Indoor Gardening: What Are the Best Low-Light Indoor Plants?

There’s something about greenery that makes us humans feel nice. That’s why there’s no wonder when everyone dreams about a perfect garden. But it’s a fact that not every single individual has one! While it is true that not every home has loads of space, there’s no reason for keeping yourself away from your green dream!

Brown leather armchair and indoor plants in pots

Indoor plants take up minimal space and are fairly easy to keep alive, and many of them require just a slight amount of sun and have several benefits. That’s why planting hanging baskets is so cool! And that’s also why big leaf indoor plants are a trend! So, can an indoor garden paradise be a real thing after all? Of course! The only thing you need to know is what this garden needs to be made of!

4 benefits of indoor plants

After much research, science is clear on the benefits of indoor plants. From air purification and increased productivity to stress reduction, nothing will add more beauty and have a positive impact on health than their foliage.

1.  House Plants Can Increase Oxygen Levels

You probably heard it before, but plants respire in just the same way that we humans do: absorbing oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. The thing that makes plants and people great partners is that during photosynthesis, plants would release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. So, they clear the air from toxins and increase humidity.

In fact, 6 to 8 medium to large plants may just be enough to make a noticeable difference in the air quality. It is important to keep them clean and take them outdoors periodically to receive natural sunlight and recharge, so to speak.

2.  They Improve Your Immune System

No, you’re not eating or using the plants, but they can do enormous good in spreading the positive chemicals that support your immune system which, in turn, help fight off the cold, flu and other illnesses.

Plants have phytoncides, airborne chemicals, which help reduce the amount of stress you feel throughout the day. Once you feel less stressed, your immune system gets a natural boost.

3.  Boost Your Mental Well-being and Decrease Levels of Anxiety

In a study when 28 plants were placed in common areas of a rehab centre in Norway, patients exhibited an increase in well-being and general mental health in comparison to those who did not have any greenery added.

Girl take care of her indoor plants

Explanations for that would range from the emotional satisfaction and calming effect of the colour green to the relaxing sensation you get from some floral scents. Whatever it is, it is abundantly clear that having indoor house plants around you can provide stimulation to the senses which, in turn, can aid in mental cognition.

4.  House Plants Increase Productivity Levels

It’s all about how your home is decorated. Empty spaces with no form of personalisation can be dull and just demotivating. But knowing how to arrange plants in your living room or hanging them from the ceiling can offer a great boost. Productivity has been shown to be higher when plants fill in that empty space and mental fatigue has been shown to be reduced.

Plants also boost your attentiveness levels as one study published by The Royal College of Agriculture in Cirencester, England, found. It also reported that students showed up in big numbers for lectures given in classrooms with plants.

Low light indoor plants: What are they and how to care for them?

While everyone loves indoor plants, low-light conditions are always a big challenge for the indoor gardener. Many tiny flats and houses get an insanely low amount of natural light, stripping the space from precious sun rays. Hence, enjoying a house plant might just seem an inevitably impossible option with no perfect conditions to cater to the air, light and water requirements.

Luckily, this is not always the case as there are many plants that thrive happily in indoor spaces and require little water such as Begonia, Chinese evergreens, Peperomia, Dracaena, Bromeliads, Dieffenbachia, Jewel Orchid, Calathea, Monstera, among others.

However, it is important to bear in mind that such plants will likely do fine in an east or west-facing living room with a window or two. They can still survive even with no direct sunshine, but It is highly recommended to avoid living rooms with no windows as this will make it harder even for the most shade-tolerant plants to grow and flourish.

The 9 best indoor low-light houseplants for your home

So, let’s have a look at the best options that you have while creating your indoor garden like a pro!

1. Snake Plant (Sansevieria Species)

It is a common house plant, generally referred to as mother-in-law’s tongue. It is a type recognised by its evergreen, strappy, sword-shaped leaves. Snake plants come in different shapes: with wide and short, narrow and long, and even cylindrical leaves that look like little spikes. It can remove harmful toxic air pollutants and filter indoor air, even at night.

Snake plants on table

Snake plants are resilient, hardy, and can survive in relatively dry environments. Therefore, it is important that you avoid overwatering them. Place the plant in a drained pot and only water the soil when it’s completely dry. These evergreen perennials are very long-lived and they do also prefer warm conditions.

 2. Pothos Plant (Epipremnum Aureum)

Also known as Devil’s Ivy, it is an extremely versatile plant that can adapt to a wide range of light conditions and moisture levels and happily thrive in quite deep shade. It is one of the easiest plants to grow and can even be trained up a wall, thanks to its trailing, vine-like growth habit. It is native to Southeast Asia and Western Pacific Islands.

