Will My Jade Plant Survive in a Bathroom?


Bathroom with window and ledge. Several plants are sitting on the ledge.

Jade plants are adorable succulents with tree-like stems and thick, glossy leaves. They’re native to the sands of Africa.

Overall, jade plants are easy to care for. They’re fairly hardy and can take some stress. But, because they’re succulents, you need to take care with humidity levels. 

Given this, you may be wondering whether a bathroom is a good spot for your jade plant.

A jade plant can survive in a bathroom setting. However, certain conditions need to be in place. Primarily, you must monitor humidity levels and lighting closely in order for your plant to live.

In this post, we’ll dive into jade plants and bathrooms, and learn how you can ensure your jade plant will survive in this setting.

Can a Jade Plant Survive in a Bathroom?

Although jade plants are tough and can take a little stress, in a bathroom humidity can be a problem. This is a top area to keep a close eye on. 

Larger bathrooms, or guest bathrooms with no or little shower use, are better suited for this type of plant.

Whereas, small, dark bathrooms with poor ventilation aren’t a good match for a jade plant.

What if the Bathroom Has No Window?

It will be difficult for a jade plant to thrive in a bathroom with no window.

A jade plant needs at least 4 to 6 hours of bright, indirect light daily.

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If your bathroom doesn’t have a window, then you must use a grow light to ensure that your plant is getting enough light.

Best Practices for a Jade Plant in a Bathroom

1. Place your jade plant where it will receive the lowest amount of humidity. In other words, don’t sit your plant next to a shower or faucet. These spots can create too much moisture.

2. Don’t place your jade plant close to radiators or heat vents where it may be subject to temperature fluctuations or drafts.

3. Keep your exhaust fan on or open the window (if available), while showering. This will help reduce humidity.

4. When putting a jade plant in a bathroom, closely monitor and adjust your watering schedule based on your plant’s needs. Failing to monitor this can result in you overwatering your jade plant.

5. Plan to water less and keep the soil dryer than usual. This is because, no matter the design, your bathroom will have extra humidity and your plant will absorb that moisture from the air.

6. Don’t spray cleaning solutions in or around your plant.

If you’d like to learn more about jade plant care, take a look at my beginner’s guide you’ll find it helpful.

Ideal Spots for a Jade Plant

Although a jade plant can survive in a bathroom, overall, it’s not the best room for this plant. Especially if you don’t have the right conditions.

Not only that, according to feng shui, a bathroom is too closed off for a jade plant. 

Furthermore, this plant is said to bring luck and prosperity. But, when in a bathroom, that luck can be flushed down the drain or toilet.

Living rooms, dining rooms, and offices are better locations for your jade plant.  Especially if placed in the southeast corner of a room or your home.  

Another good spot for a jade plant is inside your foyer or beside your front door.  When placed here, it’s said to attract positive chi. 

To learn more about where to locate your jade plant, take a look at the article I wrote on the subject.

Good Plants for a Bathroom

Although jade plants may not be ideal bathroom companions, other plants are. When picking a plant for your bathroom, look for one that tolerates lower light, higher humidity, and warmer temperatures.

Tropical plants

As the name suggests, tropicals like steamier, moister environments.  Many will do well in a bathroom setting.  Here are a few.

1. Ferns – ferns thrive on humidity and love the shade. They’ll also handle temperature fluctuations.

2. Spider Plant – spider plants can tolerate low light, but they’ll do better in a brighter bathroom. They’re a great hanging plant that likes humidity.

3. Peace Lilly peace lilies love humidity. They’re perfect for sitting next to a steamy shower. They’ll easily tolerate lower light but they’ll bloom better with higher light levels.

Succulents

Most succulents or cacti won’t tolerate a bathroom setting well.  Bathrooms are too moist for these arid plants.  But, if you have your heart set on a succulent or cacti, here are three you can test in your bathroom.

1. Snake Plant. This hardy plant is almost indestructible. Not only can it take lower light, but it will need minimal watering since it can absorb moisture from the air.

2. Fishbone Cactus – These cute plants are native to tropical rainforests. They like a moister environment and indirect sunlight. But, don’t keep them sitting in a dark room all day.

3. Aloe Vera – like the fishbone, aloe vera can also tolerate more humidity. However, keep watering to a minimum because it will absorb moisture from the air. And, an aloe vera will do much better nearer a light source.

Final Thoughts

  • A jade plant can survive in a bathroom under certain conditions, but this is not an ideal location.
  • Don’t place your jade plant near a faucet or shower.
  • Make sure your jade plant has a light source from either a window or grow light.
  • Monitor watering closely.
  • Better locations for jade plants are living or dining areas, and offices.

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Angela

Hi! My name is Angela Carr. I started this site to share my love for plants and gardening. My aim is to provide my readers with easy tips and tricks on plant care, fun facts, and encouragement for the new plant owner or anyone questioning the colour of their thumb!

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