With the right plants, you can transform your bathroom into a tropical oasis.

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For many of us, the bathroom is a sanctuary – a tranquil space for self-care and relaxation. To create that tropical spa ambiance without breaking the bank, consider bringing the outdoors indoors by adding a few carefully selected plants. Caring for these plants is easier than you might think, but there are some important do’s and don’ts to keep in mind.

Selecting the right plants for your bathroom is crucial. Think of the lush foliage you would find in a warm and humid jungle environment – those are the plants to focus on. While your favourite cactus thrives in hot and dry conditions and won’t survive in a bathroom, there are plenty of suitable options, such as the popular philodendrons. These plants come in various types, including upright varieties like the P. ‘Hope’ and trailing varieties like Philodendron scandens.

monstera adansonii

Monsteras, like the Monstera adansonii, are another favourite group of plants with refreshing leaf textures and patterns. These plants prefer bright indirect light, so consider the lighting conditions in your bathroom. Monsteras require watering every week or two, making them a relatively low-maintenance choice.

While the list of bathroom-friendly plants may be shorter than that of outdoor plants, there are still other species to consider. Look out for alocasias, such as the Alocasia ‘Stingray’, and Anthurium varieties at your local Builders. The famous ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) is also a fantastic option for forgetful gardeners, as it requires minimal watering and adds a touch of drama to any bathroom oasis. Spathiphyllum species, also known as peace lilies, are forgiving plants that thrive in low-light areas. They provide cues for watering, with drooping leaves being an indicator that the plant needs water.

Starke Ayres Kelpak
Regularly check that your bathroom plants have enough moisture and water them when the soil feels dry. Also watch out for symptoms of under-watering, such as wilting, yellowing leaves, dry soil and dried leaf tips, but don’t wait until these are showing. Also be cautious not to overwater, as bathrooms typically have limited air movement and low levels of light, so plants lose less moisture to transpiration.

Feeding indoor plants is just as important as caring for outdoor plants. Consider using liquid plant food like Stark Ayres Kelpak or Sea Secret once a month to keep your plants in top condition. Occasionally washing the plant leaves in the shower will help remove dust and improve water absorption. Trim off any dead leaves to prevent fungal infections from spreading to other plants.

To improve the appearance of your plants, consider using decorative pot covers instead of the standard plastic containers they are sold in. Builders offers a range of plastic and ceramic pot covers in various shapes and colours. Options that are particularly effective are matte black pots that blend beautifully with the soft stucco tan colour theme of a bathroom, making a statement without overpowering the space.

Fresh air is essential for plants, so remember to open the windows once the humidity has dropped. This simple task allows fresh air to circulate in your bathroom, preventing mould and other fungal infections.

Create a sanctuary in your bathroom
If your plants show signs of stress, a short holiday on your patio may be beneficial. However, ensure they are kept out of direct sunlight to avoid damage.

By following these tips, you can transform your bathroom into a serene oasis, complete with thriving indoor plants that enhance the tranquillity of the space.

When it comes to decorating and styling your bathroom, the possibilities are endless. From plants to pot covers, as well as everything you need to keep your plants healthy, Builders has the perfect solutions for you, both in-store and online at builders.co.za.

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