Maintaining a bathroom garden

I had a few thoughts this week about some of the upgrades to my garden. I came to the realisation that bathroom renovations do not have to be about knocking down walls and patiently laying down endless designer tiles. Some cheap spring bulbs breathe life into your bathroom for a fraction of the cost of more involved alterations.

There is an art to crafting the perfect bathroom garden. You need to select plants which complement each other as well as your existing decor. Even more importantly, you need to choose plants which are suited to the bathroom environment. Flowers normally grown in tropical regions can do quite well in a bathroom setting with all of its humidity. Depending on the layout of your bathroom, you may have more flexibility in choosing plants. Bathrooms with plenty of natural light and air flow will accommodate many plants which you may think could only survive outside.

Daffodils are a favourite among indoor gardening enthusiasts. They are simple to grow, and are prized for their beauty. However, are they suitable for your bathroom garden?

Surprisingly, the humid environment of a frequently used bathroom is conducive to the fast growth of daffodils. The brightly coloured flowers are actually best stored in highly humid conditions. However, they do require a cool room for best results, so limit your hot showers to less than 5 minutes at a time. You’ll want to leave your exhaust fan to stop the room getting too steamy and wilting the flowers. 

Daffodils are grown from a bulb, so you will not get your splash of colour immediately. It is more of a waiting game, though they will shoot up quickly in a cool bathroom environment. Remember to put them somewhere with indirect sunlight; near a window or even a skylight is suitable. Despite your bathroom garden being surrounded by humidity, regular watering remains a necessity. I recommend watering your daffodils daily as growing flowers require plenty of water to reach their full potential.