The bathroom closet Eden
With heated tiles, a drain, humidity-tolerant construction, and the constant heat of the hot water tank, the bathroom closet turned out to be the best place to hang a UV grow lamp to over-winter some tropicals and rejuvenate some succulents. I have the lamp on a timer to give my plants 12 hours of sunshine a day.
The radiating light from the reflection on the white and mirrored surfaces also allows me to grow houseplants on the windowsill, which normally only gets 2-3 hours of natural sunlight a day.
Air filtration is important in environments where a lot of cleaning products are used, so I also have a young Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’) in the dark corner of the shower: this plant is native to hot, moist, shady rainforests, so the shower isn’t that much of a stretch. NASA has rated this plant as one of the best for indoor air quality: finding that it successfully filters benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and ammonia from the air.
It’s nice to have a little corner of the house where there is sunshine, especially as the days get shorter and shorter here up North. When the sun starts setting at 15:00, I think I’ll be spending more time just hanging out in the bathroom.
I use a low-energy “Plug and Grow” CFL lamp and reflector (UK & Europe).