The Best Low Light Plants

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The best low light plants also tend to be highly resilient too. House plants for low light are also hardy enough to be ideal for people just starting grow house plants.

House Plants For Low Light

The best low light plants would be those that are also near indestructible, as is often the case. There are a number of house plants for low light commonly available, although there is not a great number of varieties, there is enough for the average household.

What do I mean by low-light?
Low light is generally considered to be enough light to still be able to read by or, to cast a shadow.

If you need artificial light to pass through a room - this is no-light, or dark. Plants will not survive without at least some light, even if it is only reflected light.

Low light areas tend to be those like downstairs rooms, hallways, etc. Often apartments have an over-supply of low light areas, also older houses with few windows.

The idea that all house plants can tolerate low light conditions is simply not true. Some indoor plants require bright light, if not direct sunlight in order to survive.

However, if you are determined to have living plants in some dungeon-like area, there is a way to achieve this. It relies on already having a handful of other houseplants, and the idea is to rotate their positions every few days.

Indoor Plant Rotation.
You will need enough plants to be able to rotate each plant to each position, at least once a month. So, if you move them every 3 days, you will need about 10 plants. Rotation is not a bad idea for any indoor plants, just using less rotation with fewer plants.

Any plant left languishing in the dark for more than five days, may not recover to full health, so 3 days is good. So, the plant that was in the dark, goes to the position of the plant getting the least light in your home.

All the others are repositioned one spot closer to the best light. The plant that was in the brightest place is the one that now goes to the dark. And so it goes, every 3 days.

The reason for putting the plant that was in the dark, to an area of least light, is that this process needs to be gradual. If you were to put the plant straight out into the sun, apart from getting seriously burned, it may well turn up its toes from the shock. Straight from the dark it will be soft and weak.

These plants will need time to get back to full health. The greater the time spent in a darkened area, the greater the time needed for recovery. Likewise, if the plant has not fully recovered, you must wait until it has, before relegating it back to the darker area. You may need to get more plants in rotation to extend recovery times.

Sounds like a lot of work, doesn't it? Well, it is. Artificial plants are so life-like these days, I would advise using them as the better option. It all depends on how important it is to you, to have living plants in every nook and cranny of your home. First, you should really think about how often these areas are visited.

The Best Low Light Plants for Indoor Areas.
The plants listed below, not only have a high tolerance to low light conditions, they also have a fairly high tolerance to neglect.

Zanzibar Gem or Money Tree- Zamioculcas zamiifolia
Resembling a cycad, with fern-like foliage, this plant is virtually indestructible. Great for high or low levels of light and tolerant of long dry spells. Grows to about 60cm.

Usually climbing plants, and easy-to grow. Having dark, glossy green leaves, with prominent veins and long arching stems. This is a tough medium-sized plant that can handle low light conditions and can handle all the neglect you can throw at it. It's ideal in darker spots and hallways.

Weeping Fig - Ficus benjamina
Shiny, small, green leaves, also comes in a variegated form. Can reach to a couple of meters tall indoors. Often used as a Bonsai specimen. The trunk of this plant is commonly twined around itself, then as it ages the branches fuse together. Extremely tough and easy to grow.

Rubber Plant - Ficus elastica
The rubber plant is a medium-to-large plant, having glossy, green or burgundy leaves, survives low light conditions and dry atmosphere. This is a tough plant.

Neanthe Bella - also commonly called the Parlor Palm.
In times past, as the name suggests, was grown in dark recesses of a home's parlor. A compact plant with erect leaves when first emerging, opening out as a graceful fan. As one of the best low light plants, this palm is very hardy.

Kentia Palm - Howea forsteriana
The most popular decorative palm in the world. Has a slender trunk and graceful, dark-green, drooping, feather-like fronds. It tolerates dark to well-lit positions and a dry atmosphere.

Chinese Evergreen - Aglaonema commutatum
Able to grow in very low light conditions, with low humidity. It is perhaps the easiest of all houseplants to grow. As an example, it can be used as an aquarium plant, submerged for at least 6 months. That is tough.

The Aspidistra - often called the Cast Iron Plant.
Having dark green, leathery leaves, this beauty can tolerate neglect, heat, cold, drought and low light. Along with the Kentia palm. the aspidistra was a favorite indoor plant in the Victorian era. Cast Iron plant is a good name, as it is one of the toughest and most adaptable of house plants.

Having only discussed these few house plants for low light, even so, these are considered some of the best low light plants commonly available.

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author avatar richardpeeej
20th Feb 2012 (#)

SOme great advice here mmarketing...I love propagating my indoor plants especially schefflera my friend

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author avatar mmarketing
24th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you richardpeeej.
I like your garden - "feels" good.

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author avatar Retired
11th Jun 2012 (#)

This was very info for house plants.

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