You love plants and flowers of all kinds. From bougainvillea to Australian tree fern the aesthetics of flora makes your heart glad and your Shopping-The-Home-Depot-finger quiver. You hope cross-species reincarnation turns out to be a real thing. That way you can to come back as a begonia x semperflorens-cultorum (wax begonia).
But you have an unfortunate secret. It’s one you have DVR’d HGTV to solve. Alas, try as you might, cultivating plants in your home has proved to be a challenge. Make that, more than a challenge.
You killed a cactus.
Fortunately for you, there is a new movement afoot in the world of in-home gardening. The place you think of last in terms of decorating may be the best place to see plants thrive. That’s right, it’s your bathroom! And Gildshire Magazines is here with some ideas about what to grow in the warm and moist climate fostered by that room of rest.
So, here they are. Not one, three or even five selections. Nine plants and all of them guaranteed (well, almost) to thrive in your bathroom. Singing optional.
Boston Ferns: Boston ferns (Nephrolepis exaltata) are popular houseplants, but they do need proper care. Fortunately, some of that care is provided simply by placing the fern in the bathroom. That’s where it’s natural affinity for humidity can best be addressed. Don’t over-fertilize! Twice a year is sufficient.
Philodendron: Philodendrons are easy companions. Their care is a cinch because, if you watch for signals, the plant will tell you what it needs. Place your philodendron near the bathroom window, because it likes occasional sunlight. But only indirect sunlight. Non-climbing philodendrons require some elbow room, as their spread is twice their height.
Pothos: These are often mistaken for philodendrons because the leaves are similarly shaped.But Pothos plants are usually variegated with splotches of yellow or white color. A pothos is smaller than a philo, as well. Your pathos likes light conditions that vary a bit. The occasional on/off of the bathroom light suits it nicely.
Spider Plant: Another low-maintenance plant, the Spider will tolerate outright abuse! They flower in the Spring and, as daylight increases, your spider should begin producing flowers, eventually developing into babies, or spider plant spiderettes. This may not always occur, however, as only mature plants with enough stored energy will produce spiderettes. So, try and put the plant as near to a natural light source as possible.
Orchid: This may seem like an ambitious suggestion for someone who has had little success thus far. But, hear us out. Care of your indoor orchid plant is easy once you learn how to grow them properly. They want bark, rather than soil. Young orchid plants are best grown in fine bark, older orchids are more flexible as to growing medium. Maintain a consistent fertilization schedule. That would be weekly or bi-weekly while they are producing new growth, decreasing to monthly or bi-monthly intervals once they mature. Discontinue fertilizing altogether once the plants go dormant.
Bamboo: Lucky Bamboo, to be more precise. What is the key to successful Lucky Bamboo growth? Water, of course. And boy does this guy like water. The plant will need 1-3 inches of water before it has grown roots. After it roots, you will need to make sure that the roots are covered with water. As it grows, you can increase the amount of Lucky’s water. More water= higher and more abundant roots. More roots=a lusher set of flowers. Voila! Instant Feng Shui.
Peace Lily: The Peace Lily is adaptable to varying light conditions, from very low to moderate indirect lighting. But the outcome you will receive varies by the amount of light. Peace lilies that are placed in more light tend to produce the lovely white spathes and flowers more, while peace lilies in low light will bloom less and appear more like a traditional foliage plant. Never water a peace lily on a schedule. Instead, check the soil. If it is damp the plant doesn’t need additional water. Fertilizing with a balanced fertilizer one to two times per year will be enough to keep the plant happy.
ZZ Plant: Everyone’s crazy ‘bout a sharp-dressed plant. And the ZZ will reward even the most neglectful owner. ZZ plant stems grow in a graceful, wand-like shape that starts thick and bulbous at the base and then tapers to a point.ZZ plant care starts with a lack of care. In fact, ZZ plants will do better if you leave them alone. Much like cacti, they need less rather than more water. Water the plant only when the soil has dried out. The rare way you can kill this plant is to over water. A yellowing ZZ plant means it is getting too much water and its underground rhizomes may be rotting. So if you remember nothing else, remember to forget to water it. It can survive months without water but will grow faster if watered somewhat regularly.
Aloe Vera: “It’s good for what ails ya’. That’s what our Moms used to say. She may have been talking about the lovely and medicinal aloe vera. It bursts with vitamins and minerals and can be used as a topical treatment for minor cuts and burns, insect bites, dry skin and more.This striking plant should be placed close to the bathroom window.Because of its low water requirements, the humidity alone may meet most of its water needs! It doesn’t get much easier than that.