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Best Low Light Houseplants

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Plants That Love the Shade Have you been afraid to try growing houseplants in your home, or a particular room, because you think you don’t have enough light? Fear not! These fourteen plants thrive in low light conditions and are also easy to grow. If you are not sure what kind of light you have, consider this: A south-facing room with lots of windows has high light. Medium light would be in an east or west facing room, north-facing rooms, or rooms with no windows are considered low-light rooms. If your room has no windows, you should leave lights on twelve hours a day, or rotate low-light plants into the room for a few weeks at a time before moving them back to a naturally lit room. ZZ Plant ZZ plant grows well in a dry environment and pushes the low-light limit to its extreme. Snake Plant Snake plant performs well in dry spells and handles moderate to low light with ease. Staghorn Fern Staghorn fern performs well in high humidity locations, like bathrooms. In nature it grows in trees, and requires no soil and little moisture around its roots. It requires moderate light. Ivy English and Algerian ivys do well in low to moderate light. They should dry out between waterings. Pothos Pothos is a low light lover that makes a good entry point into growing houseplants. It handles a wide range of conditions and still performs well. Ideally it should have low to moderate light, and should dry out between waterings. Ferns Many ferns, including button, Autumn, rabbit’s foot, maidenhair and more, are good options for low-light situations. Give them consistently moist soil and low to medium light. Dieffenbachia Dieffenbachia prefers a medium to low light area. Allow it to dry between waterings. Philodendron Philodendron is a medium to low light houseplant that prefers to be kept dry between waterings. Some forms trail, or can easily be trained to a post or “totem.” Others have larger leaves and a bushy habit. Calathea Calathea, including the beloved prayer plant, grow well in medium to low light. They require consistent moisture for best performance. As a rule, the lower the light, the less frequently they will flower. Anthurium Anthurium bloom in red, white or pink and rebloom well in medium to low light. Keep soil consistently moist. Rex Begonia Rex begonias are grown for their colorful foliage, Keep them in medium to low light and allow them to get dry between waterings. Lucky Bamboo This popular housewarming gift is often received growing in water only. It can remain that way, only change the water weekly. If you prefer, plant it in soil and keep it evenly moist. Low to medium light works well. Chinese Evergreen Aglaonema, or Chinese evergreen, is an easy to grow foliage plant that performs well in low to medium light. Let it dry between waterings. Peace Lily Peace lily prefers moderate to low light and consistently moist soil. It reblooms several times a year, even with low light conditions.
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Best Low Light Houseplants

Have you been afraid to try growing houseplants in your home, or a particular room, because you think you don’t have enough light? Fear not! These fourteen plants thrive in low light conditions and are also easy to grow. If you are not sure what kind of light you have, consider this: A south-facing room with lots of windows has high light. Medium light would be in an east or west facing room, north-facing rooms, or rooms with no windows are considered low-light rooms. If your room has no windows, you should leave lights on twelve hours a day, or rotate low-light plants into the room for a few weeks at a time before moving them back to a naturally lit room.
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Best Low Light Houseplants

Dieffenbachia When it comes to colorful leaves, few houseplants offer as many options as Dieffenbachia. These gorgeous tropical plants feature a wide range of speckled or splotched leaves in either yellow-and-green or white-and-green. Although they grow well in dark rooms, they do prefer some bright, indirect light to keep them from getting too leggy. Dieffenbachia is poisonous, so keep it out of reach of children and pets. The Easiest Houseplants You Can Grow
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Best Low Light Houseplants

Dracaena sanderiana You may have admired this plant the last time you ate at an Asian restaurant because assuredly a lucky bamboo was in the lobby to greet you. These sculptural houseplants are reputed to bring good luck and are sold in a wide array of artistic shapes: braids, loops, curlicues, and hearts. A topknot of frilly leaves adds flourish to the stems. Although not a real bamboo, (it’s actually a dracaena), this pliable plant is grows in so many different sizes and shapes, they’ll match any décor or space. They do well in low light and grow very slowly.
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Best Low Light Houseplants

