Low-Light indoor plants are perfect plant-lovers that travel frequently, have busy work schedules, live in a space that doesn’t provide lots of natural light, or just don’t want to worry about dedicating too much time to their plants. There are many amazing low light indoor plants that will grow indoors and thrive, even if receiving very little light.
Low light plants are typically plants that only receive indirect sunlight, but still manage to survive. They will usually live a good few feet away from a window.
These are a few of our favourites:
Aglaonema or Chinese Evergreen
With its lush, variegated leaves, the Aglaonema is one of the most easy-care plants for indoors. It is an extremely forgiving plant, tolerating dry and low light conditions. The biggest problem is in over-watering. Allow the top 3-5cm of soil to dry out before watering. Keep your Aglaonema looking lush and fresh by gently wiping the leaves down with a moist cloth, and remove any dead or yellowing leaves.
Aspidistra or Cast Iron plants
Aspidistras need little care and attention and can certainly tolerate low light areas. They are clump-forming perennials with dark green foliage. Leaves are borne on long stalks and are excellent for flower arranging. The flowers are purple and appear at ground level. Low to moderate watering -once a week at most.
Chlorophytum comosum or Hen & Chicken Plants
The Spider plant is among the most adaptable houseplants and is very easy to grow. It’s a graceful plant that makes a statement anywhere—from a tabletop to a mantle, or with its lovely arching leaves as a hanging plant. Water when the top 50% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.
The pothos plant is considered by many to be a great way to get started caring for houseplants. Since pothos care is easy and undemanding, this lovely plant is an easy way to add some green in your home. They make a great addition to darker rooms, like bathrooms or offices because they can tolerate low light. Lower light will require less watering frequency.
Sanseveria trifascia or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
An evergreen perennial with stiff, thick leaves that grow straight up from the soil. Often, the leaves have yellow or white markings on them. These plants can live in bright light or low light; they will adapt to most lighting conditions and won’t be fussy! Water your Sansevieria only when the soil is completely dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.
With silvery dots and splashes against its dark green foliage, the Scindapsus is sure to grab attention wherever placed in your home. They are soon satisfied with their location, and tolerate low light. The leaves will change in colour when the plant is placed in a lighter or darker spot. Water once the top 2-3 inches of soil is dry. They will tolerate under-watering, but much less tolerant of over-watering.
Spathiphyllum or Peace Lily
A perennial with deep green glossy leaves which produces beautiful white spade-shaped flowers that last for months. When it comes to indoor plants, peace lilies are some of the easiest to care for. They do well in low light and low water conditions. However, if they don’t receive sufficient light, they will bloom less and will look more like traditional foliage plants. One of the most common mistakes in the care of peace lilies is over-watering. They are far more tolerant of under-watering than over-watering. They also do not need frequent fertilizing. Fertilizing with a balanced fertilizer one to two times per year will be enough to keep these plants happy.
Zamioculcas zamiifolia or ZZ Plant
A rhizome plant that’s a real joy to grow and to have displayed indoors. The potato-like rhizomes near the roots store water, which technically make this plant a succulent. You won’t have to worry about re-potting often, as these plants do well with crowded root systems. They tolerates low light and bright light. However, watering depends on how much light they receive. If placed in a low light area, it will require less water. ZZ Plants have compound leaves, which means that the “spears” that comes out of the soil are each leaves, and the “leaves” are technically called “leaflets.”