The Best Low Light House Plants

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Low light house plants are a sound choice when seeking foliage for a darkened part of an interior. It’s impossible with traditional and regular residential buildings to get strong daylight to every single square meter of the home. There will also be some corners and areas that will receive less light than others. However, that doesn’t mean these spaces have to miss out on natural fauna for there are low light plants which can thrive in such conditions.

The most popular indoor plant for shady interior spaces are bamboo plants. Bamboo is very versatile and is easily adaptable to a wide variety of conditions. Due to its natural habitat being in the thick forests of Asia, the bamboo plant family is a sensible choice for darker areas of the home interior. Some bamboo plants are seen as lucky symbols which are said to bring fortune and prosperity and are widely seen as ideal gifts. With some watering and avoidance of prolonged direct sunlight, a lucky bamboo plant will become a long-lasting permanent decorative feature to a shady area of your home.

Another popular choice of low light house plant is the spider plant. Their look gives them their name due to the multiple downward growing stalks that take on the vague appearance of spider’s legs. That said, they are not going to be the bane of people with arachnophobia for this minimal light plant is an attractive species native to South Africa which will enhance any interior in which it is placed. Spider plants are also extremely easy to take care of.

The golden pothos vine is probably one of the most bulky of low light plants for the home. These plants thrive in moderate conditions and with a little added fertilizer can become a long lasting aesthetically pleasing fixture to a living room, bedroom or home study. It’s alternative name is Devil’s Ivy probably because of its insoluble calcium oxalates. As long as the leaves are not ingested, there is absolutely no danger however it is wise to keep the golden pothos vine out of reach of young children and overly inquisitive household pets.

A final low light house plant I want to mention is the snake plant which is also known as the Mother-in-Law’s tongue. When seeking the most resilient of house plants for low light areas then this is probably the most appropriate for your needs. The leaves are very strong and thus not prone to damage. One drawback is it’s toxicity if, like the Devil’s Ivy, it is ingested and thus it should be kept clear of children and animals. This plant is extremely versatile in that it can thrive in a wide range of conditions from prolonged direct sun to constant shade. The leaves of this plant tend to have a couple or more different shades which make it an ideal ornamental plant for low light areas of the home.

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Will Creed 08.08.10 at 21:49

The information posted here is not at all accurate. The photo of the “bamboo” is called Lucky Bamboo, but experienced plant professionals know that it is not even in the same family as Bamboo. It is a Dracaena sanderiana, it does not come from Asia and it is a medium, not low light plant.

The Spider Plant will not hold up for long in low light. It really requires direct indoor sunlight in order to thrive.

The Snake Plant will survive for about one year in low light and then it will fall apart irreparably. Except for the short term, it is not a good low light plant.

Better low light plants are Dracaena ‘Janet Craig,’ Dracaena ‘Lisa,’ ZZ Plant, Aglaonema, Peace Lily, Dracaena massangeana, and Chamaedorea elegans.

Interior designers know design, but they often do not know indoor plants. Go to my website for professional plant advice and information: http://www.HorticulturalHelp.com

Eva Maryam 08.09.10 at 02:23

Hi …
What indoor house plants are best for ‘low-light’ areas that do not get direct sun? Will they survive well through winter since the windows will not be opened to allow air flow

Thanks…
Eva Maryam

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