7 Tips for Great Indoor Gardening this Winter

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Growing plants inside during the winter is not only beneficial for them, sparing them from enduring the cold and inclement winter weather, it also can be beneficial for you! 

Plants brighten up indoor spaces, which is especially important in the gloomy, grey wintertime, and they purify the air, removing harmful toxins. 

This can be helpful in bathrooms where toxins enter the air from mold and feces. Although you may not think of your bathroom as a great place to keep plants, it surprisingly is, providing them with plenty of humidity, light, warmth, and easy access to water. 

These tips explain how to successfully take care of plants by moving them to your bathroom in the winter. 

Indoor Winter Gardening for Bathroom Plants

Bathrooms are actually an awesome place to grow plants in the winter, providing them with a warm, humid climate that makes the sometimes messy process of indoor plant watering easy. 

Not to mention, your bathroom will look incredible with a jungle of plants inside it and will have much cleaner air. 

#1 Humidity for Winter House Plants 

The best thing about growing plants in your bathroom is that they will always have a constant, steady stream of humidity from your showers, which is wonderful for tropical house plants. Plants with especially low watering requirements may not even need additional water on top of your bathroom’s natural humidity. 

Humidity is a blessing to plants, but can also be a curse. Too much humidity can increase the likelihood of fungal diseases being contracted by your plants. The good thing is, it’s super easy to prevent this from happening, simply space out your plants so they have proper air circulation.

#2 Winter House Plant Temperature Preferences 

One of the downsides of bathrooms, which is also reflected by the rest of your house, is that they can experience temperature fluctuations from being warm during the day to downright cold at night. Make sure that plants that love your bathroom at its warmest can also stand it at its coldest. 

#3 Winter House Plant Light Preferences 

The light requirements of indoor plants can greatly differ, but because bathrooms typically have windows and plenty of artificial light, you should be able to service most traditional house plant’s individual light needs in different spots in your bathroom.  

#4 Watering Winter House Plants 

One of the convenient perks of growing plants in your bathroom is that they are super easy to water. Simply bring them over to your sink, run an appropriate amount of water over them, let it drain through the bottom of their pot into the sink, and then bring your next plant over.

No need to lug plants from all over the house to a sink, or to bring water to plants around your house. Water and your plants are conveniently close to each other, saving your house from possible messes, and saving you time. 

#5 Winter House Plant Fertilizing 

Growing plants in your bathroom is so super easy-especially in the winter. 

Because it’s not the growing season, and you want to replicate the natural cycle of outdoor plant growth, you don’t need to worry about fertilizing your plant. Let it go dormant, let its growth slow, it will all pay off in the spring and summer. 

#6 Winter House Plant Pruning 

Because your plant won’t be growing that much you also don’t have to worry about pruning it. Of course, before you move your plant inside you may want to clean it up a bit to promote better circulation in and around it. 

#7 Indoor Gardening Bathroom Ideas 

Window Garden 

Put all of your plants in your bathroom window if you have a big enough ledge to store them. Not only will this provide them with better access to light, but it will also look incredible, creating a jungle on your window sill. 

Hanging Pots 

If you don’t have a big enough window sill, hang potted plants from the top of your window using plant hangers. Boho macrame ones or sleek metallic ones look particularly good in bathrooms. Being up high will also give your plant better access to your bathroom’s humidity. 

Zen Bathroom Wall 

This idea is a bit more complex, but the effects of a well-done zen bathroom wall are truly powerful. Using wall garden boxes or even the entirety of one bathroom wall, which you may need to consult some professionals for help with, you can turn your bathroom into a zen sanctuary. 

Best Plants for Bathrooms This Winter

Dracaena 

With gorgeous striped leaves, admirable air-purifying abilities, and low maintenance care requirements, dracaenas are absolutely one of my favorite plants of all time. 

Place your dracaena on your bathroom’s windowsill, in a position with lots of indirect or low light throughout the day. 

Dracaenas are particularly great in bathrooms because they require lots of constant humidity, which other indoor spaces typically don’t have. Providing your dracaena with enough humidity will allow you to avoid the problem of brown leaf tips, which many indoor dracaenas develop from lack of humidity. 

Begonia

Your bathroom will look even more beautiful with a bunch of begonias! These gorgeous blooms do really well when grown indoors, requiring a reprieve from winter weather even if you typically do grow them outside. 

Because begonias thrive in fluorescent light and require daily humidity, they are the perfect house plant to keep in bathrooms. Rest them on a shelf, or hang them from your bathroom’s ceiling so they can really benefit from the humidity and lighting. 

English Ivy 

The perfect hanging plant, English ivy will look elegant hanging from your bathroom’s window, windowsill, or ceiling. It needs only moderate exposure to sunlight, and thrives, growing long bright-green trails in humid spaces. 

It’s one of the top air-purifying plants of all time, which makes it perfect for bathrooms. It will remove feces and mold from the air, improving the air quality and hygiene of your bathroom.

Conclusion 

Growing plants doesn’t have to be an activity solely for the springtime. By having house plants indoors during the winter you can ensure that you get your flora fix year-round. 

I hope you found this list of winter indoor gardening tips helpful. If you did, be sure to share it and comment below with any growing questions you may still have!

About The Author: Helen Lewis is a writer who graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. in English. Her areas of expertise include health topics, gardening, and DIY. When not tip-tapping away on her trusty laptop, you’ll likely find her caring for her house plants, reading by her garden, or hammocking in nature.
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