I love plants, but my house tends to always be a little on the dark side. What can I say, I like the dark. 🙂 One of my favorite things to do is sit in my office in the dark, in the dead of night working on this website. The computer screens (I have multiple) sheds any light I need, along with the TV that plays the latest Penny Dreadful or American Horror Story episode while I work. (I love TV & movies!)
So while sitting in the dark with my cat, Ms. Lucifer on my lap, it struck me that I need plants that thrive in the dark. And so the research begin. 🙂
Here are some plants that thrive on minimal lighting and are low-maintenance as well.
Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen)
The aglaonema is renown for its huge variety of colors. This plant can display colors from bright white to a stunning deep red. And all variegations do well in low light spots.
The Chinese Evergreen is very sensitive to over watering so be sure to only water when the soil is completely dry, once every two weeks or so.
The Dracaena is huge and ranges wildly in color and size. They thrive in darker places with very little water. Place your dracaena in a spot with low or medium light, avoiding sunny spots. Water only when completely dry, once every 10 days to two weeks.
Epipremnum Aureum (Pothos)
Also called the “Devil’s Vine” because it is impossible to kill, pothos makes a great low light statement for a spot that needs a trailing plant. In hanging baskets or on a high shelf, pothos will trail elegantly with long vines of thick leaves. Good for low to medium light spots, pothos can adjust to almost any area.
Neanthe Bella (Parlor Palm)
The neanthe bella palm is one of the most versatile houseplants you can get. It can do well in high light all the way down to low and has a modern yet elegant feel. Although this plant is not suitable for extremely dark spots, a dimly lit bedroom environment would do just fine.
Water your palm once a week or so. The neanthe bella can thrive in both moist and dry conditions, so watering is easy.
Several varieties of this plant grow to be quite large, others stay low and bushy. Most are suited best to low or medium light and cannot take overly dark spots. Philodendron want to dry down between waterings and need only be watered once every ten days or so.
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Sansevieria (Snake Plant)
You may have heard this maintenance-free houseplant called by its other name: Mother In Law’s Tongue (because it is sharp and you just can’t kill it). Sansevieria is one of the best options for lower light. They can essentially grow in a closet. This is one of my favorites!!!
Place your sansevieria in a dark, low light, or medium light spot. Water only when dry, once every two to three weeks.
Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily)
Among lower light plants, the peace lily is a fan favorite because it will actually bloom in low light! The white cup-shaped flower looks elegant and simple against the dark green of its foliage.
Unlike most other low-light plants, the peace lily is water lover. Water once a week for full foliage and pretty blooms. The peace lily will wilt dramatically when it wants water, but will pop up easily once it gets a nice soak.
Zamioculcas Zamiifolia (ZZ Plant)
The ZZ plant is probably my top pick for a dark bedroom. I always get the question: what can I put in a room that has no windows? Well, this (and the snake plant) are really the only plants I could recommend for zero natural light. The ZZ plant basically thrives on neglect. And, it looks cool too. Thick fleshy stalks produce glossy oval leaves. New growth comes in a lime green and darkens with age. ZZ grow both wide and tall, tapering off at about four feet in height. They are very slow growing, especially in dark spots.
ZZ plants are very sensitive to overwatering. They need almost no water. Water once every three to four weeks!
Maidenhair Ferns are a great option because they have frilly fun leaves that vary from the usual thick leaves of indoor plants. Most Ferns do well inside with low light (and ferns look great in terrariums) .