Low Light Houseplants

Top 10 Low Light Houseplants

Low light houseplants are welcome members of our collections. For hallways and those dimly lit areas away from windows, we would be at a loss without the selection of low light houseplants available.
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As we select indoor house plants to decorate our homes and offices, we need to include some low light houseplants to brighten and soften those dimly lit areas. Without them our decoration would be only a row of houseplants along the window sill. Here is a list of 10 top low light houseplants.

1. The Aspidastra, commonly called the Cast Iron Plant for its hardiness, has large dark green leaves that will grow to approximately 30″ in length. Each leaf sprouts from an underground stem. The variegated leaf variety requires more light.

2. The Aglaonema or Chinese Evergreen grows as a clump of variegated leaves on short stems. The leaves can grow to be 18″ long and the plant to be 36″ tall. This is a plant that can fill a large corner.

3. Several Dracaena varieties are suitable as low light houseplants. The Corn Plant, or Dracaena Massangeana, will grow to 5 or 6 feet in height with corn-like leaves on strong thin canes. Dracaena Warnekii, Marginata, and Janet Craig will also adapt to low light areas.

4. The Kentia Palm or Howea Forsteriana will tolerate lower light levels. It is an upright plant with wide fronds radiating from multiple stems. Although it will tolerate lower light levels, it prefers the brighter light of an eastern exposure.

5. Heart Leaf Philodendrons will tolerate low light but prefer it a little bit brighter. This vining houseplant with it’s heart shaped green leaves can be left to trail down from it’s pot or can be trained to climb around a support. This houseplant tolerates a wide range of growing conditions, so is an ideal plant for the beginner.
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6. Snake Plant or Sansevieria makes an excellent low light house plant. It’s stiff, pointed, upright leaves add texture to the room. The yellow coloring on the leaves will fade to green if the light level is too low. Let this plant dry out between waterings.

7. The Silver Lace Fern is a houseplant that can grow in the lowest light. This small fern with it’s green and silver colored fronds will add a splash of color to a dimly lit corner.

8. The Peace Lily or Spathiphyllum will tolerate bright to low light conditions. This plant is an exception as it will regularily flower in low light conditions.

9. Pothos or Devils Ivy is a vining plant with waxy variegated leaves. This houseplant will tolerate low light levels although, again the variegation of it’s leaves may lessen if there is too little light.

10. Zamioculcas Zamiifolia, called the ZZ Plant for obvious reasons, will adapt to nearly any lighting conditions. This native of East Africa is also called the Eternity Plant because of it’s long life. This low light house plant requires a minimum of care. Allow to dry out between waterings, then water thoroughly. The tuber from which the plant grows will take up the water and store it for the ZZ Plant’s continued use.

This listing is by no means complete, but it will give you some ideas of what you can select as a low light houseplant.

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