Plants in the Powder Room
Learn about great plant choices for the powder room as well as maintenance considerations.
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Plants can completely change the look of a powder room. They are a natural for the bath, where the humidity is probably higher than in other rooms of your home. The hardest part of growing plants in the powder room is choosing the right ones for your room’s growing conditions. Plants that do well with lower light and high humidity will thrive in most powder rooms, which often have no windows, but be sure to assess the light conditions of your particular room before choosing a plant. Some beautiful choices include the following:
- Rabbit foot fern (Davallia) has furry roots that drape over the pot’s edge and look like rabbbits’ feet.
- The glossy dark green leaves of the peace lily (Spathiphyllum) provide deep contrast to the creamy white blooms. It thrives in low light.
- Peperomia provides colorful variegation.
- Pothos (Scindapsus) is one of the easiest plants to grow indoors. It is disease-resistant and requires very little maintenance.
- Mother-in-law-tongue (Sansevieria) has beautiful upright marbled leaves outlined in yellow.
- Ti tree (Cordyline terminalis) has colorful foliage incorporating burgundy and bright pink.
- Elephant ear, with its white striping and arrowhead-shaped leaves, is an interesting option for the bath. Be careful not to overwater this plant, and repot it every two to three years.
- Polka dot plants (Hypoestes) are happy little plants that are easy to grow and disease-resistant.
- Iron cross begonia has soft, furry little leaves. It does well in low-light conditions.
- Check leaves for dust. Never dust plants with a feather duster, since this can spread insects from plant to plant. Wipe plant leaves with a damp towel to remove any dust. To dust plants with texture, use a soft paintbrush.
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