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Adding houseplants is a great way to enliven any living space. Regardless of whether you have a large area or a small one, a bright and sunny space, or dim corners, you can bring in some indoor plants to lift up the room. And, that’s why we have some of the best low light indoor plants for you — complete with their maintenance schedule.

These gorgeous low-light plants will brighten up each corner of your home. And you! Studies have shown that indoor plants improve your mood, reduce any kind of fatigue, stress, or anxiety, improve your office productivity (a boon if you have a home office) and boost healing. And, most importantly, indoor plants improve your home’s air quality too. 

Where should you place low-light indoor plants?

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These low-light houseplants can handle being in a shady corner of your house, even in a basement. Keep in mind that a south-facing room with lots of windows will have a good amount of sunlight. An east- or west-facing room will have medium light. A north-facing room is usually considered a low-light room. If such a room also happens to be window-less, it will be a challenge to keep even the most shade-tolerant plants. As a solution, you should leave your artificial lights on for 12 hours a day. Make sure you keep rotating the low-light indoor plants into different rooms for a few weeks at a time.

The best place inside the house for low light indoor plants is an east- or west-facing room that has a window or two. 

Best low light indoor plants

To create perfect home decor with lots of green plants, it’s important that you spend a little time researching the types of plants best suited for your rooms, and their requirements. Here are the top indoor plants for you.

Peace Lily 

  • Optimum light condition: Partial shade to full shade
  • Water requirement: Moderate to high moisture
  • Basic attribute: Dark green foliage with white flowers

Peace lilies are one of the most popular low-light indoor plants. The plant looks really beautiful with its large green leaves and white flowers. While it can take a lot of neglect, it does need ample watering. A dry spell will make the foliage wilt. The shade-loving plant should be kept at a place that gets indirect light. Keep it away from pets and small children though.

Lucky Bamboo 

  • Optimum light condition: Partial shade to full shade
  • Water requirement: Moderate to high moisture
  • Basic attributes: Green stalks with pointed leaves

The best characteristic of a bamboo plant is that it can be grown in either water or soil. According to Feng shui practices, lucky bamboo plants are believed to bring good luck and fortune. More so if the plants are a gift. No wonder, it’s a popular indoor plant in many offices and homes. While it prefers growing in well-lit areas, it gladly thrives in low-light areas too. However, remember to keep it away from pets and drafts.

ZZ Plant

ZZ Plant
  • Optimum light condition: Partial shade to full shade
  • Water requirement: Moderate moisture; allow to dry out between waterings
  • Basic attributes: Dark green foliage, slightly thick leaves

The ZZ plant is a low-maintenance houseplant that needs absolutely no care. It can survive easily without natural sunlight and can also tolerate drought well. That’s why it’s the perfect choice for a windowless office or a dark corner in the house. 

Read more: Garden maintenance tips every gardener must know

Spider Plant

  • Optimum light condition: Partial shade
  • Water requirement: Moderate moisture
  • Basic attributes: Green, variegated foliage

The spider plant is easily one of the most adaptable houseplants. As the name suggests, the plant has spider-like offshoots. These dangle beautifully down from the parent plant — almost like spiders on a web. Spider plants can be hanging or trailing, so you can either plant them in baskets or pots. These plants are known to survive for a long time in less-than-ideal light conditions. They grow well even in artificial light. Make sure to water the plant regularly to prevent drying out the soil.

Golden Pothos

  • Optimum light condition: Partial shade to full shade
  • Water requirement: Moderate moisture
  • Basic attributes: Green or variegated foliage

If you’re a budding gardener, pothos will be the easiest plant to grow. They can thrive in the most imperfect conditions, including darkness and a lack of water. Another reason why pothos is one of the most popular houseplants is that they look attractive with vines and smooth, heart-shaped leaves. Some of the varieties have leaves with distinctive marbling variegation.

Snake Plant

Snake Plant
  • Optimum light condition: Partial shade
  • Water requirement: Moderate moisture
  • Basic attributes: Dark green foliage. Thick leaves with gray-green stripes

A snake plant, also called mother-in-law’s tongue, is not just one of the best low-light indoor plants, it’s also easy to grow and an air-purifying plant. It has a long life and can last for decades. While it prefers growing in partial shade, it can easily tolerate shady conditions too. Make sure not to overwater it as that can cause root rot and kill the plant.

Philodendron

  • Optimum light condition: Partial shade
  • Water requirement: Moderate moisture
  • Basic attributes: Green foliage, toxic

Philodendrons add a tropical feel to any space, a jungle-like vibe thanks to their long green vines. No wonder, most plant lovers include these as part of their interior decor. Moreover, they are easy to care for.

Be sure to keep the leaves clean so that they look and grow well. The best place for philodendrons is near a window that gets bright but indirect sunlight. In really low-light settings, they might develop a leggy growth with lots of space between the leaves. 

Staghorn Fern

  • Optimum light condition: Full shade
  • Water requirement: Moderate moisture; allow to dry out before watering
  • Basic attributes: Green foliage

This variety of ferns are epiphytic. That is to say, they grow naturally on other plants instead of in the soil. Interestingly, you can grow them mounted on wood boards — creating unique natural art pieces. They grow well in shady spots and may burn in direct sunlight. 

