Houseplants forum: Indoor bamboo? Etc.

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Name: Deb
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Oct 15, 2016 7:01 PM CST
I just remodeled my bathroom and would like to add a planter next to the corner tub, there is a 4x4 north facing window to provide light, and an overhead fan over the tub that comes on whenever the light is on (so fairly good air circulation). The window also opens at the top and will likely be open whenever anyone showers. I have room for a 16-18" planter and am hoping to plant an evergreen bamboo or horsetail or even some sort of grass - looking for a strong vertical clump. In general, I do poorly with tropical houseplants, not sure why, likely I just don't get into a regular care routine. I'd like to turn that around.

In this same room, I'd also like some sort of hanging plant above the grassy bamboo plant (same general conditions re light and circulation). Maybe a grape ivy?

Finally, over the toilet on the west wall is a niche for another plant. This would get less light but would still benefit from that large north window.

I welcome any ideas and/or tips to keep indoor plants thriving. I'm hoping that with 3 plants in a room that is used daily, I may be better at keeping things alive.
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Name: Gene Staver
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Oct 16, 2016 12:17 AM CST
It seems to me that Bamboo and grasses demand a lot of light. North window doesn't sound like a lot of light. There are many house plants that do not need a lot of light. There is another thread here on low light plants. Perhaps do some reading there. Gene
Name: Will Creed
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Oct 16, 2016 9:17 AM CST
Light is the primary consideration in selecting indoor plants and you have not provided quite enough specific information. For example, is the window glass frosted or plain? Is the window all or partially covered during the day? How far from the window do you want to locate the plants and is there anything between that location and the window. All of these factors can make a big difference in how much light is available. As Gene indicated, at best the north window will provide low light.

Humidity and air circulation are not important considerations in plant selection.

A couple of moderately hardy low light plants come to mind for your consideration: ZZ Plant, Snake Plant and Pothos.
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Name: Laurie Basler
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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Oct 16, 2016 9:24 PM CST
Could this be something to try: Umbrella papyrus (Cyperus alternifolius) if you do not find a suitable bamboo. Your remodel sounds amazing, Deb.
Name: Sally
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Oct 16, 2016 9:27 PM CST
Snake plant would give you strong vertical.
How about lucky bamboo (Dracaena braunii) for another vertical? Grew well for me in office setting. Gradually gets taller.
The niche by the toilet may be too dark- despite the window.
I envy you window in the bath- always wanted to have plants to benefit from the humidity, but no windows.
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