Great Low Light Plants For Indoors
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 want to add color to your home be sure to alternate spots going from your home to a shaded spot outside. One plant can quickly turn into an enormous bed of colors, just choose wisely at the store. In subtropical regions you’re sure to get lasting color.
For the intermediate gardeners we have some low light plants to test your patience. African Violets are in the hearts of many, but it doesn’t have the sun it’s heart. Keep these out of direct light! You really don’t want these outside at all because they do just fine in your kitchen. Florescent light is sufficient for African violets, but rare waterings.
Peace Lilies are just a tad bit high maintenance because they love their water. In Florida the heat can dry out the soil quickly, so consider obtaining a deep dish to keep your potted lily partially submerged in water. Peace Lilies love moisture; don’t forget. Rounding off our list for the best low light plants is the Cordyline, or more commonly known as “Red Sister.”
I consider these to be slightly high maintenance due to their skyscraper like growth. They require moist soil and if you want it in your home you have to stay on top of pruning. Red Sisters don’t branch off too often they just just grow up and provides a beautiful top of reddish purple foliage. I don’t find their string like blooms too attractive, and the petals may pose a problem to your floor.
There you have it! These are just a few low light plants for you to choose. Don’t go overboard because before you know it, the insides of your home will be overwhelmed. We know from experience..