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One rule I live by is this. Each room in your house should have a minimum of 3 plants in it. But what if your home doesn’t have a lot of natural light and needs low light plants? This post is for you.
Some rooms in my home have a ton of bright, natural light (like my office and living room) so filling those with plants is easy! But a few of our rooms have small windows with not a lot of light which makes it much harder. I’ve found a handful of plants that grow well in low light spots. Here they are!
7 Amazing Low Light Plants
Pothos plants are by far the easiest plant ever. These plants can live with minimal light (and to be honest, minimal water if you happen to forget about it for awhile). You can even snake the plant around a room to make it feel like there’s more plants in it (or propagate it!).
Pothos plants were my go to plants to bring to the office when I worked in “corporate America”. Fluorescent light and zero real sun didn’t face these hardy plants! Bring them to the office, put them in the bathroom or stick them in the corner of a room and they’ll do just fine.
Swing on over to this post to learn all about pothos plants as well as watch a video on how to propagate them.
2. Bird’s Nest Fern
This is a new plant to me but I love it! It’s so easy to care for and provides a fun look to a room with their crinkly leaves. We have this in the hallway in our main level which only gets a bit of sun.
Be sure to water this one weekly though! It doesn’t like to dry out. If the leaves look a little droopy, check their soil first before you think they need more light.
photo by Emily John Photography
3. ZZ Plant
Rishi had one of these in his condo before we got married and despite getting little to no light, it did amazing! We have one of these in my office where it gets a good amount of light, one in our bedroom with minimal light and one in our living room that doesn’t get much light at all. And guess what? They all do really well!
This is another plant that can do just fine if you are a sporadic waterer. I aim for once a week but they’ll be ok if you forget!
The pot is sitting in the basket – here’s where you can find the basket!
4. Spider Plant
Spider plants are right on par with pothos plants. Both are super easy to care for and make a big impact in a room. They adapt well to all light and will do just fine in low light areas. Ideally they like indirect light so if they look a little sad, you can always pop them in a better lit situation for a little bit to perk them up a bit!
Once spider plants start producing babies you can have tons and tons of spider plants all over your home – perfect for getting to that 3 plants per room rule! Check out my spider plant care post complete with a video teaching you how to propagate the babies!
5. Snake Plant
Snake plants may give spider plants and pothos a run for their money at being the easiest plants ever.
Side note: Maybe this post should actually be “the easiest houseplants ever” ha!
These beauties can tolerate low light and watering whenever the heck you feel like it and they’ll still look amazing. Snake plants can even keep the air in your home clean by removing 107 air pollutants like formaldehyde and benzene according to NASA research and it produces a lot of oxygen at night.
In short, get one of these!
You can read my whole snake plant care post here!
6. Lucky Bamboo
Ok technically these do best in bright light but they can survive in low light (I know because mine lived in a dark corner for about 6 months and did great ha)! Essentially they just grow better with more light but they’ll survive with low light.
When it comes to water, these plants come in a variety of ways – just in water, with pebbles or in soil. If it comes in water you just need to swap out the water every week or so. Same with the pebbles. Mine is in soil so I just make sure it stays wet most of the time!
This is another that will grow better in bright light but it tolerates low light. This plant has quickly rose to the top of my favorite plants list. It’s big, bold and the leaves are amazing!
find my monstera pot here
There you have it! Seven of my favorite low light plants. If you’re a beginner plant person, start with one of these! You can’t go wrong with a hard to kill plant. 😉 Which one of these is your favorite?
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