When it comes to colorful leaves, few houseplants offer as many options as Dieffenbachia. These gorgeous tropical plants feature a wide range of speckled or splotched leaves in either yellow-and-green or white-and-green. Although they grow well in dark rooms, they do prefer some bright, indirect light to keep them from getting too leggy. Dieffenbachia is poisonous, so keep it out of reach of children and pets.
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Best Low Light Houseplants

Corn Plant Dracaena fragrans ‘Massangeana’ If you love a little drama in your houseplant selection, corn plant delivers! Named for its leafy, corn-like foliage, this dramatic houseplant is also called mass cane because of its tall canelike trunk. The exuberant foliage of this dracanena species is dark green with a light green stripe. Corn plant is the ideal plant for any décor because it will grow happily in high to low light. You can’t go wrong wherever you place it. Brighten up a dark corner with yellow-and-green variety ‘Sol Cane’. Care tip: In darker spots, corn plant grows slowly and may show less lime-green coloration. If you want to bring out the color, move to a brighter location for a period of time, then return to the low light area.
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Best Low Light Houseplants

Many ferns, including button, Autumn, rabbit’s foot, maidenhair and more, are good options for low-light situations. Give them consistently moist soil and low to medium light.
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Best Low Light Houseplants

ZZ Plant Zamioculcas zamiifolia The ideal plant for the forgetful plant owner, ZZ plant is a forgiving plant that handles low light and sporadic watering. (There’s no guilt involved with owning this plant!) It’s a slow grower, so it won’t need repotting or dividing for years. The thick glossy leaves look beautiful in any décor. ZZ is a favorite indoor plant in offices because they do well under fluorescent lights. Plants grow 16 to 28 inches tall; if you like a dwarf version, try ‘Zamicro’. Care tip: Keep the leaves of ZZ (and all low-light plants) free from dust. A simple swipe with a damp cloth keeps leaves glossy and beautiful.
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Calathea, including the beloved prayer plant, grow well in medium to low light. They require consistent moisture for best performance. As a rule, the lower the light, the less frequently they will flower.
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Perfect for terrariums or dish gardens, Peperomia grows only 4-10 inches tall and offers a wide selection of different leaf shapes and colors. This plant grows best in medium to low light. It has few insect or disease problems. Here, Peperomia ‘Watermelon’ thrives in a location where it receives some indirect light from a north-facing window.

Peperomia Perfect for terrariums or dish gardens, Peperomia grows only 4-10 inches tall and offers a wide selection of different leaf shapes and colors. This plant grows best in medium to low light. It has few insect or disease problems. Here, Peperomia ‘Watermelon’ thrives in a location where it receives some indirect light from a north-facing window.
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DEA / G.Cigolini / Getty Images Pinterest PagesPrevious 1 of 11 Next View All Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema) Both its toughness and handsome foliage account for Aglaonema’s popularity. Its graceful, oblong leaves grow from a central stem; depending on the type, leaves may be solid medium green or splotched with various shades of gray and green. True to its tropical origin, Aglaonema prefers good light and high humidity, but performs admirably well even when both are low. Growing conditions: Aglaonema likes a standard potting soil, warm temps, bright, reflected light, and frequent waterings. Except in winter, apply a complete fertilizer regularly. Aglaonema will tolerate potbound conditions for long periods.
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PagesPrevious 1 of 11 Next View All Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema) Both its toughness and handsome foliage account for Aglaonema’s popularity. Its graceful, oblong leaves grow from a central stem; depending on the type, leaves may be solid medium green or splotched with various shades of gray and green. True to its tropical origin, Aglaonema prefers good light and high humidity, but performs admirably well even when both are low. Growing conditions: Aglaonema likes a standard potting soil, warm temps, bright, reflected light, and frequent waterings. Except in winter, apply a complete fertilizer regularly. Aglaonema will tolerate potbound conditions for long periods.
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Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema) Both its toughness and handsome foliage account for Aglaonema’s popularity. Its graceful, oblong leaves grow from a central stem; depending on the type, leaves may be solid medium green or splotched with various shades of gray and green. True to its tropical origin, Aglaonema prefers good light and high humidity, but performs admirably well even when both are low. Growing conditions: Aglaonema likes a standard potting soil, warm temps, bright, reflected light, and frequent waterings. Except in winter, apply a complete fertilizer regularly. Aglaonema will tolerate potbound conditions for long periods.

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