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Houseplants for dark damp bathroom...


Newbie here on the forum & I'm desperate for some good advice.

Having had to move from an old flat with a big bright windowsill in the bathroom, I now have a bathroom without a window, lots of condensation & no natural light at all. I have a long ledge I want to put plants along above the sink/toilet but cannot think what will actually survive let alone thrive in this kind of environment?

The light is on when I go in otherwise the room is pitch black most of the time.

Have thought about Aspidistras & Zamioculcas from a lot of internet searching but even then I'm not convinced that they'd be as tolerant as I'll need...

Any ideas or experience gratefully received ????



  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,914

    The only things that will grow in those conditions are mushrooms.

    Green plants need light in order to photosynthesise - otherwise they die.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Dare I say itimage....yes I'll be ones!image

  • Can you rotate your plants around your home?. Shade tolerant plants like aspidistras, marantas, snake plant and many ferns will tolerate very little light for a while. Then when they look like they are suffering, move them into a better lit room to recuperate.

  • Thanks for your answers. 

    I'm contemplating any options right now, even leaving the light on 24/7 & finding a plant friendly lightbulb!

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,914
    Bunch of daffs once a week?
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • I have the same issue in my new house - damp wet bathroom. Mould started to grow on leaves and soil after about 4 weeks. The orchid stopped producing new buds. I've moved them all out. Even the block air freshener I put in the space doesn't 'melt', the temperature is so cool. Shame.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,748

    I was going to say silk plants, but flowers beat me to it! Here in France they make lovely ones.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Thank you Tetley for the welcome & to everyone else for your thoughts.

    I do appreciate it.

    I think I'll go down the picture route, and look at sill flowers too.

    It just doesn't feel like my home if there aren't plants in every room! ????
  • Hi Purple Orchid, pleased to meet you image

    Garden centres have some nice silk flowers/plants. The ones near me have a selection of artificial orchids too. Maybe you'll find some bargains in the sales image

    GCs have a good selection of flower pics too.

  • Thank you star gaze lily, hello to you too!

    I do think now silk is my only option if I want physical plants in there.

    I wish the people in charge of designing new homes could take into account light/windows etc more than they have with my new place.

    I shall get lots of flowery pictures up in there too ????
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