The Popular Houseplant That Takes On Humidity In Bathrooms Without Windows

If you're looking for a way to bring more life into your bathroom that has no windows, there is a houseplant that can handle humid conditions and brighten your space with gorgeous variegated foliage. Arrowhead plants, also known as Syngonium podophyllum, come from rainforests in South and Central America. Because they are accustomed to tropical weather, this plant can thrive in your windowless bathroom due to the extra humidity from the shower. These common houseplants are also sensitive to direct sunlight and though they tend to like bright indirect light the best, arrowhead plants will still grow in areas with low light.

While arrowheads are the perfect plant to spruce up your bathroom decor, you'll want to be careful if you have pets. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, arrowhead plants are toxic to both cats and dogs when ingested. If your pet eats some of the plants, they could experience drooling, swelling of the mouth, trouble swallowing, or vomiting. So be sure to keep the plant out of reach of your furry friends.

How to care for arrowhead plants in a bathroom without windows

Since these plants prefer to live in areas with temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit and high humidity, bathrooms are a great way to simulate their natural environment without having to worry about setting up a humidifier. Though arrowhead plants often have white, green, and pink variegation, conditions with very little light could lessen the variety or intensity of the colors. Arrowheads kept in windowless bathrooms will still grow, but if you're concerned your plant won't get enough light, try leaving your bathroom door open to let in sunlight from other rooms. You could also turn the lights on for a few hours each day to provide your arrowhead with more artificial light.

Arrowheads like to be watered when their soil has become mostly dry, and can grow vines about 15 inches tall. If you'd prefer a smaller, bushier plant, simply trim the stems every so often. While other houseplants may not be able to take on the humid conditions of a windowless bathroom, these vining plants will give your space a fresh look.