Need a way to brighten up your dimly lit home? Have you considered houseplants?
That’s right, even if your home is in the shadow of large trees or huge buildings, you can find plants that will thrive in low light conditions with little or no sunlight. Take a look at these 10 plants that will stay green even in homes that are not exactly greenhouses.
- Cast Iron Plant. The cast iron plant gets its name for being famously indestructible. If you have had trouble with houseplants in the past, start anew with the cast iron plant. It is tolerant of various lighting conditions and lack of watering.
- Snake Plant. Also knows as mother in law’s tongue, the snake plant’s broad sword-shaped leaves grow up to 4 feet tall. The snake plant will do well in bright light, but it tolerates dimly lit rooms as well.
- ZZ Plant. Nicknamed for its botanical name, zamioculcas zamiifolia, the ZZ plant will grow in just about any type of lighting conditions. The ZZ plant is tolerant to irregular watering schedules as well. Just don’t overwater it, and your ZZ plant will grow for years.
- Peace Lily. The peace lily prefers the shade. In fact, if your peace lily is not flowering, you can move it to a darker room to encourage flower growth. Keep the soil moist but do not overwater. Repot annually.
- African Violet. While it doesn’t require much sunlight, the African violet will do well in a spot receiving indirect sunlight. Its short height and vibrant flowers make the African violet popular for areas like small tables and bookshelves.
- Bird’s Nest Fern. This plant thrives in medium indirect light, so it’s perfect for a shady windowsill. In fact, too much light will burn the plant out. Keep the soil moist, but don’t overwater it.
- Parlor Palm. One of the most popular palm plants grown indoors, the parlor palm will grow in any shaded room, preferably a room with plenty of moisture. Plant your parlor palm in a pot with sufficient drainage and water only when the soil is dry.
- Corn Plant. Very tolerant to neglect and under-watering, the corn plant produces broad leaves that can grow to up to 6 feet, but may be pruned back to a suitable height for the room. Keep your corn plant out of direct sunlight and keep the soil just damp to the touch.
- Boston Fern. While it will require your daily attention for watering, the Boston fern loves the shade. Keep yours in a hanging basket in a shady spot in your home and be sure to water it daily.
- Lucky bamboo. Although it looks like bamboo, the lucky bamboo plant is actually is a dracaena plant. Used to growing under the shade of trees in its natural habitat, this interesting looking plant thrives in indirect sunlight. Pot using well-drained soil and water when the soil becomes dry.