There are many plants available to grow in the home, but those listed below are all plants that can be grown in lower light situations. In homes that do not have large windows, these low light plants will still thrive and grow.
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Although many houseplants thrive in low light, watering can still become an issue. A tip for those who forget to water their plants often is to have an indicator plant. An indicator plant is a plant that when not watered enough will not die quickly, but rather the leaves will droop. Keep this plant where you can see it on a daily basis. If you notice that the plant it wilting or drooping, it is most likely time to water all of the plants in the home. Better yet a moisture sensor could be used to determine when water is needed.
Houseplants for Low Light
- Corn Plant
- Otherwise known as the Dracaena Fragrans, this plant is slow growing and can take on some fairly harsh conditions. It does not like to be watered too often, and prefers low light conditions over sunny areas. The corn plant does however like warm areas and should not be placed too close to windows or doors that are frequently opened letting in cold air or breezes.
- Mother in Laws Tongue
- The mother in laws tongue also known as Sansevieria Trifasciata and the snake plant can tolerate both low light, and harsh sunlight. Because of its thick leaves watering only needs to take place roughly once every two weeks. This is one of the more common house plants due to its versatility.
- Dragon Tree
- The Dracaena Marginata is a plant that is near impossible to not care for properly. It is a slow growing plant that prefers low light and normal watering and will not do well in direct light. Dragon tree plants have been known to wilt quite far and make a comeback easily with the proper care.
- ZZ Plant
- Its nickname the ZZ plant comes from its proper name the Zamioculcas Zamiifolia. As long as you are sure you do not over water it, this plant will grow well in low lighting. It will also do well in bright light, making it a versatile plant that can be in almost any location of the house.
- Peace Lilly
- Otherwise known as the Spathiphyllum Wallisii is easy to grow and grows well in lower lit areas. Although in higher lit areas it will develop a very attractive spathe in the center, it thrives perfectly fine in low light.
- Spider Plant
- The spider plant otherwise known as the Chlorophytum Comousm gets in name from its spider like appearance with many long thin leaves. It will do well in almost any lighting, and is known for its rapid reproduction of plants that can be clipped, rooted and repotted creating a new plant.
- Cast Iron Plant
- Surviving well in places lacking a lot of natural light, the Aspidistra Elatior prefers to stay in the same pot and normal watering. The cast iron plant is a leafy plant similar to the Corn Plant, but instead with leaves holding a straighter stature than the corn plant.
- Lucky Bamboo Plants
- Bamboo or the Dracaena Braunii is one of the easiest plants to take care of in a home. They absolutely hate direct sunlight, but do enjoy indirect sunlight and lower lit areas of the home that get a bit of sun during the day. It can be grown both in rocks and/or potted soil and it thrives best when it has a constant puddle like formation of water in its pot.
For more great low light houseplant ideas browse my article on the best Bedroom Plants or air purifying plants for the bathroom. Most of those choices also do well in low lighting.