7.Cast Iron Plant
Like ZZ plants, Cast Iron Plants thrive under low light conditions and are equally happy with a couple of hours of artificial lighting. Other houseplants usually develop root rot due to dampness, but they are quite resistant to it.
It tends to be less warm and dryer when grown under lights. A lack of sunlight can allow diseases like root rot to overtake plants. If overwatering is a problem for you. Starting off with a Cast Iron Plant will mitigate any issues you may encounter while using artificial light.
Even though Cast Iron Plants have the reputation of being extremely hardy, it’s still a good idea to brush up on some care tips.
8. Dracaena Trifasciata (Snake Plant)
Despite being hardy and easy to care for, snake plants are also highly sought after as a houseplant. In a vertical line, the unusual leaves shoot out of the soil into the air. Different varieties of Dracaena are available in various sizes and colors.
A snake plant looks quite different and distinctive from other houseplants, so I really love them. The plant’s defined edges and vertical growth make it look alien compared to the dense foliage of ordinary houseplants.
Dracaenas are one of the most popular houseplants around due to their hardiness and resilience. As long as you keep them from direct sunlight, they will grow in various light conditions and do not require careful watering procedures.
As long as they get between 2 to 3 hours of indirect sunlight, these plants will thrive in low light conditions. It is necessary to provide them with artificial light if they are getting less light than this or if you’d like them to reach their full eight-foot length.
9. Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen)
Flowers of Chinese evergreens feature brightly colored leaves that are located in clumps. Plants that bloom indoors that receive proper care, such as aglaonemas, can flourish under grow lights.
Plants belonging to this family are normally grown for their ornamental foliage, which contributes to brightening rooms with natural light. High humidity is required for Aglaonemas, but they don’t tolerate direct sunlight. In fact, they thrive best in indirect light to no light conditions, and they tend to grow best in cool, dark places that tend to be more humid.
As a result, Chinese evergreens rarely flower because they do not receive enough light.
Providing enough ambient light for these plants under artificial light will enable them to flower. Aside from artificial lights giving them enough light without burning them, you may also use a bulb with more red light, which will actually encourage flowering.
If you intend to grow any of the plants in the Aglaonema family, read our Chinese evergreen care guide. You’ll find detailed instructions on how to propagate them to get new plants from the original.
10. Peace Lily
Peace lilies provide a sophisticated look in a windowless room, since they’re more compact and quieter that Chinese evergreens. If you are searching for a flowering plant to brighten up a windowless area, peace lilies will do well.
They grow well in bright indirect light but will also tolerate low light conditions. They are one of the easiest plants to grow and are fairly hardy.
While it is true that peace lilies won’t necessarily die in low light, we don’t want to see them hanging on to life when they shouldn’t.
You can use an LED grow light to add light to a low light area if you cannot find a place in your home with bright indirect light. You’ll not only be able to provide great conditions for your peace lily, but you’ll also be able to place it in more places.
Check out our detailed peace lily care guide to learn all the details of keeping this plant healthy.
If you’re looking for a more traditional flower to grow indoors, geraniums are a good choice. The flowers come in lots of colors and some varieties even have multicolored leaves. Warmth and color are easily provided through these cheery flowers.
Geraniums are perennial plants, but in regions with cold weather they are planted as annuals.
It is quite easy to grow them as houseplants in containers, though they need a good deal of direct sunlight.
It is possible to use artificial grow lights to keep your plants flourishing if your home doesn’t get enough light. In addition, you can use red light throughout the winter to induce flowering, giving you a taste of summer during the cold months.
Do not allow your plants to go into a period of dormancy before you reduce the amount of light or stop fertilizing.
12. Maidenhair Fern
My maidenhair fern never seemed to last very long. The first time she came in contact with too much sun, she shriveled up.
She was moved to the humid bathroom after a hard trip to remove the damaged fronds and a period of slow transition. The issue there was that she was receiving no sunlight and her leaves turned yellow.
We ended up having to use artificial light in my bathroom to keep a maidenhair fern alive. After six months, she is looking lush and always puts out new growth thanks to the combination of high humidity and moderate lighting from the grow lights.
If you have a problem finding a good spot for sensitive plants like maidenhair ferns, growing them under artificial lights can be a good solution. You can keep your plants in a humid area while still getting enough light.
Placing it in a humid bathroom enables a room with no windows to be filled with greenery.
13. Parlor Palm
Parlor palms are one of those plants that can instantly change the aesthetics of a room. Tropical palms’ large fronds, tall size, and deep green instantly bring a tropical vibe to your living room. Put it anywhere, for instance, so you always feel like you’re on vacation.
While in the wild, palms can grow to be huge towering trees, when in containers you can control what size you want to keep them.
It also comes in many different varieties that each have their own characteristics and care instructions. A tiny palm tree can be kept on a shelf in a small pot or in a human-sized tree kept directly on the ground.
They will never tolerate areas with no light because of their range of sizes. The only thing to remember is that they won’t grow well if you don’t give them plenty of light.
Hence, they are ideal plants to grow with artificial lights. The grow lights allow you to place the palm trees wherever you want even if there is no natural sunlight.
A plant needs sunlight to grow, but not every room you put a plant in necessarily has sunlight. Fortunately, plants don’t always have to have sunlight and can grow under artificial lights as well.
A thick canopy shelters many types of houseplants from sunlight in the forest floor.
Since they are rather sensitive to light, they prefer artificial light, which isn’t so intense, and can deal with direct light quite well.
It also allows growers to make sure that their ultra-sensitive plants won’t be affected by sunlight. Artificial grow lights can be used in bathrooms or closets that don’t have windows.
In case you reach this point and have a good idea for what houseplant you wish to grow under artificial lights, but are lost on how to light the plants themselves, check out this explanation on lighting indoor plants from the University of Missouri.
Let me leave you with one last useful tip.
Plants grown under artificial lights don’t need as much water since the soil doesn’t dry out so readily. Have fun exploring all your new options for where to place your houseplants.
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