Not just ferns: beyond fashions, here are three plants suitable for the bathroom, an environment that can become hot and humid.
Sometimes you don’t think about it because the environment is small or not very bright, but some plants suitable for the bathroom can transform it with a green touch.
There are not a few plants suitable for the bathroom, that is the species that well withstand the climatic conditions that characterize this environment. The secret is to choose those with similar needs: constant and not cold temperatures, high humidity, diffused, and not direct light. Ferns are all the rage. Caladium is a classic; an unusual option is Clorophitum green orange
Ferns, a welcome return
Very popular in the 1970s, then forgotten, today they live a moment of new grace.
The bathroom is undoubtedly the one that best recreates their natural habitat. However, they should be placed in position with diffused light but never direct: in fact, the sun makes them gradually ruining them, and too much fire leads to a general discoloration that should not be underestimated.
Only in the semi-shaded position they develop and maintain intact and healthy leaves over time. In summer or with radiators turned on they get wet every three days. The advice, rarely followed but able to make the difference between a healthy and a luxuriant fern, is to spray every three days during the summer or in a heated house; on fresh premises, it is enough once a week.
Suspend the nebulizations at temperatures below 15 ° C. Indoor ferns grow vigorously in a rather narrow constant temperature range of 21 to 24 ° C.
The minimum temperature supported without damage is 12 ° C.
They are good for your health. It seems that the ferns, in addition to being decorative, have anti-pollution properties. In particular, they act against formaldehyde, xylene, and other volatile organic compounds.
Caladium bicolor, in full light
Originally from Brazil, Guyana, and the West Indies, it is a polymorphous plant, with ovate-tested leaves, long petiolate.
The green, white, and red colors, in all its shades, combine differently, from the pure to the end speckling, to the ribs in contrast with the background color. The caladium needs a lot of light, but being typical of tropical environments, it shuns the direct sun that, in a short time, ruins the leaves by burning them up to make them crumple and dry.
The more light it has, the higher the contrast of colors.
The recommended technique of wetting to keep it healthy and lush over time is the immersion of the jar.
Simple practice as long as it is small, more challenging with tufts of more plants, both for weight and size. It is advisable to prepare the water inside a container more significant than the filled vessel for a third. Always be very careful when handling it because the leaves, stems, and foil break very easily.
The ideal temperature is in the range between 16 and 18 ° C. Below 16 ° C, it ceases to produce new leaves, and the already existing ones do not grow, above 24 ° C, it begins to suffer, especially in the presence of dry air.
Clorophytum Green Orange, with large leaves
Little known, but already available on the market since April 2004, is a registered trademark plant produced by the Dutch Best Plant.
It has large green leaves supported by a long stem (about 10 cm) fleshy and bright orange concave. The leaf verge itself reaches 30 cm in length and 10 in width.
The leaves are born one inside the other, rolled up and all orange, like a funnel. It is easy to maintain because it is a plant with an underground stem that acts as a reserve organ and accumulates nutrients.
It must never be placed in full sun, and it is always good to put it in a bright but sheltered position: next to and not in front of a window. It grows well at room temperature, as long as it does not fall below 10 ° C.
At lower temperatures, it can only last a short time without damage. Every three days, a moderate quantity of non-cold and non-calcareous water is given without ever allowing it to dry.