Growing houseplants provide a soothing atmosphere indoors. If you want to decorate the interior of your house houseplants could be an option. You can even grow them in places where there Is little sunlight. If you have a low-light area in your home, which I am sure you would have, then here are the 25 Best Low Light Houseplants that you can use to decorate your place.
These plants do not need much care but watering is still needed within a few days.
Moreover, according to a study surrounding yourself with greenery helps in reducing anxiety, and stress and makes us feel relaxed.
While growing indoors, there is an issue with sunlight. But these 25 low-light houseplants can grow well indoors in low light or in places far from window sills.
Though many varieties of the plants will grow slowly indoors as compared to growing them outdoors. Also they will not bloom as it requires 6 to 8 hours of sunlight daily in order to get the flowers.
The plants that I am going to describe here have these 5 common traits.
- Dark Green Leaves
- Water requirements more during the growing season as compared to winter seasons.
- Seldom flower blooms, due to low-light condition
- These plants are not easily prone to pests and diseases. Provided you choose a container with a drainage hole in it.
- The plants included in the list mostly propagated by the method of division or cutting, which makes easy to add to your collection.
Best Low Light Houseplants
Pilea cadierie, is an evergreen perennial which means it remains green throughout the year. The silver patches on its green leaves highlight the metallic aspect of this plant. You can use it as a tabletop to decorate a specific place. Use a soil-based mixture for growing aluminum plants.
This plant loves humidity. So you can place them on a tray filled with pebbles containing water beneath. The ideal room temperature is 60 to 75 degrees F.
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This plant got its name from the leaves. As the leaves get mature they become longer and more arrow-headed. You can choose a dwarf 12-inch variety for table tops and windows and the other one full-sized up to 6 feet if looking for an arrowhead vine.
Grow your arrowheads in a porous potting mixture with a little more humidity close to 50 percent. You can use a humidifier for increasing the humidity artifcially in the surrounding. Feed the plant with fertilizer every month with liquid fertilizer as per the product description.
Pilea microphylla is commonly known as an artillery plant. This plant is famous for its tiny green leaves. This plant can be easily grown in pots and containers with less effort.
Place the pot on a bookshelf, square-edged table, or underneath taller specimens to add texture and interest.
Fertilize the plant once in spring with granular houseplant fertilizer and again in summer.
Broadleaf Lady Plant
Lady Palm or Raphis Excelsa is another best low-light houseplant that is considered while growing indoors. This plant is perfect for the interior completed with leather work. Slender woody stalks topped with fan-like spiky leaves produces a rustle sound when you walk past.
They seldom bloom with small white flowers that are speculating. With regular indoor temperature, moderate humidity, organically rich growing medium, and frequent watering, the plant of lady’s palm will thrive for many years.
Calathea Zebra Plant
Calathea zebrina or Calathea Zebra Plant proves to be a bold attraction for the visitors. The contrasting stripes of green over the leaves make it look more beautiful and interesting.
This plant is known as the prayer plant. As its leaves close during the evening and resemble the shape of joining hands similarly while praying. Grow zebra plants in organically rich soil with increased humidity in the surrounding.
Aspidistra elatior or Cast Iron Plant lives up to its name. This plant is especially best for offices, that doesn’t receive much light. This plant grows well in peat potting mixture. This plant can grow in the darkest corners of the home indoors.
In fact, direct sunlight can burn the leaves of the plant. So, it’s better to grow them in shades or low-light areas. Even moisture is best. But too much watering can make the root rot. Also, this plant is non-toxic to pets.
Aglaonema spp or Chinese Evergreen has elliptical and glossy leaves that fit best while growing indoors. This plant is perfect for the dimly lit entry hall. The maximum height up to which this plant can grow is 18-Inches.
The varieties of Chinese Evergreen plant thrives best in the moist and organically rich growing medium. Make sure to fertilize the plant during the growing season and water the plant just before the pot dries out.
Dracaena Spp. or Dracaena plant has narrow leaves that maybe green, red, yellow or variegated. you can find an array of plants under Dracaena Umbrella.
