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Plants in the Bathroom

I wanted to do three quick follow-up posts related to our bathroom makeover: plants, shower curtain, and hardware.  Let’s start with the bathroom plants.

ZZ Plant in Bathroom
We have a ZZ on the tank tray – ZZ plants always appear on the lists of hardy, low-light plants. I already have cuttings started, so when this one gets too big for the space I’ll swap in a smaller/younger ZZ and move it elsewhere (though my “elsewhere” options are running low, I admit).

For the hanging shower plants, I have a pothos and a fern.  Pothos is the comic sans of the potted plant world – it’s overused in office settings and people love to hate it – but I don’t mind it. It’s indestructible, it grows quickly and it’s a cheap, easy way to add a lot of green to any spot in your home.

Hanging Plants in Shower
As for the fern, Home Depot’s plant vendor has started labeling some of their plants like so:

Plant Tag
So helpful! So scientific! Genus: Houseplant. Species: Foliage. While leads to me Googling things like “broad leaf fern rippled edges” to learn that this guy is a birds-nest fern.

Birds Nest Fern

I had an ivy plant in this spot previously, thinking it was a good fit for low light and high humidity. Wrong!: Spider mites loved the lack of air movement (we don’t have a bathroom fan and that window isn’t open during the summer when we have our AC on).

Spider Mites on Ivy Leaves
Spider mites! Infinitesimally small and master web weavers – they enclosed the leaves so completely it was like they had been wrapped in plastic wrap. There was actually a sheen to the web. RIP ivy plant.

Spider Mites on Ivy Leaves
One more thing: someone commented on Pinterest: “I can just see hitting your head on that plant holder every time you step in to take a shower.” Don’t worry, Internet Good Samaritan: they are hung high enough even for Jarrod to avoid hitting his head – see?

Jarrod Loves Plant(He’s giving a thumb’s up but it kind of looks like a finger gun, which may be how he really feels about posing for this photo.)

Granted, if you’re 6’4″ and you’re showering at my apartment, you may bump your head, but that’s on you. 6’4″ is too many.

Reminder: Today is your last chance to participate in the Cape Horn Illustration giveaway. I’ll randomly select a commenter this evening.  Your deadline to comment on Cape Horn post is 7:00pm CST. Delurk and win!

4 thoughts on “Plants in the Bathroom

  1. Erin

    I totally got a shower plant after seeing your bathroom reno! Actually, I bought like 7 plants in the “clearance” section of our local nursery because cheap and overkill go so nicely together.

    Anyway, my question is where did you get that hanging basket thingie? I can’t seem to find one at the big box stores. . .

    Also, nematodes? Discuss.

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    1. Marti Post author

      I picked up the hanging basket at Lowe’s or Home Depot at the beginning of the season. If you do find one, I recommend using a clear coat spray paint before hanging to help protect it from moisture.

      Nematodes?! Is this a planted (heh) question from Jarrod? I don’t have any thoughts about nematodes, but Jarrod sure does, ever since a faculty member told him we needed to inject our dying zucchini plant with them. Jarrod wants nematodes in the garden and microbes in his gut.

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