Indoor Plant Love.

Houseplants bring color and life to any room, which is why if you come to my house, you will find at least 3-4 houseplants in every room. Indoor plants offer a great way to add life to any room in your home, but they also have many health benefits. Certain indoor plants can reduce our stress levels, produce oxygen, can help us feel better, filters air pollutants and some even have healing powers. Growing up, I have always been surrounded by plants and flowers;  my mother worked at a Greenhouse Nursery for over 10 years, and through her experience and training she started her own business and has become very successful…GO MOM!

So naturally, I am drawn to all things green and leafy for my home decor! My husband often rolls his eyes when I sneak through the door with yet another carload of plants. I admit, I may have a slight addiction to buying houseplants and succulents, but I honestly cannot help myself!

Even though I should have no excuses for neglecting (and sometimes killing) my houseplants, I struggle sometimes with keeping them healthy and happy. Either watering them too much, too little, placing them in too much sunlight, or not enough. And I think this is a problem for many other plant lovers who accidentally cause stress and eventually kill their beloved houseplants.

For this post, I want to focus on hardy plants that thrive in low light settings. In most cases, this would be the majority of your plants. In bathrooms, bookshelves, nightstands or other rooms in your home with little direct sunlight. I have complied a list of indoor houseplants that require low light and are easy to care for. Take a look at my list, read about how to generally care for them, and do a little research of your own. I hope this helps you and your plants have a more healthy relationship! Good luck!

Here are some of my houseplants, as you can see, some are thriving and others are simply surviving.

 

LOW LIGHT PLANTS:

 

POTHOS:

 

ABOUT: Pothos will thrive in any room of your home as long as you keep it out of full sun. It’s an easy-care vining plant that you can trail out of a hanging basket, climb up a pole or other structure, or just left to crawl over a tabletop or mantel. Pothos comes in a variety of colors: dark green, chartreuse, white-and-green, yellow-and-green, and spotted silver.

LIGHT: low to bright light. The more light Pothos gets, the more variegation (stripes) you will see in its leaves. 60-75 degrees F.; keep the soil moderately dry

CARE: Water whenever the soil feels dry, and trim back the plant if it starts to get leggy (too long).

SIZE: Trailing plant 8 feet long

NOTE: All parts of this plant are poisonous and can cause severe irritation of the lips, tongue, and throat if eaten or chewed by pets or children.

 

ZZ PLANT:

 

 

ABOUT: Sometimes called eternity plant because it lasts so long, succulent zeezee plant tolerates low light and neglect. The thick, fleshy leafstalks are so durable that you might even think it’s plastic. It is a slow grower, so purchase a large plant if you want a big specimen. Cut stems remain green and healthy in appearance for several weeks, even without water.

LIGHT: Low to bright light; 60-75 degrees F.; allow the soil to dry between waterings

Size: 2-3 feet tall and wide

Note: This plant is poisonous if eaten or chewed on by children or pets.

 

PHILODENDRON:

Philodendron

ABOUT: Probably the most popular houseplant in the world, heartleaf philodendron, Philodendron hederaceum, is super tolerant of dark interiors. This fast-growing vine works well in hanging baskets or trained to climb a small trellis or totem. All you have to do is water it when the soil feels dry to the touch.

LIGHT: Low to bright light; 60-80 degrees F.; allow the soil surface to dry between waterings

SIZE: Trailing or climbing to 8 feet or more

NOTE: All parts of this plant are poisonous and can cause severe irritation of the lips, tongue, and throat if eaten or chewed by pets or children.

 

 

CHINESE EVERGREEN: (Aglaonema)

Chinese evergreen

LIGHT: They thrive in low light, so you can place them in locations where other houseplants won’t grow. Being tropicals, they like warm, slightly humid conditions with room temperatures of at least 65 degrees.

CARE: Leaf tips can turn brown if the air is too dry. Water well, let drain, and then let the soil dry slightly before doing so again. Overwatering is the most frequent way houseplants are killed.

