Low Light Houseplants

Our tropical greenhouse is overflowing with beautiful foliage and includes a great selection of the best low-maintenance houseplants. There are many options for bright, sunny rooms, as well as rooms with low light conditions. Many houseplants are naturally adapted to low light and are ultra-efficient at capturing light. The trick is simply knowing which plants these are! Below is list of low light plants to help you spruce up the less sunny spots in your house or bring some life to your office space!


Sansevieria

Also known as Mother in Law’s Tongue or Snake Plant, these plants will grow anywhere. This plant loves to be ignored, so if you tend to forget about your plants or travel often, this is the perfect plant for you! While their growth is very slow, they can handle little to no sunlight while maintaining their life and beauty. These plants don't like a lot of water, so let them dry out thoroughly before watering them again. They also like their roots to be squished, so don't plant your snake plant in too big of a pot. If you are sizing up or repotting them, make sure the new container is no more than 1-2 inches wider/deeper than the current container. For more information on how to care for Snake Plants, read this blog!


Tillandsia

Also known as Air Plants, these strange little guys are good for any situation. Place them in hanging fixtures, organize them in glass bowls or vases, or position them in Air Plant stands. The options are endless! They do not require soil, and only need an occasional misting. If you live in a dry area, soaking them in a bowl of water for 2 minutes every now and then will help them greatly. They do not like direct sun, but their ideal lighting situation would be near a window that provides bright, indirect light. They can tolerate low light conditions as well.




Dracaena

These lovely plants come in many shapes, sizes and varieties. Over-watering is one of the most common causes of death for Dracaenas. Let them dry out almost completely, then water deeply, saturating the soil until water begins to drain from the bottom of the container. It could take up to 3 weeks to dry out in the winter. Just remember with these plants, less is more when it comes to watering! If they develop root rot from overwatering, they are very difficult to save. For more information on Dracaena care, check out this blog!



Pothos

These lovely plants provide a lush greenery that is perfect to bring life to any corner, shelf or stairwell. They make excellent trailing plant for hanging baskets, and are relatively low maintenance. They can survive low light conditions, though their growth will slow as well. They really only need water every couple of weeks, largely depending on how much light they get. Let the soil dry out almost completely before giving them a good, thorough soak. You will also know your plant needs water if the leaves start to droop.




Ferns

Also beautiful and lush, with unique leaf patterns, ferns prefer moist conditions. Keep their soil moist, but avoid overwatering. If their soil stays super soggy, they will likely rot and die. Since these plants usually thrive in humid environments, misting them daily or placing a humidifier nearby will help keep them from drying out.



Ivy

Similar to Pothos, these beautiful trailing plants come in several different varieties from lush green to unique variegation. Water them when the soil has had a chance to mostly dry out. They will tolerate low light just fine, though they will not produce new growth as quickly as if they were in a bright and sunny area. If the leaves of your Ivy begin to turn red, this means it is becoming magnesium deficient. If this happens, simply add a tablespoon of Epsom salt, and viola!


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