English Ivy

English Ivy
  • Optimum light condition: Partial shade to full shade
  • Water requirement: Moderate moisture
  • Basic attributes: Dark green foliage, beautifully shaped leaves

English ivy is perfect as a ground cover outdoors. In addition, it’s also a low-light indoor plant. You can grow it in hanging baskets and witness its beautiful trailing effect. It’s best to place your English ivy in a corner that gets indirect light. Regularly mist the plant to maintain an adequate amount of humidity and cool temperatures — ideally around 60 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Cast Iron Plant

  • Optimum light condition: Partial shade to full shade
  • Water requirement: Moderate moisture
  • Basic attributes: Dark green foliage, longish leaves

Cast-iron plants are so-called as they are believed to be indestructible houseplants. They can tolerate a lack of light and water to a large extent. Before watering the plant, you should do a moisture test. Stick your finger in the soil and if it’s dry, only then water the soil. Keep in mind that direct sunlight may burn the leaves. The ideal placement of this indoor plant is next to a north-facing window.

Maidenhair Fern

  • Optimum light condition: Partial shade to full shade
  • Water requirement: High moisture
  • Basic attributes: Medium green thick foliage

This fern variety looks stunning with its delicate, fan-shaped leaves — clustered on dark stems. It’s a hugely popular low-light indoor plant as it adds a lovely pop of green to a living space. The plant needs moist soil (but not soggy) and indirect sunlight to thrive. They grow best in warm, humid environments. 

Anthurium

Anthurium plant
  • Optimum light condition: Partial shade
  • Water requirement: Moderate to high moisture
  • Basic attributes: Lush foliage. Beautiful red, pink, or white flowers

Anthurium is a tropical plant that sports bright flowers and enviable lush foliage — a sight for sore eyes! If you keep them indoors, make sure to provide them with high humidity and keep the soil moist. Choose a spot that gets indirect light. Also, keep them away from pets.

Chinese Evergreen or Aglaonema

  • Optimum light condition: Partial shade to full shade
  • Water requirement: Moderate to high moisture
  • Basic attributes: Dark green to silver foliage

The plant features short stems with oval, glossy green leaves. It thrives in the shade as well as bright, indirect light, and produces the best color if it’s a variegated variety. But, remember that direct sunlight can burn the foliage. 

Swiss Cheese Plant or Monstera

Monstera plant
  • Optimum light condition: Partial shade
  • Water requirement: Moderate moisture
  • Basic attributes: Beautifully split large leaves

This split-leaf philodendron is quite a charmer thanks to its large, leathery, green leaves with distinctive holes. It grows naturally in shady conditions as well as indirect light. It’s a great indoor plant that adds a beautiful vibe to a room.

Prayer Plant

  • Optimum light condition: Partial shade to full shade
  • Water requirement: Moderate to high moisture
  • Basic attributes: Dark green leaves with yellow and red variegations

The prayer plant lets its leaves do the talking. The tricolor leaves are absolutely stunning. This low-growing tropical plant grows well indoors but needs adequate warmth and humidity. It’s quite tolerant to low-light conditions. The best place to keep a prayer plant is next to a window that gets bright, indirect light.

Dragon Tree 

  • Optimum light condition: Partial shade
  • Water requirement: Moderate moisture
  • Basic attributes: Green foliage, upward-pointing leaves

The hardy, easy-to-maintain plant can tolerate shady conditions but may need repotting every two to three years. When in lower light conditions, it tends to grow smaller leaves than when outdoors. If indoors, the dragon tree doesn’t reach more than 6 feet in height.

Wax Begonia

  • Optimum light condition: Partial shade
  • Water requirement: Moderate to high moisture
  • Basic attributes: Small leaves. Red, pink, or white flowers

These colorful little plants can be quite low-maintenance. They grow indoors as well as outside, but only in indirect sunlight. Place them near a bright, indirect window for optimal flowering. 

Arrowhead Plant or Syngonium 

  • Optimum light condition: Indirect sunlight
  • Water requirement: Moderate moisture
  • Basic attributes: Arrow-shaped robust leaves

This easy-to-grow plant has minimal needs. A great low light plant, it’s really easy to take care of. If you’re just starting out, and not sure of possessing a green thumb, this plant is perfect for you. Make sure that you regularly prune the leaves to keep them neat. Or else, they may become unruly.

Corn Plant

corn plant
  • Optimum light condition: Partial shade
  • Water requirement: Moderate moisture
  • Basic attributes: Green foliage. Narrow leaves

The plant produces thick canes, or stems, and long, narrow leaves. When indoors, it can grow up to 6 feet tall. Keep in mind that direct sunlight can wilt and burn the leaves. Keep it in a fairly shady spot. 

Polka Dot Plant 

  • Optimum light condition: Partial shade
  • Water requirement: Moderate moisture
  • Basic attributes: Spotted leaves in pink, green, purple, red, and white

The plant has the most amazing, eye-catching foliage. The leaves generally have a pink base color and green spots. These plants grow indoors and outdoors (in shade). In fact, too much sunlight can fade the foliage colors. The best place for such a type of plant is near an east- or south-facing window.  

Last thoughts

If you’re under the impression that all plants need tons of sunlight, that’s not necessarily the case. There are plenty of low-light indoor plants that are quite forgiving in nature. They are easy-maintenance plants too. 

If you’re an avid plant lover, these low-light indoor plants can add a beautiful touch of Mother Nature to every corner of your home. Go ahead, make your home look brighter and better!

Read more: 15 easy maintenance evergreen bushes for the front of your house

20 best low light indoor plants for your home was last modified: July 20th, 2021 by Ramona Sinha

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