Early in 2020, Francis and I took a five-hour from Nueva Ecija to San Felipe, Zambales to check our chosen venue for our wedding that November. Sadly, that didn’t push through because of the pandemic. But we still took home several design ideas from that Liwliwa resort that we are now incorporating in the tiny house we are building for our little family.
My personal favorite are the plants lining up the bathroom window in their Abaca Rooms. I love the idea so much that an open-air, free-flowing window is one of my few special requests for our bathroom. Just like in that resort, I am planning to line it with small plants and they are going to look amazing.
But what plants should I have in our small bathroom? Here are some of my options and why I am likely choosing them.
- How to Choose a Plant for Your Tiny House Bathroom
- 5 Best Small Plants for a Tiny Bathroom
- How I Plan to Take Care of Plants in the Bathroom
How to Choose a Plant for Your Tiny House Bathroom
According to The Spruce, there are three considerations when choosing a plant for your bathroom: low light, high humidity, and temperature swings.
The good thing is, the plants in this list are already thriving where I am and have been tried and tested to withstand the conditions of Filipino family bathrooms. By ordinary I mean most of us do not have hot and cold options in our showers. The weather here in the Philippines is fairly constant – just humid almost all of the time – so I am pretty confident that these are good options for our tiny house bathroom.
5 Best Small Plants for a Tiny Bathroom
Here are 5 of the best plants that will thrive in a highly humid environment like the bathroom, are readily available in the Philippines, and are known as natural air-purifiers:
The golden pothos is a beautiful trailing vine that thrives in low to bright indirect sunlight. I remember the an office I went to at the height of the pandemic. There were lots of golden pothos in their bathroom and it looked fantastic.
The golden pothos is known to filter gaseous toxins from the air so I think it will be great as a hanging plant for our outdoor kitchen as well.
Almost every Filipino home in the provinces has a snake plant, so it was amusing for us when plant shops started selling them for thousands of pesos at the height of the pandemic. Anyway, snake plants deserve the love because they are beginner-friendly, can live in high humidity places, and tolerate low to bright sunlight. They are known to be almost impossible to kill.
For our small bathroom, I am looking for the dwarf variety.
The lucky bamboo is known to thrive in places with low light and has the reputation of being nearly indestructible, so it looks like a good option for this anesthesia-brain mama. The only drawback is it is sensitive to the chlorine in tap water, but we are getting water purifiers for our sinks anyway.
Now, I’m not Chinese and I’m not really into feng shui ANYMORE but if the lucky bamboo will bring good fortune in our bathroom, I say, why not?
Spider plants are reportedly highly air-purifying so they are perfect for the bathroom. They also do not appreciate direct bright sunlight.
The spider plant is one of those plants I don’t normally consider particularly special because I see it everywhere. And by everywhere I mean in all schools here in our city. (Francis and I work for the Department of Education.) So I’m pretty sure I can find one in no time. In fact I see one from my office window. Now I just have to convince our gardener to give me one.
With all this plant talk, you would think that I have green thumb. But this mama is all purple, baby! Believe me, I tried, but I do not have the gift (or the discipline) to look after them. But even for me, aloe vera is a no-brainer since it doesn’t require a lot of tender loving care. This low-maintenance succulent is also used for sunburn, dry skin, and hair growth so it’s wise to have them at an arm’s reach.
How I Plan to Take Care of Plants in the Bathroom
We all know that the primary requirement for plants to live is sunlight. As you can see in the photo above, our plants are not going to get a lot of direct sunlight at the bathroom window. I plan to take them out once in a while so they can adequately photosynthesize.
Here are some other reminders for taking care of bathroom plants:
- Water them with filtered or distilled water.
- Choose a planter with holes to drain excess water.
- Do not place them on the floor.
I consider myself lucky to be in the same compound with in laws who know everything about plants. I’m sure I can count of them to help this purple thumb with looking after these beautiful plants.
How about you? Do you put plants in your bathroom, too? What plants do you find suitable for your bathroom and how do you take care of them?
Until next time!