11 of the best bathroom plants

Humidity describes the amount of moisture in the air. If this is too high or too low, then we can run into problems. 

Low humidity has been linked to the spread of viruses and bacteria, while high humidity in our homes can lead to a number of problems such as damp/mould, dry skin, headaches, and respiratory problems. 

However, plants can help to regulate humidity levels and create cleaner, fresher air…

The reason for this is that most plants are natural dehumidifiers. When there is more water in the surrounding air than in the leaves, the ‘stomata’ in the leaves open to absorb humidity. This also works in reverse – so when a plant’s leaves hold more water than the surrounding air, the leaves will ‘transpire’ to release moisture.

Some plants (mostly leafier, tropical plants which live in rainforest conditions) are more efficient at balancing water absorption and transpiration. This is because as fast as they lose water through transpiration, the humidity in the air allows them to absorb some of that moisture back.

On the other hand, plants that live in hot, dry conditions with little rainfall (such as cacti) tend to have no or fewer leaves, and store water in their stems to help them survive. Therefore, they transpire less and are less effective at absorbing moisture from the air.

Plants that are better adapted to warm, moist conditions will usually thrive in a bathroom environment, whereas plants which are used to hot, dry conditions may suffer (with root rot and fungal problems being common issues).

Author: wpadmin

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