 

SNAKE PLANT: (Sansevieria)

 

This carefree succulent plant tolerates neglect extremely well. If you’ve had no success with houseplants other than plastic ones, give snake plant a try. In addition to the tall form pictured here, shorter, bird’s-nest forms are available. All types withstand low light but appreciate brighter conditions. The only problem likely to develop is root rot if you overwater the plant.

LIGHT: Low to bright light; 60-85 degrees F.; allow the soil surface to dry between waterings

SIZE: To 4 feet tall and wide

 

PARLOR PALM: (Chamaedorea elegans)

Parlor Palm

LIGHT: The parlor palm is a slow-growing Mexican native that does well in low-light situations.

SIZE: It grows 4 feet tall and makes a bold statement in any room.

CARE: Parlor palm only needs to be watered when the soil feels dry to the touch, but it does help to mist the plants once in awhile during the winter.

 

 

MONSTERA:

Monstera

ABOUT: Create a tropical getaway in your living room with Monstera deliciosa. Occasionally called Swiss cheese plant, Monstera produces huge, bright green, attractively cut leaves. Monstera has a dense, bushy shape, but over time, it will begin to stretch and climb a trellis or wood totem. If you want to keep the plant compact, simply prune back the vining branches.

CARE: Water Monstera whenever the soil feels dry to the touch, and fertilize once a month during the spring and summer.

 

CAST IRON PLANT: (Aspidistra)

Cast Iron

ABOUT: One of the toughest you can grow, cast-iron plant withstands neglect, low light, low humidity, and a wide range of temperatures. It grows slowly so purchase a plant that is large enough for the space in which you intend to use it. Several varieties have white or yellow variegation on their leaves.

LIGHT: Low light; 45-85 degrees F.; keep evenly moist during active growth, barely moist in fall and winter

SIZE: To 2 feet tall and wide

 

CORN PLANT: (Draceaena Massangeana)

Corn Plant

ABOUT: This beautiful houseplant offers variegated leaves and a single upright stem — so it resembles a decorative corn stalk without the ears. Plant several together in a large container for a fuller appearance.

LIGHT: these plants thrive in low light.

CARE: Water whenever the soil feels dry to the touch. Allow the soil surface to dry between waterings

SIZE: can grow 3-6 feet tall and thrive in low light.

NOTE: Corn plant is poisonous if eaten or chewed on by children or pets.

 

DRACAENA TRICOLOR:

Dracaena Tricolor

ABOUT: One of the most colorful members of the dracaena family, variety ‘Tricolor’ has beautiful, straplike red-green-and-cream leaves that add a touch of elegance to any room of your house. ‘Tricolor’ is often sold as a standard (tree form) in different heights so you can cluster several together to create a miniature forest.

LIGHT: low to bright light

CARE: Water whenever the soil feels dry to the touch and remove any faded leaves as they appear.

 

PEPEROMIA:

Peperomia

ABOUT: Perfect for terrariums or dish gardens, Peperomia grows only 4-10 inches tall and offers a wide selection of different leaf shapes and colors.

LIGHT: This plant grows best in medium to low light. It has few insect or disease problems.

 

SPIDER PLANT:

Spider Plant

ABOUT: Don’t let the common name of this amazing houseplant scare you off. Spider plant, also called airplane plant, gets its name from the many runners it sends out with baby plants at the tips. Available in dark green and variegated forms, spider plant, Chlorophytum comosum, makes a great tabletop or basket plant in low-light conditions. During the winter, mist the plants frequently to help prevent the leaf tips from turning brown.

 

YUCCA CANE

ABOUT: When you think of yucca plants, sunny desert conditions probably come to mind. But indoors, yucca cane is almost as happy in a dark corner where you can enjoy its leathery green, lancelike foliage and attractive tan bark. The plant won’t grow as quickly in a dark room as it does in a sunny spot, but it will be just fine as long as you don’t overwater it. Offer moisture only when the soil feels dry to the touch.

 

PEACOCK PLANT: (Calathea)

Peacock

Its patterned and colorful leaves makes this plant a lovely addition to any room – it grows well in medium to low light and requires consistent moisture for best performance.

 

 

*source: Better Homes & Gardens

 

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