The craze for house plants is on the rise with the rise of modern and congested household. Earlier, only people with an interest in gardening or plants used to own plants but now, almost every home has a corner or two dedicated to greenery. House plants are great as décor pieces as well as add a nice vibe to the atmosphere. They are good for the eyes and for the lungs. And studies prove that they are good for concentration and helps in attaining peace of mind too. But sometimes, it might be a task to keep them alive and thriving. They have needs just like humans. The basic ones are water, growing medium, and sunlight. And with apartment living, the hardest one to provide is a window with bright sunlight. But worry not; nature has everything sorted for us. Today we have brought the best list of the Low Light Indoor House Plants which are low maintenance and are great for apartment living and hard to kill. Also, this list includes every low-light plant that you can easily find in the nursery near your house.
Note: Remember, low light does not mean a pitch-black room, it means a few feet away from a nicely sun-lit window which gets sunlight for a few hours every day, i.e., indirect sunlight. Because does not matter how much-low light tolerant a plant is, it still needs sunlight for its survival.
- Basic Care for Low Light House Plants/ Low Light Indoor Plants: Since these plants are going to get very little sunlight, the soil will take a lot of time to dry up. So here are some tips that you can follow to keep them thriving in spite of little-to-no sunlight. The basic care for all these low light plants are somewhat common which are:
- Pot With Drainage Hole: Never ever let water sit in the soil of your plants. It’s a definite killer. It will rot your plant away so always give the excess water some route to drain out.
- Well Draining Soil: It is really important to choose a soil that will drain easily else a long period of damp soil can lead to root rot.
- Let the soil dry out between watering: Remember, overwatering has nothing to do with the quantity of water, it explains the frequency. So give the soil some time to dry out somewhat and then give it a good drench.
- Check for bugs: Although low light plants are mostly overwatering-tolerant too, but moisture in the soil can become a perfect home for bugs. So keep an eye out for them.
- Do your research: Finally, it is always great if you Google your plant care yourself, it will take a few moments, trust me.
20 Best Low Light House Plants
So here it goes- the list of the most beautiful Low Light Indoor House Plants, see which of the following are available near your home and bring them ASAP:
These green-leafed beauties come in various shapes and sizes. They can be variegated and can have split leaves like a monstera. These are also versatile when it comes to size, as different varieties can go from a few inches to a few feet. So choose the appropriate size and shape for yourself.
2. Devil’s Ivy-Pothos (Epipremnum Aureum)
These trailing babies are one of the most common plants for beginners. They can grow from a few inches to several meters and can cover the whole roof or ceiling of your home. They can be variegates or can have beautiful golden leaves. Really easy to propagate, overall epic guys.
3. Prayer Plant (Marantha Leuconeura) or Peacock Plant (Calathea Makoyana)
Whoever said that nature is an artist was right, because look at the leaves of a calathea plant. Looks like the canvas if the best painter in the world. These compact guys are good for small spaces and will add to the beauty of your house.
4. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)
I am pretty sure that this is the elder sibling of a calathea plant in nature’s family with longer and pointed leaves, but with somewhat similar patterns.
5. Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)
Sibling of Calathea and Chinese-Evergreen but dumber.
6. Bromeliad (Bromeliaceae)
If you love colors, then these plants are for you. These look like tall and well-structured grass with a crown of colorful blooms on their head that can last up to a year. Also, their bloom is precious because this happens only once in their lifetime. So treasure them.
7. Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena Sanderiana)
You can literally grow lucky bamboo in one of the shelves of your house. Also, they can thrive in water. And who are we kidding; a miniature bamboo forest is like the cutest thing to own (with spiral stems of course).
8. ZZ Plant- Zanzibar Gem (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia)
This plant literally looks like a glitch in the matrix with its infinite rows of identical solid green leaves. So if you are a sci-fi fan, get this guy. It will quietly sit in the corner in a little space while you work on your space ship.
I am no artist, but I am pretty sure that every artist’s first leaf drawing is a drawing of a Syngonium leaf because it is just beautifully artistic. It is pretty compact with big leaves so it is great for small spaces. This plant also comes with “pink” leaves; do I need to say more?
Caladiums are like the over-expressive Syngonium with more colors, patterns, and variations in the leaves.
11. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
Its beautiful dark green shiny leaves and pretty white flowers make it seem artificial, that is how serene it looks. Small, pretty and serene. Yes!
12. Cast Iron (Aspidistra Elatior)
Peace lily but without the flowers. Also, can get pretty shrubby.
13. Snake Plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata)
I feel like I do not even have to explain this one, pretty common, pretty looking and pretty easy. (Fun fact-it is also known as “mother-in-law’s tongue plant, maybe because of the sharp edged leaves? But who are we to comment on that?). PS- sorry mommys.
14. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)
Another commoner which is great for beginners and multiplies like anything.
15. Aloe Vera:
And yet another common man with heavenly medicinal properties. Bring this guy ASAP.
16. English Ivy (Hedera Helix)
If you are a star with a big heart, then bring this trailing one home whose leaves looks like the star and heart shapes had a baby.
17. Maiden Hair Fern (Adiantum)
This plant looks like a literal cross between a fairy tale tree and parsley. Pretty, bushy and droops really cute. Great for hanging planters in small spaces.
18. Parlor Palm (Chama Edorea Elegans)
If you want the vibes of a tree but with a pot and least amount of efforts, then this plant if for you. It can go from a few inches to a few feet. Real island vibes.
Really small, really pretty with big roundel leaves. Best for small spaces.
20. Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica ‘Rubra’)
Somewhere down in the memory lane, having a rubber plant was considered an achievement. This looks insanely carved and beautiful with huge glossy leaves and colors ranging from darkest green and darkest magenta. Total majestic guy.
So this is the list of the Best Low Light House Plants that you can keep in your house and enjoy their beauty while bathing, office hours, or cooking. So keep them in any corner of your house, preferably with a window nearby, and take pride in being responsible for keeping a life happy and thriving. Enjoy your plants.
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