Do you want to brighten up a dark corner of your home or add a little life to the basement? There are a number of beautiful indoor plants that are ready for the job. A handful of tropical, broad-leaf plants are primed for low-light situations through basic biology: large leaves that soak up as much light as possible. Some also have a waxy outer layer that helps to retain moisture and makes them double-duty crowd-pleasers and low maintenance indoor plants as well.
Houseplants to Grow in Low-Light Areas
Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen)
Aglaonema have striking variegated leaves in shades of red, pink, yellow, and green. Pop this plant in a space that needs brightening up and you won’t have any need for flowers. Chinese evergreens thrive in low-light areas and they are also very drought-tolerant, so if you forget to water it for a while there will be no harm done. Perfect for people new to houseplants or those who consider themselves “black thumb gardeners.”
Chlorophytum comosum (Spider Plant)
Spider plants love low light and do not require much attention other than occasional watering when the soil feels dry. They send out long spindly leaves and small white flowers that will cascade down the edge of their container, making them a great choice for an indoor hanging basket.
Dracaena fragrans (Corn Plant)
These low-maintenance houseplants look like small tropical palms, so they will bring a ray of sunshine to that dim, drab area you’ve been meaning to spruce up. Place it somewhere that doesn’t get any direct sunlight and water occasionally, being careful not to overwater. Keep in mind that corn plant is toxic to cats and dogs, so if you have a furry friend that likes to chew on the houseplants, skip this one.
Epipremnum aureum (Devil’s Ivy)
If you want a plant that can lend itself to a hanging basket in a low-light spot, this one’s for you! Plant it in a basket or up on a pedestal and watch the variegated green leaves trail down in an elegant display.
Maranta leuconeura (Prayer Plant)
Marantha leuconeura is a good choice if you want something with bright foliage to add a pop of color to a drab area of the house because its leaves have variegation in rich green, purple, yellow, and red. This houseplant needs to be kept out of direct sunlight in order for the variegated pattern on the leaves to remain vibrant. Plant it in well-draining soil and mist its leaves regularly. The leaves will point upwards at night like hands in prayer, which is where it got its common name “prayer plant.”
Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid)
If you want something that blooms to bring a little color to a dark corner of your home, choose a moth orchid! They like low light and will bloom away happily if planted in a soil-less orchid mix, watered regularly, and given a simple humidity tray.
Sansevieria (Snake Plant)
Snake plants are known for being difficult to kill, so they are perfect for a small windowless bathroom, stairway, or bedroom corner. Sansevieria is a type of succulent, which means it retains water in its leaves and can be easy to overwater. Pay attention and only water when the soil feels completely dry to the touch, every three weeks or so.
Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily)
These pretty houseplants have lush, dark green leaves and delicate white flowers, but in addition to being beautiful, they also do an exceptional job of cleaning the air and keeping it healthy for us. Peace lilies do well in dark or bright areas, so feel free to place these all over your home if you like!
These plants like to be kept moist and humid, so water regularly and mist the leaves as well to keep your peace lily happy and blooming. If you aren’t watering it enough, you will know because the leaves will droop. Don’t worry, if you see this happening just give it a good drink and watch it perk back up in no time. Peace lilies take well to propagation, so you can divide them and get new plants for other dark areas in your home.
Zamioculcas zamiifolia (Zee Zee Plant)
Not only does this houseplant grow happily in low-light areas of the home, it is also very low maintenance and can be left alone with no attention at all for long periods of time, so you can go on vacation and not worry about coming home to a dead plant. Its glossy, bright green leaves add a cheerful pop of color to any dark space.
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