its temperature demand of  65° to 85°F.

10. Calathea Varieties 

Calathea (Calathea allouia) gives you a creative vibe with its beautifully patterned oblong foliage.

Although it is slow growing, you can thrive this plant in a pet-friendly environment with minimal care.

Calathea can tolerate very low light, too, but it’s best to provide the plant with artificial light to maintain the color and pattern of foliage.

Bathroom will be the best place as it requires a moist environment and thrives best in average room temperatures around 65°F-85°F.

Mainly, use the potting mix rich in organic matter without water retention particles, as plants may suffer from root rot in too much moisture.

Besides, Calathea will grow best if you use diluted liquid fertilizer in the spring but avoid fertilizing in the winter. 

11. Red Anthurium

If you love colors, Red Anthurium (Anthurium andraeanum) with bright red spathe surrounding the spadix with dark green lance-shaped leaf will surely brighten your bathroom.

You can see Anthurium growing up to 18 inches, but if you want to keep it small, you can maintain it up to 12 inches.

This slow to moderate-growing plant needs well-drained, coarse soil with pH of 5.5-6.5 and above 60% humidity.

For the best results, use quarter-strength fertilizer once every 4 months, and maintain the temperature around 65° to 85°F.

Choose a place near a window or ventilation, as this plant needs indirect light. But it can also survive in low light conditions too.

12. Monstera Plants

Monstera (Monstera deliciosa) is well known for its split, big, fan-shaped leaves, but the beauty enhances even more when it flowers with spathe and spadix.

Although the plant needs bright indirect light, you can quickly fulfill its light demands by providing artificial light.

As Monstera needs more than 80% humidity, it will love being in your bathroom, but you must maintain the temperature around 60°-80°F.

Man holding monstera
With the holes present on the leaves, Monstera tolerates heavy winds and rainfalls.

Moreover, you must ensure that it needs mixed peat soil with pH of 5-7.0 and fertilizer once a month during its growing seasons.

Besides its beauty, this plant is highly toxic to pets and children due to its calcium oxalate crystals.

According to NASA’s clean air study, some of the above plants, such as Peace Lily, Aglaonema, Snake plant, Spider plant, and English Evy, purify the indoor air by removing organic chemicals.

FAQs Regarding Bathroom Plants 

How do I bring natural light to the bathroom without windows?

If your bathroom lacks windows, proper ventilation is the most important thing to take care of. Other secondary things include bright color palettes, good-quality artificial lights, etc.

Is it a good idea to put plants in the bathroom?

It’s absolutely fine to place your plants in the bathroom, but be sure to put those plants that can survive high humidity and low light.

Can plants help with mold in the bathroom?

Plants such as Boston Ferns absorb the moisture in your bathroom, helping to reduce the molds that survive in excess moisture.

If you plan to add or own houseplants, ensure their lighting demands are entirely fulfilled.

From Editorial Team

Facts Regarding Bathroom Plants!

Indeed, no plant survives without light. All you need to do is to be innovative and place the plants accordingly.

Bathrooms have moist environments, so never try to grow succulents, as they need bright sunlight and low humidity.

Also, choose plants that have air-purifying capacities for refreshments.