Low light indoor plants are so easy to take care of! Check out our list of houseplants you probably can’t kill, along with some of our favorite tips.
Don’t get me wrong, friends. I love a fiddle leaf fig as much as the next hipster, but come on already! What about all of the other cute little plants who are just longing for their day on Instagram?! (Kidding. Sort of.)
But for reals, we’ve been experimenting with indoor plants now for about ten years, when we got our first houseplant — can you believe that I have plants older than my children? That first houseplant actually has children of its own now, living in their own little pots.
We’ve tried all kinds of different plants with varying degrees of success, so for those of you who want to try but are maybe a little timid, I put together a list of twelve low maintenance or low light indoor plants you probably can’t kill!
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How to Keep a Houseplant Alive in Low Light
Seriously, though. Have you ever tried to keep a fiddle leaf fig alive?
Those (and so many other) beautiful plants are so temperamental they’ll start dropping leaves if you look at them sideways.
But the lovely houseplants on this little list have all been super champs in our house at one time or another. These are all low light indoor plants so they’re perfect if you don’t have a particularly bright or window-filled space.
What is “Low Light” When It Comes to indoor Plants?
Low light, by the way, basically means that you have a windowless room, or a room with north exposure where not a lot of sun is coming in.
If your room is literally windowless, it’s best to keep the lights on during the daytime to keep your plants alive.
If you have a plant that you really would like to try but just don’t have the light for it, test it out but alternate it to a sunnier place for a couple of days a week. This can work well with jade plants, zz plants, haworthia, and more.
Small, weak leaves or stems with no leaves are often signs that your plant is wanting more light. If you find that your leaves are weak or your stems are spindly you may want to experiment with other plants or placing your plants nearer a window.
The Best Way to Water Low Light Indoor Plants
You’ll probably find that low light indoor plants often also fall into the low-water category (and low maintenance in general!).
On the whole, it’s best to set a watering schedule so that your plants become regulated and you can ensure that the soil doesn’t become either too wet or too dry. We water our plants every 10 days, with the exception of a few succulents or air plants which we water even less frequently.
As you’re choosing your plants, be sure to do a little research (or just ask when you purchase them!) about how often they like to be watered, whether they like soaking or misting, and so on.
The majority of the plants on our low light indoor plant list can be put on the same watering schedule so you can do it like clockwork! Easy peasy.
How to Display Your Indoor Plants
I love to display our indoor plants sprinkled throughout our home so that there is at least a little greenery in every room. A houseplant can make a space feel more vibrant, airy, and welcoming.
As you look through some of our favorite low light houseplants, take into consideration a few things.
- Consider the space you have. Do you need to fill lots of space, or do you just have a little area that you’d like to make more green?
- Think about your favorite way to display plants. Are you looking for something tall that could stand in a corner? Would you prefer hanging plants? Does your home need a few smaller potted indoor plants?
Some of the low light indoor plants on our list, like the fern and the philodendron, make great hanging plants.
Others, like the corn plant and the majesty palm are perfect for floor plants, and can grow super tall. (Our corn plant is currently way over my head!)
And others are great for a small pot or a surface that needs a little cheering up.
Twelve Low Light Houseplants You Probably Can’t Kill
And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for! A whole list of low light indoor plants that I personally have kept alive for years (even with some light neglect toward some)!
A Few More Houseplant Tips
What’s your favorite from our list?! Have you grown any of these before?
Once you get into a groove or a routine with your houseplants you’ll find that you can start to read their growth and behavior well. You’ll be more intuitive about what they need and how to keep them healthy!
I recommend reading our How to Take Care of Indoor Plants post for a really easy approach to keeping your houseplants healthy and growing well, especially if you’re just getting into indoor gardening.
And while you’re at it, here are a few fun, plant-related DIY projects that you can tackle in a day:
- How to Make a Beaded Plant Hanger
- DIY Plant Stand with Wheels
- DIY Modern Bowl Planter
- Midcentury Plant Stand
- DIY Painted Succulent Planter Box
Leave a comment and let me know how your houseplants are doing!
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- Read our list of low light indoor plants and choose a few favorites.
- Pot your plants and place them in your home.
- If your home has low light, try to leave the lights on for a few hours a day for your plants. If you have a room with better light, switch your plants in and out of the sunny spot every so often.
- Water your plants on a regular schedule.
You'll probably find that low light indoor plants often also fall into the low-water category (and low maintenance in general!). On the whole, it's best to set a watering schedule so that your plants become regulated and you can ensure that the soil doesn't become either too wet or too dry. We water our plants every 10 days, with the exception of a few succulents or air plants which we water even less frequently.
As you're choosing your plants, be sure to do a little research (or just ask when you purchase them!) about how often they like to be watered, whether they like soaking or misting, and so on. The majority of the plants on our low light indoor plant list can be put on the same watering schedule so you can do it like clockwork! Easy peasy.
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