INSIDE : Learn 12 of my Favorite Low Light Houseplants for your home. These are tough as nail indoor plants that can take less light than most.
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Which plants naturally love low light?
Ready for some real talk? The most important thing to know about plants is that they ALL PREFER to live outdoors.
All plants started outside and most likely in a high humidity rainforest type setting. You will never read a botanic book or description that says with “naturally grown in east-facing windows” – ha. The idea of “indoor houseplants” is one that we have made up to make plants work better for us.
So the best indoor plants for “low light conditions” are really which plants are most tolerant of living in a dark corner with one window 5′ away.
The good news is that there are tons of plants can survive in a dark corner. They may not love it, but they can adapt to less light. And bonus is if every so often you rotate your plants closer to indirect sunlight – so they can get little bits of sunshine throughout the year. Not a necessity, but something they would welcome.
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What is a good indoor houseplant for low light?
12 of the best Low Light Plants :
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The ZZ Plant is one of the most forgiving of houseplants plants. It can take quite low light and even does okay with minimal watering, once a month even. It grows very slow, so you really can purchase this plant and leave it alone for a while.
ZZ is a favorite indoor plant in offices because they do so well under fluorescent lights. This is a great air purifying plant for beginners, too. I have a Black Raven ZZ Plant also, which has beautiful black leaves.
Check out my post about ZZ Plant care.
The Snake Plant is really happiest in bright light, but it can tolerate low light levels indoors as well. That makes them AWESOME plants for those darker corners of your home! Water just once or twice a month during the winter and weekly during warmer months. These are long-lived, easy to care for houseplants. They also come in a wide range of colors – white, yellow, and green striped to green leaves splashed with lighter colors.
Check out my post about Snake Plant care.
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The Pothos is possibly one of the easiest houseplant. They are fast growers, very flexible with their light requirements and almost impossible to kill.
These are trailing plants that just keep on growing and growing and growing. Occasional pruning the plants will keep them fuller at the base and each cutting can then be rooted in water to create more plants – they are the plant that keeps on giving! They are very tolerant of all types of light conditions, even artificial indoor lights.
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Calathea are gorgeous and new plant owners always gravitate to them because of their beautiful coloring, but they are a trickier plant. They are gorgeous leafy plants with typically dark green leaves and then silver or pink colored pin stripes. The underside of the leaf is a beautiful purple.
They grow well in medium to low light. However, the lower the light, the less frequently they will flower.
Although slow growers, they can grow up to 3 feet tall with higher humidity conditions. Calathea add beautiful texture and color to rooms with less light.
Spider plants are a great plant for low light rooms. They don’t need much direct sunlight and when they start to wilt slightly, you can water them. They make wonderful hanging plants for that dark corner in your home and are another plant that is very easy to propagate.
Marimo Moss Balls
Marimo Moss Balls should be kept in a location where they will receive low to medium indirect light. They can turn brown if they get too much direct light. Marimo moss plants need to be kept submerged in water as they naturally are a pond or lake plant.
They are a unique and fun plant to have with very minimal care need.
Check out my post about Marimo Moss Plant care.
Bamboo plants enjoy bright indirect light, but they can also tolerate lower light conditions. The lower the light amount, the slower they will grow.
If you see your plant starting to get yellow leaves, then you know it needs just a touch more sunshine. However, be careful because too much sunlight can give them a sunburn.
Peperomia do not like lots of sun or lots of dark, so if you have a location that gets moderate indirect light, that is ideal for them! These plants even do well under fluorescent lights making them an ideal choice for the office.
They come in a variety of colors and leaf shapes. Their tight size makes them perfect for small quarters, such as bathrooms.
I really love this plant and have loved seeing how the plant has grown and it’s fun shape.
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Dumb Cane plants are quite tolerant of shade which makes them a good plant for low light rooms in your home. Filtered light is particularly important in the spring and summer, when the dieffenbachia houseplant is producing new, tender leaves that are subject to sunburn if the light is too bright or shines directly on the plant.
Dumb Cane plants are irritants to pets and people’s skin, so keep that in mind when having this plant in your home.
Check out my post about Dumb Cane plant care.
Prayer plants do well in medium light, but can tolerate lower indirect light. I have actually noticed my plant is much healthier looking when I have it in lower light. Our New Mexico sun is very intense and if he gets too much direct light, then it’s leaves start to get scorched. Morning sunlight is fine, but it’s best to avoid that more intense afternoon sunlight.
Plus, these plants are so cool and daily raise and lower their leaves as if they are “praying”. I love mine!
Check out my post about Prayer Plant care.
Mistletoe Cactus really “prefers” bright indirect light. However, they are very sensitive to too much sunlight. This is a favorite of mine, so I keep it protected in a corner nearby to a window. So he doesn’t get any sunlight, but has done so well.
You will know your plant is getting too much direct sunlight if you start seeing the stems turn a reddish color, that means it is being sun burnt.
My Mistletoe Cactus has strands about 3′ long now… he’s a beauty!
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Dwarf Umbrella Plant
Dwarf Umbrella plants are another plant that loves indirect sunlight, but will still function quite well with much less sunlight. The less sunlight your plant receives, the slower it will grow. I had my Dwarf Umbrella plant in our bathroom for two years and now he is in my kitchen, he’s been doing just fine!
He is about 3′ tall now and just keeps plugging away.
12 LOW LIGHT PLANTS
- ZZ plant
- Snake Plant
- Pinstripe Calathea
- Spider Plant
- Marimo Moss Balls
- Dumb Cane
- Prayer Plant
- Mistletoe Cactus
- Dwarf Umbrella Plant
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