7 Houseplants That Thrive in High Humidity

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7 Houseplants That Thrive in High Humidity

Are there any houseplants that specifically thrive in high humidity situations? I would like to add some foliage to my kitchen and bathroom, but I don’t want the plant to have an adverse reaction to the steam and moisture. What plants should I specifically be looking to house in my bathroom that would enjoy the steamy showers? Let look at a list of these high humidity loving plants!

Many plants enjoy high humidity situations. Think of all of the gorgeous plants and flowers in the rainforests. Most tropical plants really enjoy and thrive in high humidity areas, like bathrooms and kitchens.

7 Houseplants That Thrive in High Humidity are:

  • Ferns
  • African Violets
  • Peace Lily
  • Calathea
  • Golden Pothos
  • Anthurium
  • Orchids

High humidity houseplants can range from very low maintenance plants that rarely need any care outside of watering, to some trickier to grow varieties that require a lot of upkeep. Below is a list of 7 well-known houseplants that love to be in high humidity areas, and are sure to thrive in your high humidity rooms.


Most ferns truly love to be placed in a high humidity area and will thrive in such environments. A few particular ferns include the Boston Fern, otherwise known as the Sword Fern, The Birds Nest Fern, and Staghorn Fern.

These are ferns that are native to South America, Africa, Mexico, and Florida. They can tolerate drought for short periods, such as forgetting to water them before you go on vacation, but they truly thrive when they are in a humid setting, and watered regularly.

Ferns also tend to thrive when you mist the plant with water, as well as keeping the soil moist.

Placing a fern in your bath can be a beautiful and low maintenance way to add foliage to a prime location for a tropical plant.

Consider a rectangular planter that can be placed on the back of the toilet, or on your vanity top behind the faucet, either of which would be a space-saving solution to adding a pretty upgrade to your bath.

There are also hanging planters to consider when you are placing ferns, as most fern varieties will grow long, lush leaves that have the tendency to look viney, and will really fill out and beautify an area when placed in a hanging planter.

African Violets

African Violets Thriving High Humidity

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Native plants to Eastern Africa, they are called African Violets because the flowers resemble those of a Violet. These tropical plants are perfect for window box planters.

They need to have continuously moist soil in order to thrive and will do well with a good deal of indirect sunlight.

Although African Violets are relatively low maintenance, placing them in your kitchen window box is definitely ideal because you don’t want to skip watering the African Violet.

They have beautiful flowers and will add a vibrant and pretty look to a window display. They are also good houseplants for grouping, as they aren’t very bushy, but are still a hearty plant.

Peace Lily

Although the Peace Lily plant can survive on once per week watering, they enjoy being in humid climates. The Peace Lily can also be tolerant of low light situations, making them one of the easier to care for on this list.

The Peace Lily is a great addition to any room because of its’ ability to clean indoor air of contaminants.

Peace Lily plants have been a staple in bucket planters for quite some time, and when they bloom, they are a beautiful addition to any room. However, even when they don’t actively have blooms, they are still a lush and green addition to your home.

The air purification bonus of having a Peace Lily indoor a staple to many homes. Also, they are quite easy to prune, as they have a stalk type stem that will turn hard and reedlike when it is no longer actively growing and needs to be clipped back. Once the stem has become brown and hard, you can simply pull it from the soil.


Calathea Houseplants With Purple Leaves

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The Calathea plant also needs to be in indirect lighting and is a slow-growing plant. However, it is most well known for its’ dark green leaves with scalloped edges, and the undergrowth is burgundy. It makes for a very thick, pretty addition to any room, but will definitely enjoy being placed in your bathroom.

Because of the slow growth of the Calathea plant, it is ideal for plant grouping, as you could house several Calathea plants in one large planter for a substantial amount of time.

You would want to ensure that the pot was large enough not to restrict its’ growth, though, because when your Calathea plant decides to grow, you certainly don’t want to do anything to stop it.

The thick undergrowth may make it somewhat difficult to sort out for repotting, so you will want to take extra care in separating the plants in order to repot them.

They make great bathroom plants because they are so full and lush, it almost looks like an artificial plant when it has matured.

Golden Pothos

The Golden Pothos is a pretty, vining plant that will do well in all indirect light as long as the soil is kept moist. The Golden Pothos plant, otherwise known as Devils Ivy, is an easy to maintain houseplant that is also very easy to reproduce.

The Golden Pothos can grow from pretty much any clipping taken, from leaves to roots, and is one of the easiest tropical houseplants to care for.

Other than easily reproducing the Golden Pothos, you also have the low maintenance benefits of needing moist soil and indirect sunlight and essentially not much else.

The Golden Pothos is an ideal houseplant for a beginning grower but has been a favorite to seasoned green thumbs for many years.


