Freshening up your living space doesn’t mean you need hours of direct sunlight. There are a handful of houseplants that thrive in low light areas indoors. Some can even help purify the air!
One key point to remember when buying plants is low light does not mean no light! All living things need water and sunlight to survive. Sunlight helps the plant to photosynthesize – this fuels plant growth.
Plants that prefer low light are looking for an area that doesn’t have direct sunlight, but it will be happy a few feet away from a window, or artificial grow light. They won’t thrive in a dark corner that receives no sunlight, but it will be content with a couple of hours of indirect sunshine.
As seasons change, so does the sunlight. You might need to move your plant family accordingly – don’t leave them in the dark!
Here are the top houseplants for low light areas in your home or office.
ZZ Plants (Zanzibar gem)
This tropical plant has been around for centuries. Their unique waxy, dark green leaves add texture to rooms. They are moderately drought tolerant because of their rhizome roots. They’re also part of the NASA Clean Air Study. They found ZZ plants removed toxins included xylene, toluene, and benzene from indoor air. Water when the soil is completely dry.
If you’re looking for an elegant tropical plant that flowers, peace lilies are for you. Peace lilies look fabulous even when they’re not in bloom. They have dark green, or even variegated, large-leafed foliage. Peace lilies need regular watering; if you miss a watering day, you will see the foliage wilt dramatically and even start to brown. They also appreciate humidity close by or mist regularity. If you want to help the plant produce more flowers, place in an area with a bit more indirect sunlight.
There are around 70 varieties of snake plants to choose from Each has different leaf structure and foliage hues; some with dark green stripes, others with almost pastel hints of green and yellow edging. Snake plants are some of the most forgiving houseplants – overwatering is what will kill them. They are adaptable to bright or lower light areas and low humidity. Snake plants are ideal for bedrooms because they convert CO2 (carbon dioxide) to O2 (oxygen) at night. Water when completely dry, and always plant in a soil that has good drainage to avoid root rot.
Intricate, patterned, jewel-like appearance and almost shimmery foliage, make rex begonias are beautiful houseplants. They are one of the most vibrant low-light houseplants; they are available in tones of green, burgundy, orange, pink and even silver. Keep soil slightly moist and keep away from direct sunlight to prevent any burning on the foliage. Also a great addition to terrariums.
Everyone’s must-have trailing plant is perfect for low light areas in homes and offices. Let the soil dry out in between watering to prevent root rot and yellowing leaves. They come in a wide variety of colours from the cherished variegated Marble Queen, to the vibrant leafed Neon, and the classic Jade; there’s a pothos plant for every style.
This tropical plant is prized for its low maintenance care and a high-impact touch of décor to a room. Dumb cane thrives in a spot with filtered sunlight for a few hours. When the top 2-3 inches are dry, it’s time to water. If you notice any brown tips or edges, boost the humidity in the room, or move to a well-lit bathroom. Perfect for larger areas and spaces that need vertical interest.