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Top 12 Low Light Houseplants

Top 12 Low Light Houseplants

Houseplants are amazing – they beautify your home, clean your air and generally just make me happy.  We recently moved into a condo that faces northeast, not a good direction for growing plants!  We get some nice morning sun, but not nearly enough to sustain most sun loving houseplants.  So I’ve been on a mission to find shade tolerant houseplants that will brighten up our new place.  Below are some tough cookies – plants that are so hardy, adaptable or shade loving that they can survive and even thrive in low light homes.

Top 12 Low Light Houseplants 

  • Aloe Plant by veggiefrogAloe – a well known succulent plant often used in first aid.  It’s a very hardy plant that can tolerate both low light and neglect.
  • Cast-Iron Plant by Jim, the PhotographerCast Iron plant – one of the most popular houseplants during the Victorian era.  It’s a leafy, slow growing plant that can eventually get up to 3 feet tall.  It’s low maintenance and can tolerate low light and low water.  In fact overwatering is one of the few ways to kill a cast iron plant!
  • Aglaonema 'White Lightning' by scott.zonaChinese evergreens – known as one of the easiest houseplants to grow.  It’s a hardy, leafy plant related to peace lilies.
  • Drachenbaum (Dracaena marginata Tricolor) by blumenbieneDragon tree – this plant has thin woody trunks with tufts of spiky, ribbon like leaves.  It can tolerate low light and drought.  It’s in the Dracaena family.
  • Schefflera arboricola by tree-speciesDwarf umbrella tree – an adaptive, low maintenance plant that can tolerate a range of conditions.  Each stem contains 5-9 oval shaped leaves that radiate from the center.  Sometimes listed simply as umbrella tree or octopus tree.
  • Indoor drop, day two by Saucy SaladHeartleaf philodendron – a common vining houseplant with glossy heart shaped leaves.  It’s known to grow quickly and can tolerate a wide range of lighting conditions.  It requires more water than most plants, especially in the summer time.  Water whenever the top of the soil is dry to touch (the rule for most plants is dry at 1 inch deep).
  • Maidenhair fern by jenny-beeMaidenhair vine/fern – this is a vining/creeping plant with cute little leaves and tiny flowers.  It likes low to moderate light.  It’s a distinct and pretty plant but it’s a bit of a diva.  It likes moist but never soggy soil, consistent temperatures/humidity levels and it does not like to be moved.
  • テーブルヤシ parlor palm by ume-yParlor palm – is a compact palm that is well suited to low light homes. It has lots of tiny fronds which are cute and tropical looking.  Water all around the base of the palm (not just in the middle) to make sure all of the separate fronds get a drink.
  • Lily by OiMaxPeace lily – a hardy plant with longish dark green leaves and white leaf like flowers.  Thrives in low light, does not like to be overwatered.
  • rubber plant, 5 years on; sad anniversary by tvolRubber plant – an attractive plant with sturdy, glossy leaves.  Usually dark green or variegated.  Can tolerate low light and low moisture conditions.
  • mother-in-law's tongue by jeffreywilliamSnake plant – also called Mother in law’s tongue.  This is a tough plant with vertical spear-like leaves.  It can handle a range of lighting from low light to bright indirect light.  Drooping is a sign of too much water.  Wrinkled or bent leaves indicate not enough water.
  • Fensterblatt (Monstera deliciosa) by blumenbieneSplit-Leaf philodendron – a large tropical looking plant with oversized leaves.  Generally low maintenance (except it doesn’t like to be moved), it can tolerant low light conditions.  Also called monstera deliciosa.

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2 Responses to “Top 12 Low Light Houseplants”

  1. Julia says:

    Hey Jen!
    Mai Anh sent me your blog! This is great! I have actually been looking for plants that can thrive in low light and are fairly easy to care for…. I unfortunately have a black thumb. Can’t wait to peruse some more!

    • Jen Hubbard says:

      Hey Julia, good luck! I’m actually experimenting with some unusual plants next. I’ve heard that you can grow an attractive, low maintenance plant out of a sweet potato, who knew? I’ll let you know if I find any more winners to add to the list, hope you’re doing well!

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