Pothos is an incredibly low-maintenance plant and needs no frequent watering as it can go for weeks without a sip of water. Monitor the soil during the growing season in spring and summer and give it a dose of fertilizer every three to four months. Given the fact that Pothos can do well in low-light, it can also survive in steamy conditions or dry air. It is also easy to propagate pothos to keep more of this plant in your house!

3. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

It is considered one of the most adaptable house plants and is named after its spider-like leaves, which dangle down from the mother plant. It can survive in a wide range of conditions and can grow in low-light hallways, dark bedrooms, and bathrooms. It is also called an aeroplane plant because it produces baby plants at its tips.

When caring for spider plants, make sure to provide them with well-drained soil, indirect, and bright light. You should also take into account that they enjoy cooler temperatures. Water them well but not to a point where they get soggy, which can lead to root rot. If the leaf tips turn brown, increase the humidity around the plant and snip off the brown tips with scissors.

4. Nerve Plant (Fittonia Species)

It is native to Peru and has striking leaves of pink and green, white and green, or green and red. It is small so it’s ideal for windowsill planters, small containers, or terrariums. It adds a frilly colour to low-light areas and its blooms are rarely seen when it is grown indoors as a house plant.

Nerve plant in a pot

Given the fact that they are considered tropical plants, they require a high humidity environment and misting may be recommended to maintain such conditions. Water them moderately and place them in a warm area, avoiding draughts, which may well shock the plant. Due to the plant’s trailing nature, it can lead to a straggly appearance. Therefore, prune the tips to create a bushier plant.

5. Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena Sanderiana)

Originally native to Africa, Lucky Bamboo plants are said to bring good luck and fortune and are sold in a wide array of artistic shapes such as braids, loops, curlicues, and hearts. Although the name resembles stalks of bamboo, it is not related to bamboo, but rather to a succulent. They grow very slowly in low-light and can survive in vases of pure water or in containers of soil, and in a wide variety of light conditions.

In order for your Lucky Bamboo to be healthy, certain conditions have to be met. Avoid direct sunlight as it will scorch the leaves as they are more tolerant to low light. Make sure that the soil is moist, but not soaked. Also, it is a good idea to maintain an average humidity all around.

6. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia)

This “indestructible” plant grows in a graceful, wand-like shape and can take months and months of neglect and still look amazing. It has a waxy, shiny coating that makes it appear to resemble those made of plastic, which is why It is very common for people to think of it as an artificial plant. It is an ideal choice for a windowless office or a closed space where it receives small amounts of fluorescent light.

Keep the fronds free from dust. To keep the leaves glossy and beautiful, simply wipe them with a damp towel and that will do it. Only water the plant when the soil has dried out and avoid overwatering it at all costs. You can also give it a half-strength fertiliser one to two times a year and only in the summer months.

7. Cast-iron plant (Aspidistra Elatior)

If you are looking for a plant that can survive temperature fluctuation, low humidity and irregular watering, the cast-iron plant is the one. This evergreen foliage plant is low-maintenance and can survive without problems when there’s not much light. It is generally looked at as one of the hard-to-kill house plants. It needs to be situated in full or partial shade with indirect sunlight and it is often used as a ground cover in tricky dry shady spots under trees.

Aspidistra in a green pot

It is best to place the plant in a pot with drainage holes and allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering. You also may consider an occasional wipe-down with a damp towel for the leaves tend to accumulate dust and prune any dead leaves as near to the soil as possible. Avoid frequent re-potting as it can disturb the roots and ultimately kill the plant.

8. Peace Lily (Spathyphylum)

Known as closet plants, it is great for people that don’t want to monitor watering and it makes an excellent house plant for offices and homes. It has dark green leaves and white flowers and it enjoys medium light and low light. There are a wide variety of sizes and types, most of which can grow wide with big, bold leaves. The white blooms generally appear in the spring and can last to two months or more.

Caring for your Peace Lily is not hard at all. But keep in mind to never water it on a schedule, but rather check it once a week and simply touch the top of the soil to see if it is dry. You can also re-pot them when they outgrow the container. They can thrive in rooms with no windows at all, so be sure to keep them away from any heating or cooling home appliances.

9. Philodendron

Known as a hanging plant, it has been a houseplant mainstay for decades. It can thrive in an indoor environment with not much light. It has both vining and shrub-like varieties. Heartleaf philodendron is the strongest species of philodendron and adding them to a hanging basket is a good idea if you have small children.

Set the plant in a location with indirect light, preferably somewhere near a window where the sun’s rays never actually touch the foliage. When growing Philodendron, allow the tip of the soil to dry out between waterings.

Many low light indoor plants at home

At the end of the day, you don’t have to be an expert or a gardener to understand that plants look attractive. Just dig a little deeper and you will discover the many benefits that go beyond the aesthetic.

Not only do indoor plants help reduce stress, improve air quality, enhance productivity and mental health in our homes, they also help make your space better. It is time to take advantage of this free splendid recipe that nature has given us.

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