Is your apartment lacking in windows and have limited access to plants?
Have you always been fascinated by plants to the point of wanting to have them as part of your office decor, but the closest window is several cubicles away?
Are you looking for the perfect plant for a dark corner of your home crying out for greenery?
This article has the 10 best plants for low light that you can find at home or for your office.
All the plants on this list have been tested and true by me, so they are all perfect for low light conditions. Not only are these plants beautiful, but they are also easy to care for. They will do a great job beautifying your space, no matter where it is – in your home or on your desk at work!
1) ZZ PLANT (ZAMIOCULCAS ZAMIIFOLIA)
My favourite plant is this one! It looks stunning, it is easy to grow, it tolerates drought, it propagates easily, and on top of that, it also purifies the air! How awesome is that?
If fluorescent light is provided in the room, this plant is the best choice, as long as there’s not much natural light, like in an office space with few windows.
It needs water about twice a week.
It is very toxic for pets, which is the only major drawback of this plant. Pets with a strong chewing instinct may not enjoy this plant so it is kept high on a stand where our dog cannot reach the stems or leaves.
2) SNAKE PLANT (SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA)
Another reason why this is one of the most popular plants in malls and offices is that it is perfect for dark spaces. These are very easy to care for, require minimal watering, and have low light requirements.
Another advantage of this plant lies in its ability to purify the air.
Using its modular and tall vertical leaves as a delineation living tool, it will effectively partition and partition your space. The use of this plant is often for separating spaces, such as a common work area from a series of individual desks, as well as creating a visual signal that directs traffic toward a specific area, for example a row of these plants near the entrance to the office.
Water it once every two weeks.
3. PEACE LILY (SPATHIPHYLLUM)
Most people grow Peace Lilies in their homes and offices because they are easy to maintain once you have given the right conditions for them to thrive.
These plants thrive in medium to low light conditions. They produce beautiful and specialized hooded leaves when exposed to higher levels of light. In darker places the plant will continue to produce green leaves.
Air purifiers are also peace lilies!
If the leaves of Peace Lily begin to wilt, water them. This plant is prone to overwatering; thus, water on schedule rarely works with this plant, intact.
I learned a trick to minimize browning of the tips by pouring water into a container one night before watering. This will help the excess chlorine in the water to percolate out overnight.
4) DEVIL’S IVY (POTHOS)
Plants like pothos are good for plant newbies, as these plants grow in a wide range of lighting conditions and thrive in humidity. Arrangements of Pothos in water and soil are possible, so the style of display varies. (My Pothos is growing really well in a moss ball).
While adaptable to a variety of light conditions, these plants appear to do exceptionally well in environments with reduced natural light, such as offices or bathrooms.
In spite of the picture here below showing a variegated Pothos, when low light is present the best Pothos is a non-variegated type like a Golden Pothos. Plants with variegated leaves will grow in a low light environment, but they will lose their variegation.
You can propagate Pothos very easily.
Potted plants should be watered approximately once to twice a week.
5) SPIDER PLANT, (CHLOROPHYTUM COMOSUM)
It is pretty hard to kill Spider Plants. They are recommended for people who have a Black Thumb since they are really adaptable.
Neither are they happy if they are watered very frequently nor are they able to produce a lot of spiderettes suitable for propagation.
Green and variegated Spider Plants are also available in curly varieties, like the one shown in the picture below.
About once every one or two weeks, water your plants.
6) MAIDENHAIR FERN, (ADIANTUM)
It adds beauty to every environment it has been displayed in, similar to many other types of ferns.
While this plant tends to do well in low levels of natural light, it requires a moist environment to thrive, which makes it an ideal candidate for bathrooms.
Ferns do not grow well in dry areas therefore, growing this type of plant indoors requires much more care and attention than other plants do. Ferns prefer moist and humid soil, and should be misted often or placed on a water filled pebble tray.
In my dry climate living in low humidity indoors, I love ferns, especially the Plumosa and Asparagus Ferns. Growing ferns inside is simple when you place them in a closed glass terrarium. Not only is it a beautiful living decor piece for your home, it also provides the humidity that ferns need. If used properly, the ferns or other plants inside the sealed terrarium require minimal watering. Click here for more details regarding the closed terrarium.
7) CAST IRON PLANT, (ASPIDISTRA ELATIOR)
Another indestructible plant is the Cast Iron Plant.
Although somewhat less glamorous and even harder than the Peace Lily, it is slow to grow and can survive almost any neglect, and especially enjoys hot and dry conditions. It is not tough in colder environments.
Watering is still necessary on this plant every once in two to three weeks even though it can endure extreme conditions.
This is the perfect plant when all the others have died! Next, plastic plants!
8) CHINESE EVERGREEN, (AGLAONEMA)
In poor light conditions, dry environments, and arid environments, the Chinese Evergreen plant is highly tolerant. This plant hates cool temperatures and needs to be kept away from drafts, just like the Cast Iron Plant.
You should water it about twice a week and let it dry fully between waterings.
Phyllodendrons are hardy plants that grow rapidly and can adapt to almost any light condition. From indirect sun, to medium light, to low light.
Since it enjoys a humid, low light environment, I made my Philodendron Brasil our bathroom plant.
Due to the darker part of our bathroom, my Philodendron is growing solid green leaves rather than variegated. The new leaves were growing variegated following the move to a brighter spot of the bathroom. This is to prove that, like with Pothos, the leaves will lose their variegation in a low light environment, just like with people who grow plants in tropical environments. Solid green Philodendrons are your best bet for darker rooms.
Water my plants about once every 10 days.
10) STAGHORN FERN, (PLATYCERIUM)
There is something about Staghorn Ferns that fascinates me. They are a very unique plant that can be displayed in an interesting and different way.
In contrast to other ferns, Staghorn Fern prefer drier conditions, despite being tolerant of low light levels.
A plant like this grows on trees much like an orchid, but it is a true epiphyte, meaning that it does not rely on soil for its nutrients. Rather than being in a pot of soil, this plant does really well mounted on a wood board with a little peat compost, making for a rustic and beautiful plant wall decor.
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