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 you need low light plants? This post is just for you!
Some rooms in my home have a ton of bright, natural light (like my office where I have a million plants and my living room that has sliding glass doors to our backyard) so filling those with plants is easy!
But a few of our rooms (such as our dining room) have small windows with not a lot of light which makes it much harder. Or the spots with windows don’t have good places for plants (like our kids’ rooms).
Over the years I’ve found a handful of plants that grow well in low light spots. And they’re not boring or ugly! 😉 Here are 7 of the best low light plants.
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7 Amazing Low Light Plants
Pothos plants are by far the easiest plant ever and my first ever plant! My mom gave me a couple pothos when I lived in the dorms in college (hello, no light!) and they’ve been propagated into more plants than I can count.
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 and 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. (Initially I had it in my office before I realized it didn’t need that much light!) This plant does well in both low and bright light so it’s super versatile.
Be sure to water this one weekly though! It doesn’t like to dry out. If the leaves look a little droopy, it likely just needs some water! Check the soil – if it’s dry, give it some water and it’ll perk up in no time.
This plant doesn’t grow super fast so you don’t have to worry about it getting overcrowded quickly.
photos by Emily John Photography
3. ZZ Plant
Rishi (my husband) had one of these in his condo before we got married and despite getting little to no light, it did amazing! We were shocked with how well it did with being far away from the one wall of windows.
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! These are also really easy to propagate as well. You can find all the zz plant care tips and propagation how to’s over on this post!
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!
Also fun plant tip. You can easily disguise an ugly pot by putting it in a basket! The pot this zz plant is in is sitting in this basket which I also love because it adds a ton of texture. Click here to check out 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’re also super easy to propagate!
Spider plants adapt well to all light and will do just fine in low light areas. This tiger pot is actually sitting on a shelf that doesn’t get any direct light.
Ideally spider plants thrive best in 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! I often times will put my spider plants and pothos plants in good indirect light when I know I’ll be gone for a weekend to give them a little lift.
Once spider plants start producing babies you can have tons and tons of spider plants all over your home. They’re incredibly easy to propagate and perfect for getting to that 3 plants per room rule that I mentioned earlier!
Check out my spider plant care post complete with a video teaching you how to propagate the babies!
One thing to note – spider plants like to get pretty root bound before they produce babies. If your plant isn’t producing babies, don’t repot it! Give it some time to see if it will start shooting babies out. I’ve had a couple that have taken years to produce babies and other that take months! Have patience. 🙂
5. Snake Plant
Snake plants (also called mother-in-law tongue as well as lots of other names!) may give spider plants and pothos a run for their money at being the easiest plants ever. These amazing plants are incredibly hardy!
Side note: Maybe this post should actually be “the easiest houseplants ever” ha!
These beauties can tolerate low light and minimal watering and they’ll still look amazing. I have one snake plant that hangs on our wall in our dining room and it’s hard to reach so I only water it about once a month. Regardless, it looks super healthy and has been alive for 4+ years!
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. Just another reason to have one (or more) of these!
In short, get one of these! After learning about how much oxygen they produce, I bought one for all of our bedrooms. I’d like to end up with a few snake plants in each bedroom because of how great they are for the air!
I have an entire post on snake plant care (not like you need a ton of additional info!) but swing on over to check it out if you plan on getting one!
6. Lucky Bamboo
Ok, technically lucky bamboo plants 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. So if you want a giant lucky bamboo, put it in more light but if you’re fine with it the size it is, you can keep it in lower 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!
I honestly don’t touch mine very much. I give it a little bit of water every so often and it does great! These are super low maintenance plants.
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!
You’ve likely seen the leaves all over Pinterest, Instagram, art work or even pillows! They make quite the statement.
I water my montera about once a week. Check the top of the soil to see if it’s dry before watering it. If it’s still damp, leave it alone. If it’s dry, give it some water!
These are also super easy to propagate. I propagated a few stems from my plant and within a couple weeks they had produced roots. It even sprouted new leaves within a couple months of potting it in soil!
You can check out my monstera plant care tips post for everything you may need to care for you new monstera!
The pot my monstera is in is one of my favorites. You can find it 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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