Choosing The Best Low Light House Plants

Low Light House Plants

balcony-gardenIt is general knowledge that photosynthesis which is required for plants growth. However there are situations when one desires to grow plants indoors in offices or at home. Low light house plant becomes the ideal choice in such scenario because they grow without sunlight requiring only bright indirect light. Recognition and selection of plants with this ability of being naturally shade loving and growing in indirect sunlight or the ability of adapting to lesser amount of light and thrive normally can be a bit cumbersome when one is new to the low light house plants. This article helps to identify plants with such ability and the most likely to thrive indoors.


Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)

Known for its resilience and beautiful features the Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema) easily comes to mind.  Though it seems to prefer good light and relatively high humidity due to its tropical origin, the Aglaonema also thrives admirably well in low light and low humidity. To recognize this plant, one just need to be observant of its graceful oblong leaves that grow from a central stem. The color of the leaves may be solid medium green or splotched with various shades of gray depending on the plant species. The Aglaonema should be ideally grown in standard potting soil, bright reflected light, and warm temperature and with frequent watering. Application of adequate fertilizer regularly is required except in regions known to experience winter seasons. The ability of the Aglaonema to also tolerate pot bound conditions for a long time makes it a suitable low light house plant.


The Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)

Typically sought after because of its generous size, impressive foliage and excellent tolerance of indoor conditions, the Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia) is a popular choice. Its leaves are easily identified being variegated in greens and cream colors and its flowers also has its unique appearance with calla lilies forming on mature plants. Its young plants are known to grow on single stems while the older plants tend to develop multiple stems. However children must not be allowed to play around with its leaves as acrid sap from it burns the mouth and throat when eaten and may actually paralyze vocal cords in adverse effects. Like the Aglaonema, the Dieffenbachia also tolerates pot conditions and only needs water when the soil feels dry to touch.  Be careful it will not survive over watering. It thrives with filtered light and if it becomes suddenly exposed to high light levels, its leaves suffer sunburn. In order to maintain its beauty, it is sometimes necessary to trim it back to 6 inches from the soil pot when the plant become leggy.


Zamioculcas Zamiifolia

Zamioculcas zamiifolia commonly referred to as the ZZ plant, although it is very slow in growing  it is greatly appreciated for its upright, glossy foliage that is reminiscent of Cycad fronds. It leaves grow from its swollen base and its soil must dry out between watering to ensure that it thrives in standard indoor potting soil. Direct sunlight will naturally scorch it leaves, so its light source must be filtered or reflected. That could easily be done at home by painting the windows where it is placed.



Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

Another plant well known for its unique growth habit is the Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum). It is easily identified because the plant resembles long, broad grass blades. It sends out long stem with baby plants at their ends. These baby plants starts as tiny white flowers at the end of the foot long stems and as well protected by growing Chlorophytum as a hanging plant.


It will be impossible to explore the list of low light house plants and their unique characteristics all at once, hopefully this summary will generate sufficient interest in those interested in growing such plants.


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