Anthurium Flamingo Lily Flowering

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This waxy houseplant has pretty, heart looking flowers. Anthurium needs bright, indirect sunlight, and should never be anywhere under 55 degrees. Anthurium will tell you if you are watering it correctly with its’ leaves.

If the leaf tips turn yellow, it is getting too much water. If the leaf tips turn brown, the plant is too dry.

Because of the waxy appearance of the Anthurium, it is often mistaken for an artificial plant. It makes a great bathroom planter houseplant because of its’ need for a warmer environment, but it would need to often be rotated to an indirect sunlight source unless you have skylights in your bath.

The flowers are beautiful when the Anthurium is in bloom, and it makes a pretty addition anywhere in the home.


Orchids are for the more experienced houseplant caregiver, as they can be much more tricky than some of the other tropical plants. Some Orchids are easier to care for than others, but they are much more delicate than some of your hearty, potted plants.

Specialty varieties can be very expensive, so you’ll want to bone up on Orchid care prior to purchasing an Orchid.

There are a variety of specialty soils, fertilizers, and plant food for Orchids. However, depending on the Orchid variety, the made for Orchid mixes may not be the right fit for your Orchid.

You will want to ensure that the Orchid care materials you are purchasing and using are made for the type of Orchid you have. Although the Orchid can be a difficult and higher maintenance houseplant, they are also one of the most beautiful and fragrant of the tropical houseplants and are definitely worth the upkeep once your Orchid is in bloom.

How to provide a humid environment for a tropical houseplant

There are several ways to provide adequate humidity for high humidity and tropical houseplants. If you find your home is still too arid for your tropical plants, you may need to combine one or more of these methods in order to keep your plants thriving, especially during the winter where central heat can threaten the livelihood of your high humidity houseplants.

You also want to ensure that you aren’t giving your plants' too much moisture by having a very steamy and humid environment, such as an enclosed room with a humidifier, along with regular watering.

If there is any standing water in your plants' soil, it is getting too much moisture.

Just as an arid environment and dry soil will harm your high humidity houseplants, so will too much moisture. Think of them as rainforest plants. In the rainforest, the plants are used to getting the run-off moisture from the trees.

They typically don’t see much direct moisture, because the leafy canopy of the trees provides an umbrella of sorts for them. They see the replenishment once the water has run off of the trees and moistened the soil they are growing in.

They also get a light mist that filters through the tree canopy. This is the type of moisture that you want to try to give these tropical houseplants to the best of your ability. Humidifiers are really an ideal choice for doing so.

However, using one or more of the suggestions for creating moisture-rich environments listed here will certainly help you grow beautiful, healthy tropical houseplants that will thrive for long periods of time under the correct care.

In addition to regular pruning, and repotting as the variety specifics call for, try to follow some of the moisture-enhancing tips provided below.


Try using a portable humidifier to increase the moisture in your home. You can pick up a small portable unit for a very reasonable price, and it will keep an entire room of tropical plants hydrated.

There are also humidifiers that attach to your furnace, which can be a little more costly. Either way, adding a humidifier to your home is a sure way to keep high humidity houseplants well hydrated, even in the winter months while using central heat in your home.

Plant Grouping

If you plant several houseplants together in a large pot, it will act as a mini rainforest. The plants that lose water have that moisture picked up by another plant near it, which will absorb that lost moisture.

They need to close them very close to one another to accomplish this, so it works best with a large ceramic planter and some younger, smaller houseplants.

However, even some of your more mature houseplants can benefit from plant grouping by being housed in a smaller, tighter area.

Double Potting

By placing a smaller pot into a larger planter pot, with a layer of peat moss in between the two pots, you can retain a great deal of moisture for your houseplants.

The peat most will act as a moisture retainment wall and will ensure your tropical houseplants aren’t losing their moisture to the environment.

Misting Houseplants

Although this is the easiest answer to keeping your houseplants moist, it is also the least effective choice. Misting the leaves of your plants can prevent it from losing as much moisture, but this is a very short term solution to the issue.

Misting your houseplants should be a method used in conjunction with other moisture solutions in an effort to keep your tropical houseplants happy and hydrated.

Placement In Baths and Kitchens

Your kitchen and bathroom have a natural element that tropical houseplants absolutely adore. That is steam. The steam from your shower, dishwasher, and kitchen sprayer can make for a very happy and healthy indoor tropical plant.

You’ll find that placing a tropical plant in your bathroom can revive it quickly if you forget to water it, and it begins to show signs of wilt due to dehydration.

Also, the moisture from your bathroom will help to keep those lush, green tropical plants looking full and beautiful, and help them to withstand the drying effects of central heat in a winter home.

In your kitchen planter boxes, you’ll find that you have an easier time remembering to water your houseplants, because you’re frequently eying the plant, and it’s usually while you’re using your kitchen sprayer.

In addition to that houseplant soaking up all of the hot steam from your dishwater, it is getting a lot of indirect sunlight and cares just being in the proximity of your kitchen sink.

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