7 Humidity-Loving Plants That Will Thrive in Your Bathroom

Go ahead, turn your bathroom into a lush, plant-filled oasis.

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Adding a live plant is one of the easiest ways to make your bathroom feel more spa-like, but if you don't get a variety that's suited for a high-humidity environment, it won't survive in there for long. To figure out which plants will thrive in a humid (and often dimly-lit) space, we reached out to the plant pros at Greenery NYC and The Sill to get their picks for the best plants to place in the bathroom. From hanging plants that will happily live with shower mist, to plants that tolerate a low-light room, these are the varieties most likely to flourish.

Remember, the number one rule to follow before bringing home a new plant baby is to consider the environment in which it will live. Before choosing from the plant types below, then let those considerations guide your decision. From there, select a mix of hanging plants, potted varieties, and those that will work in a plant stand to create a lush-looking bathroom.

Bird's Nest Fern

The Sill Bird's Nest Fern
The Sill

The plant pros at both The Sill and Greenery NYC agree: A bird's nest fern is one of the best plants for the bathroom. "Native to areas of Southeast Asia and Polynesia, the bird's nest fern loves the extra moisture a bathroom can provide," says plant expert Erin from The Sill. "It rewards high humidity with big growth over time and less browning on the leaf edges," explains Rebecca Bullene, the founder of Greenery NYC.

Bonus: While most ferns, contrary to popular belief, prefer bright light, the bird's nest fern can tolerate lower light spaces, making it ideal for a bathroom that's not flooded with sunlight.

To buy: $43, thesill.com and from $9, greenerynyc.com.


Greenery NYC Alocasia plant in pot
Greenery NYC

Alocasia love a bright and humid home, so they'll thrive in a bathroom with a big sunny window. Just be careful not to set this leafy plant too close to the windowsill—its leaves are prone to sunburn.

To buy: From $9, greenerynyc.com.

Staghorn Fern

The Sill Staghorn Fern

The Sill

"Another favorite fern of ours, the staghorn fern—like the bird's nest fern—loves the extra humidity a bathroom provides," says Erin from The Sill. However, it prefers a bit more light than the bird's nest fern, so save this variety for a sunnier powder room. Staghorn ferns are epiphytes (meaning that in nature, they live on trees rather than in soil), so you can mount this fern on wood and hang it on the bathroom wall or pot it and set it on the windowsill.

To buy: $42, thesill.com.


Greenery NYC Pothos plant
Greenery NYC

The experts agree: Pothos is a hardy, easy-to-care-for plant that can survive in most spaces. In fact, Erin from The Sill says that pothos is sometimes referred to as a "cubicle plant" for that reason. Although it doesn't necessarily need the high humidity of a bathroom, it will tolerate it. Plus, it can survive lower light levels and irregular watering.

This fast-growing plant flourishes into a hanging vine, so set one on a high shelf or suspend it from the shower curtain rod to give your bathroom jungle vibes.

To buy: From $9, greeenerynyc.com and $43, thesill.com.

Air Plants

The Sill Birds nest fern
The Sill

Air plants thrive in a humid climate, so a steamy bathroom is the ideal spot for them. However, they do best in bright, indirect light. "If you have a bathroom with a big sunny window, these are for you," says The Sill.

To buy: $30 for 6, thesill.com.


The Sill Aloe plant in pink pot
The Sill

Although aloe doesn't really need the added moisture of a bathroom, it's still an asset to the bathroom for its natural beauty benefits. "The gooey insides of the aloe plant's leaves can be used to help soothe skin, heal minor burns, reduce itch, and more," explains The Sill. Slice off a mature leaf at the base of the plant, then squeeze out the interior gel and apply to the skin. Set the plant near a window, as it appreciates bright, direct light.

To buy: $29, thesill.com.


Greenery NYC Calathea
Greenery NYC

Calatheas are well-suited for most bathrooms: They respond very well to humidity and can tolerate indirect light. "If you want to bring a splash of color and elegance to the bathroom, calatheas are the way to go," says Bullene.

If your bathroom doesn't get a ton of natural light, The Sill recommends opting for a variety called the "Freddie" calathea.

To buy: From $12, greenerynyc.com and $45 thesill.com.

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