Plants are the perfect way to bring organic beauty indoors. It’s fascinating to watch them grow into their space, but what if your home is dark? Luckily for all of us, there are a ton of low light houseplants to obsess over.
5 health benefits of houseplants
Not only are indoor plants aesthetically pleasing, but they also do many other tasks. People have used plants inside their homes for hundreds of years. Here’s what your favorite low light houseplants can do for you:
- Improve air quality
- Add moisture to the air
- Boost our sense of well-being
- Absorb toxins
- Deter dust and allergens
Where to place low light houseplants
Certain species of plants can live with very little light, in places such as dark bathrooms or dim corners. As a caveat, be kind. Treat your plants nicely and provide them with temperature-regulated spaces. Don’t throw your leaf friends into a closet, under an air vent, or close to the stove.
In the space between our kitchen and living room, I used a mirror to reflect light. While it doesn’t carry many lumens, it provides a cozy spot for our Satin Pothos.
How to tell if your plant needs more light
Even resilient plants will sporadically show signs of distress. If you notice yellowing or wilting leaves, your plant needs some attention.
Changes in color
If I notice a change in the color of my plant, I like to use a technique I call sunning. I will place that plant in a moderately lit window for up to 3 hours. Never place a low light indoor plant in direct sunlight. You will burn the leaves. Usually, a single charge is all you need to boost your plant back up.
Sometimes, you may notice a translucent layer of fuzz on your plant’s soil. That is mold. Spores occur when the soil is damp and without light.
If you catch it soon enough, you can place your plant in the sun as a means to dry it out. If the mold is significant, you should remove the top 2 inches and replace it with new dirt.
The easiest low light houseplants for a dark home
Several plants will thrive inside of a dark home. Here are the most popular species:
ZZ plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia)
This plant is a true warrior and requires almost no maintenance. It has broad leaves that are very dark green, perfect to set a calm mood for your home.
Snake plant (Sansevieria)
The snake plant can get tall, so it serves as a useful corner filler. Its leaves are smooth in appearance, making it a plant of simplicity. Best of all, the snake plant is drought tolerant. Mine only needs watering once every couple of weeks.
Nerve plant (Fittonia Argyroneura)
This plant develops fast. The larger it grows, the more water it requires. A medium-sized plant may need a drink at least every other day. However, they are still fun to keep because the branches grow fuller every time you prune it. There are several colored varieties, all of which are vibrant.
Arrowhead plant (Syngonium Podophyllum)
This plant has a wide range of light preferences. It has broad leaves that look like arrows. I use mine as an outlet cover because of its density.
African Evergreen (Syngonium podophyllum)
This plant prefers moderate light but can tolerate shade since it’s used to growing beneath other plants. If you have pets or small children, I would keep this plant higher up. It is very toxic if swallowed.
Pothos plant (Epipremnum Aureum)
There are several varieties of this plant. I have three: a Golden Pothos, a Manjula Pothos, and a Satin Pothos. They are viny and love to climb. Be careful not to let them sit on a carpet (or soft surfaces) because the roots will start to taper into it.
Don’t forget about low light indoor trees
While indoor plants can make a statement, so can indoor trees. These home-friendly additions add elegance to any room.
Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata)
The Fiddle Leaf Fig is one of my favorite indoor trees. It’s low maintenance, with watering only once a week.
Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica)
I hope to get my hands on this plant soon. While many growers suggest bright indirect light, it also tolerates occasional shade. If the leaves start to fall, readjust it to a different location.
Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea Elegans)
The parlor palm is a popular indoor plant in the United States. It has foliage that clumps at the ends of its branches.
Consider using faux plants in low light situations
Additionally, I have a few artificial plants mixed into my home decor. I use them in spots that rate at 0 lumens, even when I have all of my lights on and window blinds open.
When it comes to artificial plants, I’m very picky. I don’t want something that looks overly fake. Furthermore, I avoid purchasing faux plant decor online because the pictures are usually unreliable.
Here’s how you can choose the best artificial plants:
- Avoid glossy or overly shiny leaves
- Look closely for artificial roots and dirt within the pot
- Find a version that mimics the plant’s natural color
- Pay attention to leaf and stem thickness
How many low light houseplants do you have?
Plants are a great way to add to your home decor. As they grow, their beauty shapes organically into their space. It’s fun to watch the way a plant changes over the years.
How many low light houseplants do you have? Which are your favorites? You may find it hard to chose just one.