Best Low-light Indoor Plants for Your Home

Best Low-light Indoor Plants for Your Home

Don’t have much sunlight in your house to grow a plant in? Don’t worry, you can still do so if you buy an indoor plant that can thrive in low-light places.

In this article, we will list down some of the best indoor plants in this regard which you can add nicely to your garden or place near your windows.

Indoor Plants That Do Well in Low-Light Places

There are heaps of low-light indoor plants you can grow at your house or workplace. Here’s our roundup for today!

1) Ivy


Charming ivies only need low-to-medium sunlight to survive, especially the English and Algerian varieties. 

Furthermore, they usually require watering just once a week so they won’t be hard to maintain at all.

Ivies are a great choice for people who want to make their space appealing to guests and improve the air quality as well.

Ivies are mostly affordable to get but can cost higher depending on the size and variety you’ve chosen.

2) Yucca Cane

Yucca Cane

This plant is called a Yucca Cane. It is fine with receiving a very low amount of light, although it will grow faster in brighter conditions.

It has a tropical vibe to it with its woody stalk and tall undulating leaves. Like a bonsai, it has a miniature tree-like appearance that accents the decor of your house.

3) Watermelon Peperomia

Watermelon Peperomia

True to its name, watermelon peperomias are fantastic low-light indoor plants. They come from South America and grow under a canopy of trees with partial light.

For us, you can feel relaxed having it because it reminds you of fresh and juicy watermelon. By the way, you need to only water this riveting plant whenever it gets dry.

4) Snake Plant

Snake Plant

If you live in an apartment or home that doesn’t get much sunlight, you might want to get a snake plant.

A snake plant has long, thick, and waxy leaves. Besides that, it can withstand and grow in dry and shadowy environments—so don’t worry if you have ignored them.

Speaking of, they are excellent as bedroom plants since they purify the air around you. They remove formaldehyde and nitrogen oxide, which can worsen asthma and cause cancer.

Plus, they are among the most common plants offered by florists along with dendrobium orchids, birds of paradise, and money trees.

While the snake plant is tolerant of lower light conditions, Ayelet Faerman, co-founder of Verdant Lyfe, cautions that this may result in slower growth and consequently smaller size.

Hence, you may want to adjust how much sunlight this plant gets depending on the spatial needs of your house.

5) Dieffenbachia


Dieffenbachia is a tropical plant whose leaves are light green on the inside and dark green on the outside. 

It’s great for those with a large indoor space and low light environment, but be aware that it will grow slower than if you place it in an area with brighter indirect light.

As for watering this plant, make sure that you don’t make it wet too much. Wait for it to fairly dry before doing it again.

6) Calathea


Also known as the prayer plant, the calanthea boasts some of the most highly decorated plants there are. And yet, it is easy to source most of the time.

It comes in a wide array of styles and patterns including those with heart-shaped leaves and long ones with alternating shades.

Calanthea grows in medium-to-low light surroundings. However, keep in mind that new leaves will sprout slower as a result of the latter.

Floral experts recommend placing them in a warm spot with lots of indirect light. Also, make sure to keep the soil moist from spring to autumn.

7) Staghorn Fern

Staghorn Fern

Laurice Constantine, a plant lover and founder of Casadar, highly suggests trying out the Staghorn Fern.

“The staghorn fern thrives in damp environments and works well in low light, making it the ideal plant for bathrooms,” she said. “The presence of plants in your bathroom gives warmth and clean air to an area that can occasionally seem sterile.”

You will also love the versatility of this plant as it can be either hung on a wall or potted.

8) Anthurium


Another plant you will surely love is the Anthurium

Often known as the flamingo flower, the Anthurium has huge glossy leaves and brilliant burgundy, red, pink, or white sculptural blooms that provide a beautiful show without much care.Jen Stark, a master gardener and founder of Happy DIY Home, vouches that these plants are adaptable and can survive in all degrees of indirect light. However, she also advises that they grow more slowly in areas with less light.

9) Golden Pothos

Golden Pothos

Want to further beautify your home? Susan Brandt, co-founder of Blooming Secrets, suggests you try the Golden Pothos.

This easy-to-grow vine has leaves that are smooth and heart-shaped. It is low-maintenance and thrives in conditions that most other plants will not. Do note, however, that the plant will not grow as fast as it will in bright light.

In taking proper care of the plant, Susan emphasizes the importance of regularly monitoring the vine, so it does not become tangled. “Make sure you dust the leaves, so the plant can get the sunlight it needs for photosynthesis.”

You must also take precaution as the plant can be toxic to pets. Hence, you might want to keep it in a place out of your pet’s reach.

10) Lucky Bamboo

Lucky Bamboo

Aaditya Bhatta, the editor and founder of Plants Craze, describes the Lucky Bamboo as one that can proudly thrive in shady areas without craving much care.

True to its name, the Lucky Bamboo is believed to bring fortune and good luck to the house.

Should you decide on decorating your home with this plant, Aaditya suggests you water it once a week, keeping its root well-submerged.

11) Peace Lily

Peace Lily

The Peace Lily usually comes with flowers and can thrive in indirect sunlight. From its name, the plant symbolizes purity, innocence, calmness, and positive energy.

As pointed out by Raunika Gaba, plant lover and founder of Living with Poise, peace lilies usually like high humidity environments, thereby making them perfect as a bathroom decoration.

They can also absorb excess moisture and common room pollutants.

12) Pothos Ivy

Peace Lily

Another low-light plant you’ll love is the Pothos Ivy.

Also called the Devil’s Ivy, this plant grows very fast and can be cut often to sprout new vines or use the greenery for decoration. The Pothos Ivy has broad, heart-shaped leaves that can either be a flat-green or striped. In caring for the plant, Elena, a plant lover and writer for Love&Lavender, recommends watering it once a week.

Be cautious, however, as this plant is slightly poisonous. If ingested, it can cause irritation and vomiting. Hence, you may want to keep it out of reach from dogs, cats, and children.

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