Low Light Indoor plants That Can Survive in The Darkest Corner
Have you been afraid to try growing houseplants in your home, or a particular room, because you think you don't have enough light?
Low-light conditions are always a challenge for the indoor gardener. If your home or office is short on light, enjoying houseplants might seem an impossible option. Even plants that do well in outdoor shade tend to need a ton of sun and a green thumb to keep houseplants alive, but that's not necessarily the case some house plant species positively thrive happily in low light, and some even do better in shadier spaces.
We've compiled a list of the best plant varieties that won't want anything to do with your an already-crowded windowsill or at the very least, houseplants that are unique and up-and-coming some of which you may have never even seen before. Here are some of the coolest low-light plants that you can grow.
Monstera Occasionally called Swiss cheese plant, It has a dense, attractive bushy bright green cut leaves, which will add a blast of tropical lushness to any room with this big-leaf beauty. Leaves can grow as large as 2 feet wide and feature large cuts or holes. A small Monstera can even be repotted into a hanging basket. If you want to keep the plant compact, trim off leggy growth. Monstera is native to the jungles of Mexico and is also sometimes called split-leaf philodendron because the new leaves have a heart shape, although it is not a true philodendron.
Care tip: Monstera grows more slowly in low light, but will need a moss stick or structure to climb as it matures.
Light: avoid harsh sunlight, It tolerates low light for the Swiss Cheese Plant
Water: moderate levels of watering are required. Water directly into the pot when the top of the soil feels dry.
Fertilizer: can be applied about once a month during the spring and summer growing season
Temperature: Average room temperature is fine. will survive easily between 10°C / 50°F - 30°C / 86°F
Potting: need to pot the growing tips from stems just below an aerial root node.
Pruning: pruning can be used to shape the direction of growth remove any dying leaves.
Size: Up to 13 feet tall, though most will stay much smaller indoors
Looking for a houseplant that tolerates dark corners and neglect? Zamioculcas zamiifolia The ZZ plant is one you might not have heard of, but it’s well-suited to growing indoors. This African native will do just fine even if it only gets fluorescent light in an office or shop. It also tolerates dry conditions, so it's ideal for someone who travels frequently. The ZZ plant looks great “It has thick, rubbery leaves that might remind you of a palm or fern. it produces upright, slightly arching stems covered in glossy dark green leaves which will look beautiful in any décor.
Care tip: Keep the leaves of ZZ (and all low-light plants) free from dust. A simple swipe with a damp cloth keeps leaves glossy and beautiful.
Light: The Zamio grows well in low or bright lighting conditions, but it's best to avoid direct sunlight.
Water: Need Low water requirements, because over-watering can cause stem and rhizome rot.
Fertilizer: During the main growing season like April - August feed with a balanced liquid fertilizer
Temperature: Should keep the plant out of the extreme cold.
Potting: Re-pot the plant once a year at the beginning of spring.
Pruning: Cutaway Once a stem has grown much longer than all other and pinch the leave that is turning yellow.
Size: Up to 3 feet tall
Buy It: ZZ Plant From Daffodils
A member of the Dracaena genus according to Feng Shui, these sculptural houseplants are reputed to bring good luck and are sold in a wide array of artistic shapes like braids, loops, curlicues, and hearts. A topknot of frilly leaves adds flourish to the stems. It’s one of the best office desk and tabletop plants although not a real bamboo.You can also grow it in water in corners of your home that receive some bright light in the day. This pliable plant can grows in so many different sizes and shapes, they’ll match any décor or space. They do well in low light and grow very slowly.
Even shade lovers like a vacation outdoors in the summer. Move lucky bamboo into a north-facing area of your yard or porch in midsummer.
Light: bamboo needs very little light. It grows best in low, indirect light.
Water: Most indoor bamboo grows in narrow vases filled with water, make sure to change the water every one or two weeks.
Fertilizer: Feed the plant lightly. Use liquid fertilizer and Wait until the fertilizer has been properly absorbed
Temperature: Locate the plant in normal room temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Potting: Repot or divide when the bamboo outgrows its container.
Pruning: Remove the dead leaves or stem which turn yellow regularly to avoid fungal activity, and shape it once it is established and healthy.
Buy It: Lucky Bamboo From Daffodils
The Sansevieria species are some of the best low-light plants. They are striking in appearance and strikingly easy to grow. The snake plant, also called mother-in-law's tongue, is one of the most recommended plants for improving air quality. The strappy swordlike leaves come in many different leaf shapes as well, wide and short, narrow, and long, even cylindrical leaves that look like little spikes. This easy-care plant also comes in a wide range of colors to white, yellow, and green striped to green leaves splashed with lighter colors. The optimal place to keep this relatively inexpensive and low-maintenance plant is the bedroom because it converts carbon dioxide into oxygen at night. This is a very long-lived plant that can thrive for decades.
Don’t overwater low-light plants; most dark-side dwellers prefer it on the dry side.
Light: Sansevieria tolerates filtered light. bright light brings out the colors in the leaves
Water: Water sparingly throughout the winter, allow the soil dry completely before watering.
Fertilizer: sansevieria is a light feeder, feed the plant once every three weeks throughout the summer
Temperature: it will be damaged at a temperature below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degree Celsius)
Potting: leaf cuttings are the easiest ways for planting. Place suckers or parts of leaves in potting soil, and keep them slightly moist until they develop roots.
Pruning: needs no pruning
Phalaenopsis will add a touch of elegance to any room in your home, commonly called orchid. These easy-care beauties hold their blooms for up to four months and are ideal for low-light locations. Orchids come in a wide selection of colors and bi-colors orchids grow in bark or moss and should only be watered when that material feels dry.
Care tip: More orchids die from overwatering than under-watering, so don't be afraid to let it get just a little dry.
Light: Needs Medium to Bright indirect light
Water: Do not need heavy watering.
Fertilizer: Fertilize the orchids once per month while they’re flowering
Temperature: Normal temperature between 65 and 80 degrees F.
Potting: Plants should be repotted with new sphagnum moss every 18 to 24 months
Pruning: Need to Cut off spent stems when the flowers have died.
Size: Up to 24 inches tall
Buy It: Orchid/ Phalaenopsis