There are times when you can’t seem to find enough light for your precious houseplants. Maybe you have few windows in your home. Many of us live in apartments, and light can be very hard to come. There are house plants that love the shade and thrive best in dimly lit spaces. These low light house plants are easy to acquire.
Low Light House Plants
Light or no light, there is no reason to lose the battle in your quest to green up your homes. These plants are perfect for offices where there just isn’t enough direct sunlight. These plants will grow lushly and beautifully in your interior spaces, lighten and brighten up your surroundings. These are 14 house plants that will grow excellently in low light. There are more than enough low light house plants to choose.
These shade loving plants are perfect for places where there is little to no sunlight. They will grow perfectly in only fluorescent lit rooms, where there is no sunlight at all. They are botanically known as spathiphyllum and aren’t lilies despite their name. It comes with an added advantage. Because they are not lilies, they are not as harmful to your pets and children that may swallow the peace lily. It is also easy to tell when they need watering because their leaves droop. And when you expose them to too much sunlight, they develop yellowish freckles.
These low light house plants are also known as the Wizard Mix. This peculiar name may seem perplexing until you grow them. They come in many different colors. Buy a few seeds and you’d end up having plants with many different leaf colors. Some may have lime green leaves whiles others have pink leaves, with others having yellow leaves and crimson leaves. Coleuses are perfect for indoor living and love to be in the shades. They are botanically known as solenostemon scutellarioides.
Snake Plant (Mother-In-Law’s Tongue)
These striking plants are also known as golden hahnii. They are succulent, meaning they have high water content like a cactus. They have the sword like leaves which are beautiful. These plants are known to improve indoor air quality (another reason to own one). They grow up to anywhere between 2 and 4 feet. As a succulent plant, the snake plant hates excessive watering. I wonder why we call it the mother-in-law plant. The botanical name of this plant is sansevleria trifasclata.
This plant is a very attractive plant. You can neglect it for long stretches of time, and it will still look great. It is an exceptionally unchallenging house plant with beautiful leaves which are green, with red and yellow vines. At night, these unusual plants will roll up their leaves as if to say a prayer hence its name. In the morning the prayer plant will unroll its leaves, and show the world its splendor. These plants are also known as erythroneura, and their botanical name is maranta leuconeura.
Cast Iron Plant
The name of this plant captures its personality perfectly. Although the cast iron plant grows very well in bright sunlight, this plant can grow perfectly well in rooms without any sunlight. They do not require excessive watering and over watering can harm this plant. So neglectful gardeners (which I am sure none of you are) will love this sweet plant. It is one of the most undemanding house plant and ideal for novice indoor gardeners. Its botanical name is aspidistra elatior.
Regarding independence as a potted plant, the corn plant is high on the scale. You can leave it alone for prolonged periods, and still, it will grow beautifully. Although the Corn plant loves bright sunlight, it will grow correctly in a limited light as well. This plant is slow growing, and it will stand out in a large room. It is a striking and beautiful indoor plant. The corn plant doesn’t like to be over watered, or left in the sun for too long or left sitting in an environment which is cold for too long, such as outside during winter. It is botanically known as the dracaena fragnas. Corn plants are excellent low light house plants and look good in office spaces.
This dracaena is the survivalist of indoor pot plants. Killing this plant is tough. Even the most novices of gardeners can easily handle the dragon tree. Although they love sunlight, the dragon tree can grow in low light. There are occasions when people neglect these plants for very long, and they look dead. But after a little nursing, they come back looking fabulous and brand new. The dragon tree does not like watering, though. The botanical name of the dragon tree is dracaena marginata.
Lucky Bamboo Plant
This indoor plant is very popular among potted plants lovers. It is because they are easy to grow and are very undemanding, not to mention they are very nice to look. The lucky bamboo originates from West Africa (regions such as Ghana, Togo, among others), where they can grow as high as 5 feet. However, they can grow up between 2 to 4 feet tall. The lucky bamboo will thrive under indirect sunlight or indoors lights. They are, therefore, good low light house plants. They are botanically known as dracaena braunii.
The Spider Plant
The Spider plant is a very popular house plant, which you can find almost everywhere. They are easy to grow and require a moderate amount of light. When neglected, its leaves will tend to look very untidy. When planted in a hanging basket, they look very lovely. Most of you have seen this plant in a hanging basket. Botanically they are called chlorophytum comosum.
This plant will thrive in low light, medium light and bright light, as far as you do not overwater it. It is very easy to care this plant and can take neglect. New gardeners should try out the ZZ plant. It gets its name from its botanical name – zamioculcas zamiifolia. This beautiful plant looks like a little tree. The ZZ plants are great low light house plants.
The Chinese Evergreen
The Chinese evergreen is an easy plant to look after. It has a long lifespan. Its leaves are variegated – a mixture of green and silver. They thrive in average room temperatures and do well in low light. The Chinese evergreen does not like to be over watering. However, when watering make sure you drench the potting mix in water. During the colder seasons, such as winter, you should water them sparsely since they retain more water due to the cold weather. It typically grows up to heights of a foot and will sprout a flower during summertime. They are botanically known as aglaonema and native to Asia.
These low light house plants thrive well in a dry environment. They prefer average indoors temperature and therefore will do well in most homes. They do not like over watering. Water them on regular intervals when the soil is dry. During the winter, you should water them less, since they will retain more water. They are botanically known as dieffenbachia amoena and are poisonous. It is best to keep them out of the reach of children and pets.
The Philodendron Xanadu
This plant is part of the Philodendron family, they are poisonous in nature. These plants are native to Brazil. You can commonly use them as landscape plants but can grow very well indoors. Some can grow as high as 4 feet, although most of them do not grow that tall in cool temperatures, making them superb potted indoors plant. They typically grow up to about a foot in height indoors. You should allow the top of the potting mix to dry before watering the Philodendron Xanadu. When over over-watering or under-watering the leaves may droop. Although, you can easily correct it as they have no lasting effect on the plant. These low light house plants are perfect for your homes and workplaces.
The Wandering Jew
This beautiful plant has many names which include the silvery Inch plant and the zebra plant. They have green, violet and silver colored leaves. These leaves make it a charming plant to have in your indoor garden. The Wandering Jew loves indirect but bright sunlight and can grow in low light. However, if the lights are too dim the marking on them may fade away. When watering, try not to water the crown as this may cause the plant to rot (which isn’t a pleasant sight). There are many varieties of the Wandering Jew such as tradescantia zebrina also known as the zebra plant. It has strips of white and green hence its name. The shade loving tradescantia fluminensis, which is native to parts of South America and Central America. And the tradescantia pallida which have purple leaves and white, pink or even violet flowers. These indoor plants are stunning.
Now you know there are house plants that can grow in low light, you can go out and get yourself some seeds and seedlings, and start growing.