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20 Plants for a Bathroom with No Window or Light
If you have a bathroom with no window or natural light, it can be tricky to find the right live plants for it. There are only a handful of options, but with proper care these plants will do okay in your sunless bathroom!
Notes on No Light Plants
No matter what plant you get, it will still do better with some amount of light. That said, you don’t have to remodel your windowless bathroom! Consider leaving your bathroom sink or overhead LED lights on, adding a small grow light to the space, or even bringing your plant out of the bathroom for a day or two each week to get a little bit of light.
For many of these plants, you can simply leave the bathroom door open as long as there’s natural light coming in from the adjacent room or hallway. Double the power of it by adding a mirror to your bathroom that can reflect that light back onto your bathroom plants! Rotate the plants frequently to make sure they don’t all grow in one direction.
Best Bathroom Plants Requiring No Light
Pothos are easy to find and enjoy the no-light, damp conditions of a bathroom. You can keep them as hanging shower plants, too.
#2. Snake Plants
Snake plants make fantastic bathroom plants if you have no window! They thrive in areas with no natural light. They are usually small, but you can pick a larger variety too if you want one. (Find out when to water a snake plant.)
#3. Chinese Evergreen
Chinese evergreen is a tropical plant in nature, which means it loves moisture! It’s perfect for bathrooms with no light, as lightbulbs are often enough for it. Too much light can actually hurt the plant!
#4. Spider Plants
Spider plants do very well in artificial light, making them perfect for bathrooms.
#5. ZZ Plant
ZZ plants do very well in windowless bathrooms as long as they aren’t overwatered! When in doubt, let it dry out before watering, especially if you have a humid bathroom.
#6. Cast Iron Plant
Cast iron plants can nearly handle it all – no window, infrequent watering, extreme temperatures – in short, perfect for bathrooms! Just don’t overwater them.
#7. Lucky Bamboo
Lucky bamboo is easy to find and doesn’t require a lot of light (or even soil), but you will need to give it distilled water or tap water that sat out for at least 24 hours.
Also known as nerve plant, this small houseplant can survive in bathrooms without windows.
#9. Peace Lily
Peace lilies are large, but they are happy in windowless rooms, particularly bathrooms where the humidity is high. In the right conditions, you may even be able to keep them as a shower plant! They often won’t bloom in total darkness, though.
Ferns are one of nature’s finest low-light, humidity-loving plants. While each fern varies based on type, some great bathroom options that can withstand artificial light include Asparagus, Autumn fern, Birds Nest, Blue Star, and Maidenhair.
Philodendrons prefer some light, but can manage in darkness as long as you follow some of the light tips listed in the beginning. They will generally stay small and may get leggy, so they can benefit from frequent trips to light.
#12. English Ivy
English ivy, a dark leafed ivy variety, enjoys humidity and can survive in a bathroom with no windows.
Dieffenbachias make nice no-light bathroom plants due to their love of humidity. They grow slowly in the dark, though.
Calatheas love the humidity in bathrooms! Consider trying Calathea ornata or Orbifolia.
These unusual plants can survive low-light AND damp conditions. They will grow more slowly without light, though.
#16. Air Plants
Air plants prefer a few hours of bright indirect light, but can withstand artificial light. They love the humidity of bathrooms and are great if you’re looking for a small bathroom plant.
Moss walls can make cool bathroom plants when maintained! They are fine with no light, too. You can order a moss kit online to get started.
#18. Corn Plant
Corn plants will grow slowly in artificial light if there is no window, but they’ll do okay.
#19. Dragon Tree
Dragon trees prefer more light, but can survive in artificial light. They enjoy the moisture in bathrooms.
Monstera can survive all levels of light, including the small amount in a no-light bathroom.
Watering No Light Plants
Most of these plants will not need to be watered nearly as often as their sun-loving counterparts. This is a combination of their slower growth rate, the fact the sun isn’t drying them out, and that the bathroom itself often houses some excess moisture that they benefit from. Don’t water them even as often as the tag that came with them suggests, since that was designed for normal light conditions.
Once you’ve gotten your plant, you may find it doesn’t adapt as well as you’d hoped. If a plant doesn’t seem to thrive in your no-light bathroom, consider moving it to a different area of the bathroom or follow the other tips listed in the first section. If all else fails, you can keep it as houseplant in your sunny areas and try a different variety. Happy growing!