If you find that you have a brown thumb when it comes to growing houseplants, existing light conditions may be the biggest factor standing in the way of you and success. Selecting plants to grow indoors is similar to selecting plants to grow outdoors. But instead of selecting the right plant for the right site, you need to choose your houseplants based on your available light.
And while some can be maintained in lower light, blooms are poor (or non-existent) and foliage tends to fade. An easy way to add color and interest is by using decorative containers. Instead of going with a solid color or traditional shape, use pots with bright patterns and containers with interesting shapes. Add whimsical plant stakes or small figurines to pots and planters for a personalized touch.
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A: I would classify the following plant groups as easy to grow, tolerant of low-light conditions and able to withstand a fair amount of neglect. Within each group you can find shorter and taller varieties.
The Dracaena Group (False Palms): Three in this group will stand up well to low light conditions, a fair amount of neglect and fairly low winter temperatures: Dracaena marginata (Madagascar Dragon Tree), D. draco (Dragon Tree) and Cordyline australis (Cabbage Tree/Grass Palm). These three varieties can also grow quite tall. The Madagascar Dragon Tree can grow up to 10 ft, the Dragon Tree around 4 ft and the Grass Palm 1-2 ft.
Sansevieria- This plant is known to be nearly indestructible. Often called Mother-in-Law's Tongue in Britain (because of its sharp tongue-like leaves), it is commonly called Snake Skin or Snake Plant in America. The only sure way to kill it is with prolonged over watering or exposure to freezing temperatures. Taller varieties grow up to 3 ft tall, while the low growing pot group is perfect for windowsills.
Philodendrons- These plants have been around since Victorian times and are known to be great air purifiers. They come in two basic varieties: climbers and non-climbers. The climbers can be trained to climb as high as 7 ft (e.g. Philodendron imbe), while the non-climbers traditionally make great hanging baskets, but can be kept smaller by cutting back.
Scindapsus (Pothos)- The species of Pothos that is easiest to grow is the Scindapsus aureus. This is similar in look to the philodendron, but has more colorful leaves. This pothos can be easily trained to grow on a moss stick to a height of up to 6 ft.
A "PEACE LILY" IS A WONDERFUL INDOOR PLANT THAT REQUIRES VERY LITTLE LIGHT AND VERY LITTLE CARE; JUST WATER.
Spider plants are great. Mine keep plugging along no matter how badly I mistreat them.
I love cacti and succulents for plants that don't require much care. Ivy for a shade plant.
For a tall plant I have a Corn plant, I only water it a little, once every 2-3 weeks. One of the easiest small plants is a Pothos, they come in a few varieties and they hardly need any care and they do great in low light.
Does anyone know where i can buy a Moss Stick for my Devil Ivy? I have looked everywhere and cant seem to find any.... Please help.
Does anyone know where I can purchase a tall moss stick?
Does anyone know of a plant the will live in low light? My livingroom has very little light and I love plants.
There are many plants that do well grown under low light. Just google 'Low Light Plants' and you will get a long list. One that comes to mind is the Aspidistra. It was very popular in the early nineteen hundreds. It was known as 'Parlor Palm'. Few people had electric lights and yet this plant survived quite well in their parlors.
Another name given to the Aspidistra is 'Cast Iron Plant'. This was due to the plant surviving under all sorts of adverse conditions and neglect. Back then, most Aspidistras were a solid, dull green. They have since been bred into some beautiful variegated varieties.
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I absolutely love house plants, but I am now living in a basement apartment with only two small windows at each end and none in my bedroom. Are there any houseplants that would do well with only artificial light from a ceiling fixture?
By Janus from Gainesville, GA
'Cast Iron' or 'Bar-room' plant manages quite nicely in low level lighting and is recommended for beginner indoor gardeners as they are very hard to kill. Lol, there is a really good reason they're called cast-iron and barroom plants as they can take a lot of abuse without keeling over from shock.
The proper name is aspidistra. It's broad leaves are wonderful as air cleaners, too. The following is a link to an image search. Be warned that the varigated ones do require more light to maintain the different colours in the stripes. In your light conditions, you'll probably want to choose the solid colour foliage varieties.
Another great, easy-grower low light plant is the 'mother-in-law's tongue', also known as 'serpent's tongue'. The proper name for this plant is sansevieria trifasciata and it also comes with some varigation-again, you'll likely need to choose varieties with less colour.
Caladiums are a little more colourful but can handle low light conditions in the less colourful varieties, and do very well in potted conditions:
Finally, I ran an image search using the term 'indoor plants for low light conditions', browse these for more inspirations: