My new home has a bathroom with no daylight at all, and I have very
little experience with house plants.
Can anyone recommend a plant that would survive or even thrive with
just artificial light? And would I need to get a special light? HELP!,
my bathroom looks really forlorn with no (other) life in it.
Don't even think about growing plants in the dark.
A bathroom is a bathroom and it can't possible look forlorn nor show any
If you really must, get flowered wall paper or hang a picture of a plant in
Ignore these people. Yes, you can grow plants without natural ligh
(just think of commercial cannabis growers). Bathrooms usually hav
higher humidity than other rooms in the house and most houseplants wil
flourish . Yes, you need special lights (ordinary lightbulbs offer to
much heat and not enough light for plants). Use a fluorescent strip o
bulb (I don't know about the wattage to use/distance it has to be fro
the plants, but I'm sure you can find this out elsewhere on th
web/this forum). Put it on a timer so the plants get light for se
number of hours. The problem is that the fluorescent light might no
create a very welcoming ambiance in your bathroom, but who cares, whe
you'll have beautiful plants to look at
The point about humidity is well made. Most people who have bad luck with
houseplants & feel like no matter how they try they have a "black thumb,"
the culprit is actually the low humidity inside houses which suits hardly
anything but succulents. Plants in the bathroom would have a much easier
time of it.
Grow-lights might be harsh & weird for human comfort, and full-spectrum
lighting might be given a try because it can be comfy for plants & people
alike, though it needs to be either a larger tube OR left on longer to
equal the same amount of UV as a grow light.
I've thought of turning the rarely-used second bath tubs into a glassed-in
jungle for tropical plants & Jackson's chameleons -- only thought of it, I
-paghat the ratgirl
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IME if you're depending on artificial light in an occupied room you want
to use plants that have low light requirements. Yes, you can provide
enough light for most plants artificially, but it may be uncomfortable
to spend any amount of time in the same room. Most "house plants" are
comfortable with fairly low light levels.
Humidity gets high occasionally in a bathroom, but most people don't use
the shower (the main cause of humidity there) more than once a day. The
rest of the time the humidity is pretty close to the rest of the house
unless you leave the door completely closed. Even then, the room is not
airtight (presumably), so the humidity will decrease when the room is
not in use.
Providing additional humidity in the house is really a good idea during
the winter, and not just for the plants. Heating the house can really
drive down the humidity to the point where it affects human health
If you used sliding glass doors, maybe you could install a shower head
and put the plants at the far end of the tub. How many people can take a
shower in a jungle? I assume the chameleons would stay around the plants
so you wouldn't be stepping on them?
Okay, everybody who has stumbled into the shower early in the morning and
grabbed an oddly shaped piece of soap and screamed like a little girl after
lathering up with what turned out to be a sleeping chameleon, raise your
I have seen marketed various plant lights designed for just one plant-
setting up quite a nice focal point.
I found one on Ebay http://tinyurl.com/6o6rc .
Other links of interest on this topic:
You're not going to leave the bathroom light on all the time, surely?
It's probably on some kind of sensor to switch on and off as people
enter and leave so the room, maybe two hours of light in 24, not enough
for any plant. Get a silk or plastic one.
The OP could put a specialty light on a timer to give an 8-10 Hour
photo period... but with the "not much experience with plants"
comment, I think i'm with the folks who recommend plastic. (silk
is harder to wash and with high humidity, I expect the plants
will need cleaning once a month.)
Ich habe keine Ahnung was das bedeutet, oder vielleicht doch?
On Tue, 08 Mar 2005 05:19:25 -0800, ollysugar wrote:
I would suggest that you look into a solar tube.
These generally cost under 500.00 to buy and install. This will add nice
value to your home, add natural light to your bathroom and allow you to
have a house plant or two.. ;0)
Part of an article I clipped from a local paper about house plants
that need less light.
Aglaonema, Dracaena, Nephthytis, Pothos, Snake Plant, Spathiphyllum.
They need some light and I hope you success in working that out. You
might try alternating plants with better lighting locations as well as
adding a grow light for the plant you choose.
I've grown Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig Compacta' in salamander tanks
for thirty years. The humidity is always 100% & the roots are always
submerged & they LOVE it. I started with one plant way-back-when & have
never had to buy another, as it spreads like mad in wet gravel & no
drainage at all, with no actual soil, & fertilized by nothing but
salamander poo (with a bacter-based filter system that cycles water
through the gravel, so that the broken-down salamander poo makes great
plant food). The only problem is having to cut them back every few months
they do so well, & when they are about five years old the plants are so
thick & woody they're difficult to trim back effectively for a small
vivarium, so have to be replaced by their own clipped tips, which root
with 100% reliability.
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That's too bad. That plant name is completely invalid. (Not to mention
Its correct name is Dracaena fragrans 'Compacta'.
Growing stunted in a salamander tank is hardly a plant "loving it". It
should grow up into a large shrub not spread.
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