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5 Easy To Care Houseplants That Thrive In Low Light

5 Easy To Care Houseplants That Thrive In Low Light

These are five common houseplants that thrive in low light areas for your house or office building.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily

The first one is Peace Lily. Most people prefer this plant as not many plants that tolerate low light areas will bloom but this one does. It comes up with these really unique shaped blooms that range from green to white and they bloom for a really really long time. So this one usually lasts for weeks before it starts to shrivel and needs to be cut back.

The shape of the Peace Lily’s foliage and its dark glossy green leaves add a ton of warmth to any area that you put in. Peace Lilies usually grow about 18 to 36 inches tall and wide and their sizes relative to the size of container you are keeping them in. So if you keep them in a small container, they will stay a little bit more on the smaller size but if you keep bumping them up in pot size, they will grow a little bit bigger. Peace Lilies like to be consistently watered so you want to make sure to keep them on a weekly watering schedule. They will tell you when they want a drink so they will wilt down slightly. You give them some water and they bounce back really fast.

Pothos

Pothos plant

House plant number two is Pothos which looks an awful lot like a Philodendron, which is also a really good low light plant. Pothos plants like an area that is out of direct Sun and they are super low maintenance. You can train these onto a trellis or you can let them grow as a hanging plant. You may prefer to put up them on ledges, up above cabinets and let them kind of trail down. They are really pretty. You can water these plants about every 10 to 14 days, so these are a little bit lower on the water requirement and then trim back anything that gets leggy to keep them nice and full.

Sansevieria

Snake Plant

The third one is Sansevieria which you might also know a mother-in-law tongue or a snake plant. The strong vertical interest that these houseplants bring to any area. They look very modern and they come in lots of different colors and different kind of shapes: some leaves are round and they are spiky looking, some are heavily variegated. Some have yellow margins and dark and light green in the leaves. Some of the back side of the leaves even have little silver color. Sansevieria plants are super interesting and they are very low-maintenance in terms of watering. You can probably water every two weeks and they stay very happy.

Spider Plant

Spider Plant

Fourth easy to care houseplant is Spider Plant and these plants are super easy to find. They are very easy to propagate and pass on down the generations. They get their name because of all the runners that they send out, they kind of spider out and then they have got little babies on the end and you can easily pop the babies off, put them down in a pot full of fresh soil, water them in and in no time you will have a rooted plant that is ready.

They come in a really nice dark green. They look super healthy and also come variegated in either white or yellow. They are probably once a week on the watering schedule and they do really well in a low light spot.

ZZ Plant

ZZ Plant

The last house plant that thrives in low light is the ZZ plant. These plants grow in a very strong base shape and they are always full of leaves and the leaves are always healthy-looking. They do not seem to suffer from tip burn like some of the other houseplants. The leaves are really bright green and they give you really beautiful pop color and then they deepen in color. This houseplant is probably the most tough of all the houseplants. They thrive on probably the lowest light and sporadic watering. So if you are a traveler and you are not home very much, this is a really good option.

These also do really well under fluorescent lighting. If you are in an office, these plants will grow really well. ZZ plants are really slow growers so they do not need to be divided or repotted very often which makes them even more low-maintenance. You can expect these houseplants to grow about 16 to 28 inches tall and wide.

Five general tips for keeping your plants looking good.

Dry soil conditions

First of all, low light plants typically prefer drier soil conditions. Other than the Peace Lily that likes more consistent moisture, you want to make sure that the others are allowed to dry out before you water them again.

Use a damp cloth

Tip number two, about once a month use a damp cloth to wipe the leaves off of your plant. It is really a good idea to keep them on a schedule to keep them clean. It keeps the plants healthier and keeps them looking a lot better.

Combat tip burn in plants

Tip number three is on how to combat tip burn in your plants which can really detract from the look of them. There are usually two culprits for tip burn. The first : lack of humidity in the air especially in the drier months. So to combat that, all you need to do is grab a spray bottle. Spray the area around your plant and that will really help. The other thing is to water with either distilled water, rain barrel water or water that has gone through a reverse osmosis system rather than tap. Tap water usually has a little bit too many minerals and salts which can eventually accumulate in the leaves and cause burn.

Use good all-purpose plantfood

The fourth tip is to feed your plants on occasion with a house plant specific fertilizer. Preferably use good all-purpose indoor house plantfood to feed your houseplants every one to two months.

5 Easy To Care Houseplants That Thrive In Low Light

Check plant roots

The last tip, make sure to check your plants roots about every 6 to 12months so once or twice a year, pop your plant out of its container. Take a look at the root system. If it looks like it is getting root bound or it needs more room to grow. Make sure to repot in a pot one size larger with a really good potting mix.

Tara Joy
A plant lover who loves nature and likes to share gardening tips.
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