There are many reasons why one would be interested in low light plants. They may be limited in usable square footage for a garden. Some may be fans of them, or they may just be unfortunate enough to live under a very large Oak tree. I actually like them because there are a surprisingly wide amount of low light plants that look marvelous.
I’m also guilty of being fond of them because we too have a very large canopy over our home. This has its pros and its cons, buts for a different article. Contrary to popular belief, not all flowers require sustained light for success. Some would actually prefer a few hours, and there are those that do best in no direct light at all. In this article I will fill you in on which low light plants that work best for us.
I’ll begin with one of our favorite low light plants; the Spider plant, or Chlorophytum. It is called the Spider plant for very obvious reasons and that is because how it looks. One glance at its cascading narrow leaves and you would swear that it was an oversized insect. It comes in a variegated version, meaning that each blade-like leaf has a white stripe down the center. The “regular” version I find rather boring because its only green, as it should be. While it comes with aesthetic splendor, the Spider plant is well known for its indoor air purification.
A NASA study actually proved that it is the best indoor plant to eliminate indoor pollution such as smoke, mold, and pet dust. We hang them from our bathroom ceiling with no problems because they thrive in humidity. As a matter of fact, you should never allow the soil of the Chlorophytum to dry out. Keep it moist for a deep contrast with the variegated type and lush growth.
Speaking of growth, this species propagates very easily. Your first Spider plant may even have little “babies” hanging from the mother plant. Not hard to notice, the babies will spring out like its coming off a rappelling tower. Very fun and simple to grow.
If variegation isn’t enough and you desire more color, go with the Kalanchoe. These low light plants come in a variety of colors and mine happen to be the scarlet one. Each year I get at least three bloom periods from these succulents. If you know anything about succulents, you’re aware that these too are easy to propagate. Unlike some plants where you have to pinch off a stem to propagate, all you need is one Kalanchoe leaf and lightly press it into the soil.
Be careful not to overwater Kalanchoes because you will be sure to rot the shallow roots. Its somewhat of a delicate plant but it looks superb when trained to bush out. A great place for these low light plants is at the base of a tree, where the dark scarlet red creates and amazing contrast. If you …Read more