5 Low-Light Houseplants You Need in Your Life (and Your Home)

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Plants are a great way to liven up your space and to clean the air. While not all of us are lucky enough to have light and airy spaces, low light plants offer many more options for those who tend to neglect their green friends. Read on to find out which ones are dark space approved.

What is a low light plant?

A low light plant requires no direct sunlight to thrive. It survives best away from windows and likes darker rooms. 

How to pick the right spot for a low-light houseplant

shadows of palm leaf plants

Plantz suggests determining the proper light of a room by placing your hand 3-6” above a surface. In low light conditions, your hand will not cast a shadow on to the surface, which makes this the perfect home for your low-light loving green friend.

How to care for a low-light plant

hands holding pile of dirt

Low-light plants tend to be extremely easy to care for because they require less light and food. Some can go weeks (to months) without a lot of attention, so they’ll need little watering and little sunlight to live their best lives. In fact, too much sunlight will burn their leaves.

*Each low-light plant varies slightly, so reading your care instructions first is always best. 

Here are 5 low-light plants that I love:

Before you read on:

You’ll notice I picked all my favorite low-light houseplants from Plantz.com! Right now, when you enter to win a FREE Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, they’ll send you a 25% off code for your next order on all supplies and fiddle leaf fig trees.  

1. Aglaonema

Aglaonema in brown planter in corner of room

Buy it at Plantz$54-$164

If going a few weeks without having to water your plant sounds like a fit for you, this one is destined to take a spot in your home. This Chinese Evergreen has beautiful leaves and will last a long time when cared for properly.

2. ZZ Plant

ZZ green leaf plant sitting on wood floor by window

Buy it at Plantz$59-$134

Just when you thought watering couldn’t get any easier, this beauty can be ignored for 2 whole months before requiring a little H2O. Put it almost anywhere (except a dark closet), and this low-light loving plant is the perfect “get it, and (nearly) forget it” plant to own.

3. Lisa Cane Dracaena

tall green leaf Lisa Cane Dracaena tree standing next to fireplace

Buy it at Plantz$99-$324

Elegance at it’s finest, this Hawaiian plant is tall and thin, so it’s great for smaller spaces or corners. Plus, it’s one of the best-performing low light plants that you can buy, making it a total winner for any brown thumbs out there. 😉

4. Dracaena Michiko

green Dracaena Michiko leaf plant sitting in corner of room

Buy it at Plantz$94-$159

Sister to the Lisa Cane above, this Hawaiian plant is another low-light stunner. And to top it off, it boasts a lava-rock-cultivated root system, so it thrives with little watering.

5. Neanthebella Palm Parlor Palm Tree

potted palm tree plant

Buy it at Plantz | $39-$124

If you really want to go green, this gorgeous plant made NASA’s list of top plants for cleaning the air. Plus, it requires little care and will survive a long time in darker conditions.

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger & photographer and brings 9+ years of experience to her craft. Her work has been featured in numerous esteemed publications, spanning building, travel, and fashion. Beyond her creative pursuits, Sara’s primary mission is to empower others to embrace a toxic-free & sustainable lifestyle.

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