This Plant grows slowly and like to grow in an Organically rich potting medium. It prefers bright indirect sunlight similar to other houseplants. But this plant tolerates low light placements as well.
With its white marbling on vivid green leaves, this plant is ready to make bold statements about the location.
Moreover, this plant should be grown with caution as it is poisonous to humans and pets. You would be amazed to know that it can reach upto 10 feet in height.
Keep the pot or container moist always. It grows best in organically rich soil. Don’t oversaturate the container with water. Also, never let the container or pot completely dries out.
This plant is also known as Common Ivy. It is one of the fast-growing plants that people love to grow indoors. English Ivy comes in various green colors. It has triangular leaves with marked veins on it.
The Plant English Ivy is very easy to grow. It grows fast and does well in cool rooms. even beginners can easily grow English ivy on their own, provided the growing medium never dries out. The best practice is to choose a large container for growing English Ivy. Otherwise, you would have to change the container as it grows.
This is a shrub-like rainforest tree. Also, this tree grows very slowly. The leaves of this tree are narrowed and toothed. It is safe to grow this plant indoors as it is non-toxic to pets and humans.
In the first few years it would be mesmerizing to have a look at a table-top mini-tree. But you should be prepared for the growth of this tree as it can grow up to 8 feet. Grow this plant in the organically rich, evenly moistened growing medium. And fertilize the plant during the growing season.
Recently in 2020, it becomes a popular indoor houseplant as it gets featured in various interior decor magazines. Once they get set in the soil they are easy to grow. Fiddle-leaf fig is a beautiful plant as it has big, glossy, dark green leaves.
Do not disturb the plant too often. By disturbing I mean to say that do not change the location of the pot too often. Use a pot and growing medium that drains well. Avoid overwatering in the plant as it may lead to root rot. This plant do well in low light areas.
An interesting fact about fishtail palm is that irrespective of being grown indoors, it still produces flowers and fruits. Whereas most tropical houseplants are not able to produce flowers in the absence of direct sunlight.
The red berries of fishtail palm are toxic to humans and pets. It can cause skin irritation if ingested.
This plant needs moist roots and regular watering to grow well. In my opinion, consider growing this plant indoors only if you do not have pets or children.
There is various pothos available in the markets. Pothos are commonly grown indoor houseplants. All it needs is a regular watering and nutrient-rich growing medium.
The common feature that all varieties of pothos share are their heart-shaped leaves with a trace of veins on them. You can easily get them from a local nursery.
The snake plant is a low-maintenance and easy to grow a plant. It has thick, up-right leaves that resemble a sword and can grow up to 4 feet in height. The growing medium of this plant should be exceptionally draining.
Before watering the plant, allow the soil to completely dry out. Then water the plant thoroughly.
The best choice for growing spider plants is in the hanging baskets. The green-yellow leaves of this plant grow out of the hanging basket like a water fountain. Provided the basket has drainage holes enough to maintain the air circulation and prevent the roots from rotting.
Swedish Ivy prefers organically-rich and well-drained soil to grow. You can grow this plant in containers, pots, or hanging baskets. It becomes somewhat leggy indoors.
Water the plant when necessary. And fertilize the plant every month with well-balanced liquid fertilizers.
Swiss Cheese Plant
This plant is also known as Monstera or slit-leaf philodendron. Again this plant also become popular in recent times. It has big-green leaves that may grow up to 18 inches in size.
Swiss cheese plant looks extraordinarily beautiful when grown indoors. Periodically wipe the big leaves of the plant to get rid of the dust that can attract pests.
This plant is also known as an inch-plant as there is a space of one inch among each other. This plant prefers bright indirect light but it can tolerate low-light conditions as well.
Grow this plant in organically rich soil. Water the soil when the top two inches of soil feels dry. Do not overwater.
This plant grows within 2-3 feet of height. The ZZ plant can tolerate drought conditions. Hence it’s not gonna dries out soon if you forget to give it water. This plant does exceptionally well in low-light conditions. That’s why we choose this plant on this list.
A well-draining potting medium with regular watering is all it needs to grow well. Low-light plants actually grows slow. you can prune the leaves if you want. otherwise, it is perfect for growing as a low-light houseplant.
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