Can Succulents Survive in Bathrooms

Can Succulents Survive in Bathrooms
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Can Succulents Survive in Bathrooms

Can succulents survive in bathrooms? This is not the first time that I receive this question. So, in this post, I decided to share some of the facts about succulents. I hope this post answers the query.

Some of the most common indoor plants are succulents. Succulents are plants that are mostly small and easy to take care of indoor. They are planted in a little pot that usually has tiny holes in it to prevent water from being stuck in the bottom of the pot.

Succulents have very thick leaves, unlike any usual plants, they store the water that serves as their food to sustain them for a long time. They do not need excessive watering and intense sunlight which allows them to live indoors.

The most common places where succulents are usually placed are in living rooms and/or bedrooms.

But, can succulents survive in bathrooms too? The answer is yes. Succulents can survive in bathrooms, living rooms, and windowsills.

Bathrooms are usually humid. It is enough for the succulents to thrive.

Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. It is the gaseous state of water. The more water evaporates in the air, the more water vapor rises into the air that causes higher humidity.

Bathrooms, usually smaller than bedrooms and tend to be a hotter place which makes it more humid since heat causes faster water evaporation. In many instances, the bathroom is part of the house that holds the most humidity.

Although some succulents can survive in bathrooms, some are not capable. Those succulents that cannot thrive in bathrooms are those with vulnerable leaves. They cannot stand the humidity inside the bathroom.

The survival of succulents depends on the thickness of their leaves and how they adapt in that space. Since a bathroom is a place high in humidity, succulents that can thrive are those with fleshy leaves and are able to withstand moisture.

Too much humidity, however, can detriment the growth and overall health of the succulents. Fortunately, there are steps you can do to control humidity inside the bathroom. It includes reducing the heat of the shower, putting wet towels inside, and if you have an exhaust fan, you can turn it on to minimize humidity.

The best thing you can do before you place a succulent in the bathroom is to know the variety of the plant and its ability to survive indoor.

The reason is that not all succulents can survive and thrive in the indoor environment especially the bathroom. Some succulents demand contact with sunlight.

although not all succulents can survive in bathrooms, there are, on the other hand, two of the most widely-known types of succulents that can.

The first one is Aloe Vera.  Aloe Vera plants are one of the species of succulents that are greatly known for their fleshy, thick leaves, not to mention their numerous benefits for human beings.

They can also withstand humidity. They only need monitoring from time to time. The important part is for them to be placed in windows where the sun gives enough amount of light.

The second one are the Echeverias. This is also one of the most common succulent species that can be seen in the country alongside Cacti and Aloe Veras. Echeverias also has properties like those of Cacti and Aloe Vera.

If you are living in a tropical area, Aloe Vera and Echeveria can be the best plants for you. This is because these succulents are comfortable indoors and in the bathroom because of the amount of warmth inside.

Those that are placed in windowsills will not suffer from too much moisture. Both succulents mentioned are really the strong ones that can survive indoors.

Depending on the area you are living in, you might find other succulent varieties that can survive in the bathroom environment. In my case though, I found the two mentioned above are the best as far as choosing indoor succulents goes.

The benefits that you can get from Aloe Vera and Echeverias are beyond aesthetics. They have the ability to absorb carbon dioxide and have it converted into plant carbohydrates that they can use to survive while providing oxygen.

This really helps especially if you have furniture indoor. Furniture and cleaning agents produce volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Examples of these chemicals are the Formaldehyde and Benzene. They are both toxic.

Aloe Vera and Echeverias are very good at filtering the air and preventing the toxic airborne chemical from harming the air.

However, if the amount of Benzene and Formaldehyde are too much, they will, in turn, create brown spots in the succulents.

Also, Aloe Vera improves moisture inside the house. While Echeverias are visually pleasing and it has lots of varieties to choose from to decorate indoor spaces.

For me, succulents are some of the best plants indoors because of their drought-resistant characteristics. They are easy to take care of, come in many different sizes and shapes, and easy to propagate.

Having succulents in your bathroom, particularly some aloe vera plants and echeverias does not only contribute greenery inside the house but also refreshes the air you and your family breathe as well.

For years of growing succulents, what I found is that plants especially succulents can make a person happy. And for a person with heart disease (like me), being happy is more than a necessity on a daily basis.

Since 2012 when I had a heart attack, my succulent plants have been making me feel good. And thankfully, since then, my condition is getting better.

This is not a scientific claim, but I can personally say that my plants really help me. Previous studies also found that growing flowers and other types of plants such as succulents have a tremendously positive effect on both psychological and physical health.

If you want to enjoy the same benefits, then you can try growing your own plants too. I hope this post helps. If you want to learn more about succulents, feel free to visit my page Succulent Guide.


I am a university teacher by profession, researcher, blogger, and gardener.

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