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When your thumb is more brown than green, you might want to look into finding plants that are low-maintenance. Plants that thrive in lower light are easier to care for and need less frequent watering. This makes it easier to keep them alive and is less frustrating to care for. Finicky plants such as orchids require more love and attention than their more mild-mannered cousins. This is why we’re sharing the top five plants that are perfect for rooms with low light.
Don’t let the name scare you. While the leaves of this plant are similar to the legs of a spider, they are thankfully not as creepy. For the spider plant, it’s perfect for hanging planters. It’s a hearty and adaptable plant that will work best in temperatures between 55 and 65F (13-15C).
During the summer, these plants won’t wilt under the cool blasts from the A/C. You’ll need to give these guys water on a regular basis. Be sure not to soak them as this will lead to the roots rotting. Since spider plants grow in both indirect and artificial light, this makes it one of the best options for those who want an easy to care for a plant.
Since these plants tend to grow without bounds, they will need to be occasionally pruned. This will help them to remain healthy and happy. You may see some new growth in the form of budding white flowers called “spiderettes”. These begin to spring up during the warmer seasons. Snipping off one of these buds and replanting it in soil along with a generous amount of water will give you a new plant.
You’ve probably seen these plants surrounding the doors of many doctor’s offices and entryways. Dracaena is a colorful and sturdy plant that grows more tall than wide with a canelike trunk. Its leaves are thinner and resemble a strap, which gives it a more tropical look. Speaking of which, Dracaena grows best in warmer temperatures ranging from 60-70 F (15-21 C.). As long as it doesn’t become too cool in the room that it’s in, this plant will do well. So it’s best to avoid putting it under any air vents.
One of the most important things to keep in mind for the Dracaena is that it needs to be fertilized more during the warmer months. Every couple of weeks during the spring and summer, you will need to add in some indoor plant fertilizer. During the fall and winter, you can reduce the fertilizer to once a month or once every other month.
Bamboo is an elegant plant that is not only beautiful to look at but it also versatile in the home. It’s related to Dracaena but does not immediately grow in soil. Once you get lucky bamboo, you will need to put it into about 1 to 3 inches of water. This will allow it to grow roots and then you can add it to the soil.
It doesn’t need very much light to take off. This doesn’t mean that it will grow in dark room though. Indirect light will work best for bamboo. It makes for a nice addition to offices and rooms needing a simple pop of color in a modern space.
If you are starting out on your plant journey, then the Chinese Evergreen is one of the easiest plants care for. You will need to buy planting material that has a good mix of soil, sand, and perlite, which is good for filtration. While this plant does well in most lighting conditions, it does exceptionally well in medium to low light. For this Chinese Evergreens, you also need to make sure that they remain in warmer temperatures. They are sensitive to temperatures above 60F (16C) so you’ll need to keep this plant warm.
A regular watering every couple of days is perfect for this plant. Too much can lead to root rot and too little will dry out the plant. You will also need to prune the leaves every once in awhile so that new growth can come through.
Speaking of new growth, you might notice something resembling a calla lily growing during the warmer seasons. These growths are full of seeds. Should you decide that you are ready to grow your own Chinese evergreen from scratch, then you can begin with these little guys.
Big, full leaves and bright green streaks make this low-maintenance plant one of the most popular options. Pothos thrive in most lighting conditions. You don’t have to be too concerned about too much or too little light.
It can also be grown in both soil and water. Cutting off a snip of the plant and sticking it in water will soon yield roots in a few short days. If you decide to leave it there then it will continue to grow as if it were in the nutrient-rich soil. Keep in mind that once you begin growing this plant in water, you’ll need to keep it there since it does not transition as well from water to soil.
When looking for houseplants, think about how much care and time you plan on giving it. If you are just starting out with caring for plants then you’ll do well with some of the basics mentioned above. Since they don’t need as much light, you can generally get away with a little more since they are so hearty. So whichever plant you decide to go with, you now have a little more knowledge to help you choose the best low light plant for your home.