6 Best Bathroom Plants for Low Light Conditions

  • Ensure to keep plants that like humidity and have low light requirements in bathrooms with no windows; examples include snake plants, ZZ plants, Boston Ferns, Pothos, Lucky bamboo, and philodendrons. 
  • You can rotate your plants between the bathroom and an area that receives light or use grow lights.
plants in bathroom without window

Windowless bathrooms can often seem rather dull, dark, and unappealing. One of the easiest ways to liven up a bathroom with no windows is to get some houseplants in there. 

Most plants cannot survive and grow optimally without a decent light source, but some will flourish with extra care. Which plants can you keep in a bathroom without windows, and how do you keep them happy?

Before choosing plants to keep in your windowless bathroom, you should research which ones prefer this environment. A few plants thrive in low light conditions with high humidity levels, and it is these that you should keep in bathrooms without windows. 

Although, even low-light-loving plants might need a bit of extra light attention every once in a while.

What Plants Will Thrive In A Bathroom Without Windows?

plants in windowless bathroom

Bathrooms without a natural light source often appear dark, damp, and dreary, so getting something in them to brighten them up is always a good idea. 

Luckily for those with windowless bathrooms, several lovely plants will thrive in humid low light conditions. Plants also provide extra oxygen, purify the air, absorb excess moisture, and eliminate bacteria and are great additions to any room.

The following plants will thrive in windowless bathrooms with their preference for low light conditions and high humidity levels:

Snake Plants (Dracaena trifasciata)

snake plants

Prefer partial shade to full shade, soil pH 5.5 – 7, and are excellent air filters.

ZZ Plants (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

zz plants

Prefer partial to low indirect sunlight, soil pH 6 – 7, and prefer to dry out between waterings.

Boston Ferns (Nephrolepis exaltata)

Boston ferns plants

Prefer indirect light, soil pH 5 – 5.5, and love shady conditions and high humidity levels.

Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

pothos plant

Prefer indirect sunlight, soil pH 6.1 – 6.5, and love humidity.

Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)

lucky bamboo plant

Prefer partial shade, low light, and soil pH 6 – 6.5. This plant will happily grow without soil as long as you top up its water regularly, making it an ideal bathroom feature.

Philodendrons (Philodendron spp.)

Philodendrons plant

Depending on the variant, they prefer partial to low light conditions, soil pH 5 – 6, and love to hang from the ceiling or a shelf. 

Tips For Keeping Plants In A Bathroom Without A Window

zz plant in a bathroom without windows

Even plants that thrive in low light conditions can get somewhat leggy if left without a decent light source for too long. To combat this problem, you could employ one or more of the following tips and ensure that you keep your plants happy and growing optimally.

Grow Lights

Use a grow light in your bathroom to provide your plants with the right amount of artificial light to ensure that they can photosynthesize properly and develop optimally. 

Rotate Your Bathroom Plants

If your bathroom has no windows and little to no natural light, you should consider rotating the plants you keep there approximately every three weeks. 

You can do this by taking the plants in your bathroom and swapping them out with plants that have been receiving good indirect sunlight from another area in your home. 

By continuously rotating your plants, you will ensure they get enough light to grow optimally and not become stunted.


Plants are the perfect way to get life and beauty into a windowless bathroom. Before selecting your bathroom plants, always make sure that they will be able to survive in low light and high humidity conditions. Several lovely plants will suit these requirements. 

One thing to remember is even though some plants will happily survive in low light conditions, to give them a boost, you should place them in an area where they can get some extra light every few weeks.

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