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Best Low Light Plants

Low Light Houseplants

Low Light Plants To The Rescue

Unfortunately, not all of us live in climates or homes that provide full sun all year round. Some of us live with 6 months of winter, daylight only lasting a few hours and warm weather a distant memory. However, when it comes to growing indoor plants, you don’t need to have full sun all the time.

In fact, many plants thrive in low light conditions. You got that right. Not all plants need full sun all the time, and some plants actually hate too much light.

If your apartment or home doesn’t have decent light, or if you live in a climate that isn’t ideal for year-round full sun growing, try growing plants that thrive in low light conditions.

Here Are The Top Five Low Light Plants:


 Snake Plant

Best low light plantsThe snake plant is ideal for low light conditions and for folks who are new to the indoor planting world. If you’ve never attempted to bring plants into your home, start with the snake plant. Known to be easy to care for, it’s tough and very forgiving. As far as sunlight goes, this plant will survive anywhere from bright lights to low lights. This plant survives almost anywhere.

Being a succulent, snake plants don’t need much watering. Only water the soil when it’s dry, once per week is usually enough, and during the winter once per month will work.

Keep your house above 60 degrees and fertilize with cactus or water soluble fertilizers.


ZZ Plant

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The ZZ plant is another easy option, almost indestructible to neglect and poor care. If you are new to house plants, this is a great option as it will build your house plant confidence and instill a sense of ease when it comes to your green knowledge base.

Called the ZZ plant after its botanical name Zamicoulcas Zamiifolia, and not the band ZZ top, the ZZ plant looks so good all the time, many people assume it”s fake. The plant has a waxy, shiny coating which makes it appear plastic; fitting to appear in malls and offices everywhere.

As far as lighting goes, ZZ plants may do best in bright to moderate indirect light, but they will do great in low light settings. This plant is extremely flexible and will survive almost anywhere. If you have a windowless bedroom or are stuck in the office that was once a closet, this is the perfect plant to lighten up your space. Just beware of giving it too much bright direct light as it will show some scalding on the leaves as well as yellowing.

If you want this plant to do well, the best thing to do is err on the side of neglect rather than over care. They don’t need a lot of water, so only hydrate them when the soil has become dry. The best way to kill this plant is to give it too much water, so if you happen to see the plant turn yellow, stop watering it.

  African Violet

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Probably one of the most beautiful indoor plants, the African violet surprisingly doesn’t need a lot of light. Indirect sunlight is all this plant needs; direct sunlight tends to discolor and curl the leaves.

Native to Tanzania, the leaves are dark green to almost purplish color and the flowers are violet to purple and even pale blue. It’s low height makes it adaptable to small spaces and it even stimulates the release of endorphins and adrenaline which helps relaxation and relieves stress!

Water when the soil feels dry to the touch and no more. Overwatering is a worry when it comes to this plant. Keep the soil moist and not soggy, and you’ll do just fine. Also, remember to keep the leaves dry at all times. Trim off any withered leaves or flowers to maintain the proper growth.

 The Boston Fern

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One of the most quintessential house plants around, the Boston fern looks like it’s meant to be hanging in your Aunt Linda’s home entryway. The house plant of many, the Boston fern is also a gem when it comes to growing indoors. It doesn’t need much, just place it near a window and you’ll be fine.

Native to the tropics, these plants need lots of water, so don’t be stingy when it comes to keeping the soil damp. Check on them every day to make sure the soil is moist enough. But in the winter, all you have to do is water them when the soil feels dry.

Ferns are fast growers and are extremely popular nowadays with home decor. They’re even some of the best plants to remove formaldehyde from the air, so bring lots of these plants inside to keep your air clean and easy to breathe. What’s more is their ability to release water vapor and restore moisture—this makes them great in the harsh and dry winters, helping to keep your skin soft and keep your lips from getting chapped.

Place these in warm conditions, so don’t bring them outside in the winter or when frost is inevitable. If the fronds turn yellow you need to give them more water. Also, try misting the plant once in a while to keep it clean and balance the humidity.

 The Peace Lily

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One of NASA’s top plants to purify the air, the peace lily is a great indoor plant. Perfect for the home or office, it adapts well to low light conditions.

If you want a peace lily that presents with the beautiful white spathes and flowers, you’ll have to provide it with more light. However, if you don’t mind not seeing flowers on a regular basis, then the lily will do just fine in low light.

Make sure not to overwater the plant, which is one of the most common reasons for the plant to die. You should never water this plant on a weekly basis but rather only water if the soil is dry. If the soil is still damp, there is no need to water. Some people wait for the leaves of the plant to start drooping before they water it, a very acceptable practice as these plants fare well in droughts.

If your plant droops frequently it may mean it has outgrown its pot and it’s time to move it to a new pot that’s at least 2 inches larger than the original container.

Make sure to wipe down the leaves at least once a year to remove dirt and dust it tends to pick up—this way it will look cleaner but also be able to absorb the sun’s rays better.


If you’ve never attempted to grow your own house plants due to lack of sun, think again. The amazing variety of plants provides that all of us have options, no matter what our needs. If you have few windows, little direct light and lack of gardening know-how, you too can create an amazing indoor oasis. Start with the plants above and create your indoor garden now!

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After finishing her masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Michelle wanted to share her love of plants and all things medicinal. With her knowledge of Chinese herbs and household plants, she decided to create a site sharing her love of indoor plants.

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