Best Indoor Plants Little Light

indoorLow light house plants are always on the wanted list for indoor gardeners. You may be thinking that all houseplants are low light tolerant, but this isn't necessarily so. Although there are many shade tolerant plant varieties that have been re-named house plants, at the same time, many plants grown specifically for the indoors, still require a fair amount of light.

First off, let us define low-light, without getting too technical.
If you need a torch, night-goggles, or have to switch on the overhead lights - this is a dark area. Plants do not grow in the dark. In a low light area, if you can still cast a shadow - not talking silhouettes here, there are plants that will in fact grow in this amount of light. Don't bother going any darker than this, just brighter.

Places like the end of a long hallway, the downstairs entertainment room, rumpus room, etc. Or, indeed, if you live in a place with very few windows.

SansevieraWe are talking about low-light tolerant plants. Not no-light. Plants do not grow in the dark. You can however, display your indoor plants in no light, or darkened areas. The trick to house plant survival in the dark, is to rotate them with your other plants, so that they will get filtered sunlight on a regular basis.

Rotating Your House Plants

This idea presumes you already have indoor plants growing in more favorable positions. Only leave a house plant in a dark area for a few days, five - at the most. Then rotate it out with your other houseplants. This means, take the plant that is currently getting the most light and put it in the darkened place.

AglaonemaMove all your other plants one spot closer to the brightest area. The plant you took from the dark area, is placed at the back of the houseplant queue, in the least lighted area. Yes, sort of like musical chairs.

Never take a plant from the dark and plonk it outside in the sun. Straight away, the leaves will burn and go crispy. Also, the shock will be the death of it. You must submit it to the sunlight again, in small doses.


Remember this, the longer a plant stays in a poorly lit or dark place, the more time it will need to recover. If it has not got back to full health by the time you have run out of other plants - get more. Don't go putting an already weakened plant back into the dark recesses of your home.

This certainly is more work. However, if you don't like the extra effort, or lifting, there are many life-like silk-plants available.

Best Low Light Indoor Plants

Here we will discuss a number of low light tolerant plants, that are also well suited to learner indoor gardeners. Mainly because they are very hard to kill.


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