ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Indoor Plants for Low Light

Updated on July 12, 2012


Indoor plants are a great addition to any home or office. Not only are they decorative, but they can help filter toxins from the air. Many people avoid keeping indoor plants because they believe that their space does not have adequate natural sunlight to keep plants healthy. But that's a mistake. There are several indoor plants for low light. The plants outlined here thrive in low light conditions.

What is Low Light?

Understanding what is considered to be low light conditions for an indoor plant is key to choosing the right plants for your home. Low light is any area away from bright sunlight from windows, etc. North-facing windows are often considered to be low light areas as they tend to have the least amount of sunlight. These are the sort of areas that are ideal for the following indoor plants for low light environments.

Ferns

The fern family is quite diverse. Ferns vary widely in their appearance, ranging from small and lacy to large and sculptural. All ferns require low light and should not be placed in areas that receive direct sunlight. Their optimal temperature is between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Since they prefer an environment that has high humidity, bathrooms are an ideal spot for ferns.

Like many plants, ferns do not thrive when their soil is kept too wet. Soil should be allowed to dry between watering. And, ferns should not be left to sit in water, so the potting soil and container should have good drainage. Ferns require feeding with a balanced fertilizer once a month.

Good fern varieties to try for novices are Boston ferns and rabbit’s foot ferns.

Rabbit foot fern in hanging basket

Rabbit foot fern in hanging basket
Rabbit foot fern in hanging basket | Source

Sansevieria

Sansevieria is a diverse group of plants that are members of the agave family. They are tall, up to 4 feet high, with narrow green leaves. Many varieties have striking variegated patterns. Ideally, sansevieria should be kept at temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. They can thrive in a wide range of light conditions from very bright direct sun to low light. Because of their height and dramatic appearance, sansevieria look wonderful in pots placed on the floor.

Sansevieria should be potted in soil and a container with good drainage. The soil should be allowed to dry between watering. They do not require fertilizer in the winter, and the rest of the year they should be watered once monthly.

Sansevieria trifasciata (commonly known as mother-in-law tongue) is good variety for beginners.

Potted sansevieria plant

Potted sansevieria plant
Potted sansevieria plant | Source

Bromeliads

Bromeliads are a good choice for livening up a darker area of the home or office because of their brightly colored flower structures. They do well in a wide array of light conditions. Their flower structures will last for some time in low light conditions, but it may be beneficial to rotate them to an area with brighter light to keep the plant flowering.

Bromeliads thrive in temperatures of 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit. Like ferns, they prefer high humidity, making a bathroom an ideal place. Bromeliads need soil with good drainage, and prefer to be kept in drier soil. They do best with continuous feeding, so incorporating a controlled-release fertilizer in the potting soil is a good idea.

Bromeliad

Bromeliad
Bromeliad | Source


Ferns, sansevieria, and bromeliads are all ideal indoor plants for low light conditions. They will add beauty to your home or office as well as helping to purify the air. Your local greenhouse or garden center can be great resources to learn more about these plants.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)