Have you been afraid to try growing houseplants in your home, or a particular room, because you think you don't have enough light? Fear not! These plants thrive in low light conditions and are also easy to grow. If you are not sure what kind of light you have, consider this: A south-facing room with lots of windows has high light. Medium light would be in an east or west facing room, north-facing rooms, or rooms with no windows are considered low-light rooms. If your room has no windows, you should leave lights on twelve hours a day, or rotate low-light plants into the room for a few weeks at a time before moving them back to a naturally lit room.
Cast Iron Plant
Here's a houseplant that truly lives up to its name. Cast iron plant, Aspidistra elatior, thrives on neglect and lives happily in dark rooms with only occasional watering. Plus, this rugged plant spreads slowly, so it rarely needs repotting. Cast iron plant grows 2-3 feet tall and produces dark green narrow leaves. There is also a variegated form, but it can be difficult to find.
There's no mistaking where this handsome houseplant got its common name. Corn plant, Dracaena fragrans, produces strap-like leaves that bear a strong resemblance to sweet corn. The plants grow 3-6 feet tall and thrive in low light. Water whenever the soil feels dry to the touch. Corn plants are sold in bush form or on tall, architecturally interesting bare canes.
Over the past few years red Aglaonema has taken the houseplant world by storm. With spectacular red-pink-and-green leaves, this new introduction will brighten even the darkest room. Red Aglaonema doesn't mind dry soil either, so it makes a great gift for forgetful gardeners. Originally called Chinese evergreen, Aglaonema is almost foolproof.
Easy and elegant: that's how we describe peace lily. This low-light houseplant sends up pure white flower spaths on tall, graceful stems. Peace lily also has shiny green foliage that looks great even when the plants aren't blooming. Often sold under its botanic name, Spathiphyllum, peace lily grows 18-36 inches tall and makes a relatively undemanding houseplant. However, it does require regular watering and will wilt dramatically if allowed to dry out completely.
Brighten the dark corners of your home with the cheerful foliage of prayer plant, Maranta leuconeura. This easy-care charmer sports variegated green-and-cream leaves with bright red veins. It gets its name from the fact that the leaves fold up at night. Prayer plant only grows 6-8 inches tall, so it's a good choice for an end table or bookshelf. Water the plants whenever the soil feels dry to the touch and keep it away from direct sunlight.
Perfect for a hanging basket or urn, the trailing foliage of English ivy is a great choice if you want to lush up a dull room. English ivy comes in a wide variety of leaf colors and shapes and thrives in low light. In fact, it's the perfect plant to grow on a cool, north-facing windowsill. You also can train English ivy into a variety of topiary shapes. English ivy can be bothered by spider mites, so mist the plants often to prevent these pests from gaining a foothold.
One of the most colorful members of the dracaena family, variety 'Tricolor' has beautiful, strap-like red-green-and-cream leaves that add a touch of elegance to any room of your house. 'Tricolor' is often sold as a standard (tree form) in different heights so you can cluster several together to create a miniature forest. Water whenever the soil feels dry to the touch and remove any faded leaves as they appear.
Native to Central America, arrowhead vine, Syngonium podophyllum, can tolerate a wide range of low-light conditions. Its handsome foliage can be bright green, bronze, or variegated. When young, arrowhead vine forms a bushy mound; over time the plants will begin to vine, making them ideal for hanging baskets or trained up a trellis or totem. Pinch your plants if they begin to get too leggy. Water only when the soil feels dry to the touch.