Hassle-free House Plants That Can Grow Without Sunlight


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Our condo has a little balcony…that faces another building. And because of this, we only receive about 2-3 hours of direct sunlight a day. Fortunately for us (and you!), there are still options for those who don’t live in the sunniest spots. You can use a grow light or grow indoor plants that require very little direct light.

Much to our surprise, there’s a wide variety of houseplants that can survive – even thrive – with the help of indirect light or fluorescent lighting.

Peace Lily

Looking for a low-maintenance plant that improves air quality, reduces mold spores, and even prevents mildew? Then look no further than the peace lily. Peace Lily’s are a great option that can survive with low lights or medium-light – perfect for growing inside a home.

Spider Plant

A spider plant thrives indoors, but be careful about leaving it in indirect light, which can cause its leaves to burn. The beautiful plant, which typically grows best in warmer climates in the U.S. will do best under artificial light conditions.

Philodendron

There are almost 500 philodendron species, including vine and shrub varieties. You’ll want to keep your soil moist, but it will be able to adapt quickly in indirect sunlight or low-light conditions.

Dracaena

Dracaena is a type of houseplant – with 120 species of trees and succulent shrubs – that’s easy to take care of and is known as one of the top air-purifying plants that can remove toxins out of the air. They typically grow in bright, indirect light, but they do well in low or medium light, as well. It likes humidity, and can grow well outdoors in many climates. You may need to mist the leaves regularly if you live in a climate with dry air.

Of the houseplants in the Dracaena family, consider the Lucky Bamboo plant. While it’s not really a bamboo, it certainly looks like one, and it can be the perfect way to accent your home. It would look great in either an office desk or a kitchen counter, and according to Feng Shui, it can even attract good fortune.

Snake Plant

Snake plants, which are also part of the Dracaena classification, are amazingly versatile when it comes to light conditions. While they can handle natural light and even full sun, they can also survive in low light and do exceptionally well in indirect sunlight. Also called Mother-in-law’s tongue, the Snake Plant is the perfect low-maintenance accessory for any living room or bathroom. While light isn’t as important for the snake plant, you should make sure your soil drains well. It is highly susceptible to root rot if it sits in water for too long.

Bromeliads

Bromeliads are a great tropical plant that is perfect for adding a splash of color to your home. They can survive on fluorescent light alone and do exceptionally well in humid areas. Don’t live in a humid climate? No problem. Instead, place your bromeliad in the bathroom – it will thrive and you’ll add a splash of color to the room.

Golden Pothos

Golden pothos is a vine with yellow and green leaves that can grow outdoors in some cooler climates, but it can grow anywhere indoors without direct sunlight. If you decide to grow the golden pothos in your home, you should be aware that the vines can reach up to 10 feet or more. This is a fan favorite low light plant because it requires little maintenance.

Maidenhair Fern

The maidenhair fern is a beautiful plant that prefers indirect light or shade. Of the plants on this list, maidenhair fern is one of the most fragile. Too much sun can cause scorching, but not enough light will cause poor growth. Plant care is incredibly important when it comes to the maidenhair fern. In order to keep your maidenhair fern healthy, make sure the soil is moist but not over-watered, which could cause root rot.

Calathea (Peacock Plant)

The calathea – often called the peacock plant due to its beautiful foliage resembling a peacock’s feathers – is a low-maintenance plant that can grow without bright light. Being a tropical plant, it thrives in outdoor, humid conditions, but it can still be grown indoors. Too much direct sun on this popular houseplant will cause sagging leaves with pale markings if it’s receiving too much sunlight.

Peperomia

If you’re looking for a splash of green in your kitchen or dining room, Peperomia may be a great option. Over 1,000 varieties of peperomia come in leaves of gray, green, red and cream. Unlike many of the plants on this list, they prefer drier conditions. And this beautiful houseplant can prosper well under the fluorescent lights of your home. In fact, direct light could even burn the leaves. This low-light houseplant is a popular, low-maintenance option for your home.

Parlor Palm

Parlor palms are popular houseplants that would look great in a living room. Parlor palms can grow in low light or medium light. If you want to see the little yellow flowers that grow in the spring, you’ll need to make sure it receives at least partial sunlight.

Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)

The Chinese Evergreen is a low-maintenance plant that can grow in low light areas. If you don’t yet have a green thumb, the Chinese Evergreen is a great option. Not only this, but it made a list on Nasa’s Clean Air Study, which found that the Chinese Evergreen could remove Benzine and formaldehyde from the air in your home.

Prayer Plant

The prayer plant’s leaves fold up at night, resembling hands in prayer. It is usually known for its pink veins and the oval shape to its leaves. You’ll need moderate light for this plant to grow successfully, but doesn’t need direct sunlight. The prayer plant grows best in moist soil and can make a great hanging basket.

Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)

It should be noted that the Dieffenbachia is a toxic houseplant to both children and pets if ingested, so please consider this before buying and placing it in your home. That said, it can thrive in filtered light or generally low-light areas.

 

Sword Fern

Sword ferns are hardy growers that don’t need a lot of sunlight. That said, they require acidic, well-draining soil, as well as high humidity. For this houseplant, you should spray the leaves with water from time to time.

Chinese Evergreen

The Chinese Evergreen is a beautiful houseplant that comes in many shapes and colors. It’s also known for being hardy. It can grow in medium, low or even indirect sunlight. It prefers humid conditions, but the soil should be allowed to dry out a bit between waterings. Be careful about overwatering. Too much watering, and the Chinese Evergreen could get a fungus or root rot.

Cast Iron Plant

The Cast Iron Plant is native to Taiwan and Japan and is easy to grow indoors. Although it’s a slow grower, it requires only indirect light and should be kept out of direct light to keep its leaves from being scorched. It can also grow well in poor soil, making this a great indoor plant option for someone getting the hang of their green thumb.

Getting Started

Houseplants can be the perfect way to spruce up your home, improve the air quality and even improve your ability to focus. Start with these 17 best plants for growing indoors, and turn your home into a beautiful garden today.

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Patrick Chism

Patrick likes to pretend that urban gardening is just a hobby, but he’s actually prepping for the apocalypse. He’s a practical grower, specializing in hydroponics systems and grow lights. His dream is to one day feed his family with just the food he grows in his Chicago-based condo.

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