Who doesn’t like to add a green spot to their home? It adds height and color and sometimes even fragrance! But only a few can truly maintain the upkeep that plants require. This is why we bring you the easiest indoor options to brighten up your home. Check out the best indoor plants for low light and no light that don’t need sun and very little attention.
1. The Snake plant
Let’s start with the most easily available first. Mother-in-law’s tongue or Sansevieria is one of the most common houseplants. It’s popular because it can survive pretty much anything, maybe even an apocalypse. In summers, you can water it around once a week. In winters, the interval is even longer. A good way to check is to see if the soil is dry, and that’s a sign of water. If not, you’re good for another couple of days. It’s your choice whether you want it in the sun or shade – it thrives anywhere. Just make sure not to overwater! Use this ultra-modern, metal watering can to help you.
2. Tillandsia – Air plant
This is a no-fuss plant. It needs low sun and low water. It needs no soil! Just keep it in a place with indirect light, like opposite a window. Dunk it in water once a week for 2-3 hours, and you can forget about this pretty piece for a few days.
Haworthia is certainly worthy! It’s a plant that looks similar to the Aloe vera but doesn’t require nearly as much time from you. These belong to a group of succulents that grow without you noticing too much. With pearly white dots and patterns, they can spruce up the look of your home pretty fast! You can place this one near the window, and it’ll do just fine. Just keep it away from low temperatures. Something as pretty as this deserves a cute pot like this one for sure.
4. English Ivy
We love all things English – Breakfast and even Ivy! This one will thrive away from direct sunlight. But it can survive on indirect light. The more it gets – the brighter the color gets. It’ll look great on any wall as it grows quickly into a vine. But you’ll have to be patient because it can take years for a whole wall to be covered in this beauty. But if you want to speed things along, we suggest some indoor plant food that can provide the right nutrients to the soil.
It has been specially formulated for indoor use.
5. Purifying Peace lilies
These are natural air purifiers. Peace lilies aren’t flowers but are just a tract of leaf growing around the stem. But your guests don’t have to know! They enjoy medium to low light and certainly make any room brighter with their presence. However, do keep in mind that these can be severely toxic to pets.
6. Bamboo-zle it up!
We love a cute bamboo in the center of your coffee table. And it’s pretty common to see one in an indoor setting too. Wonder why that is? Because they’re so easy to grow. Just dump them in a pot of water, and you’re good to grow. You can even put them in soil, and they will thrive just as well.
A ceramic planter would look great with the long leaves of the bamboo, especially when it comes in cute colors like rose and yellow.
7. Parlor Palm
Just as the name suggests, this is an ideal one to beautify your living room or dining hall. Place it in a corner. Though it won’t catch any attention, it will create a subtle allure about the room. Keep them in a shady spot because they’re some of the best plants that need a medium to low light. Choose one with a tall height for maximum visual effect.
8. Sword Fern
Want a plant that adds width and not length? Should it be good enough to be a centerpiece? Sword fern in a fancy brass pot is a great look. It’s great for indoors because it requires moisture and not sun. So why not keep it next to the bathtub or in the kitchen for a minimalist but effective touch? Of course, it might get too big for a corner at one point. You’ll have to keep giving it a good trim once in a while, and you can even keep it on a stool.
9. The cast iron or bar-room plant
Plants give us a lot, but some give us extra. This is one of those. It adds that extra moisture to the air, so you don’t need to invest in a humidifier. It only requires a shady spot in the corner. It sure does liven up the room with its presence, so it’s perfect for living rooms and bar nooks. Direct sun will burn its leaves, so it should stay indoors opposite a window or opening.
10. The eternity or ZZ
This one is known to outlast a drought, hence the name. It has dark green uniform leaves that pair perfectly next to a bare yellow or white wall. We can imagine it sprucing up your kitchen too. Thankfully, it requires very little water and sun. This is the reason it’s so easy to overwater it and kill it. Do be careful of the sap as it can irritate your skin! Here’s a pair of cool gardening gloves that will save you from thorns and pesky bugs.
Dracaena is a wide genus that has more than 100 varieties under its wing. The good news is that most of them live on low light and definitely can’t stand the snow or frost, so they are great indoors. The most common variety is the Song of India, Dragon tree, Cornstalk, and Gold Dust. They are resistant to drought conditions, so watering is not an issue. It’s another natural air-purifier, so get more of these to beat the pollution.
There are many varieties in this genus, and most are made for the inside of the home. They are beautiful with shiny leaves and trailing vines. Your interiors will surely glow in a way like never before. Hang the vines around a painting or frame you want to highlight, or let it fall out of a hanging basket. It’s a great plant that requires minimum sun. There’s just one catch – it’s not safe for pets.
13. A lovely olive tree
If you’ve got a liking to the Mediterranean coast, then you would love olive trees. It’s large and does well indoors. It needs to be placed near a sun-facing window, but not outside. They do require less water as most are drought-resistant. Take care not to water it too much as they will die on your hands with that generosity. The flowering season is from October to April, and the fragrance is unmatchable. You’ll thank yourself for the natural all-year-around air freshener.
Large low light indoor plants
Sometimes you need a centerpiece or focal point to get your living room decor right. This can be done with a large indoor plant. Let’s take a look at some large low light indoor plants.
1. Yucca cane
This is not just one for the deserts. It can grow up to 8 feet tall in your living room, and that’s what will create a lovely sense of coziness. It survives in low light or indirect light and with little water. You only need to water it when the soil feels dry. If you haven’t the slightest bit of time, there’s always an artificial silk plant to replace it. It’ll look just as natural without all the hard work!
2. Chinese fan palm
Gorgeous large, fanned leaves with a gloss like no other are the USP of this plant. It can reach heights of 15 feet when at its best. It’s growing wonderfully in our shady spot on the patio upfront. However, it will do just as well in the living room or dining hall too. It thrives in bright indirect light. The heightened flair it adds is incomparable.
3. Areca Palm
These are most common in public places because they have a wonderful aura. They can grow up to 15-20 feet, and they get wider from the top as they grow. You can expect 8-10 feet in width. They also grow in shady spots like most palms. Because they are so easy maintenance and yet so attractive, you’ll find them in offices and receptions.
4. Umbrella palms
Try this if you want something less common and taller but less wide. It thrives in moist, shady spots. It’ll just need a plate of water to rest in. The stems are umbrella-shaped, with leaves on the top and largely empty stems below.
As discussed above, these are great for indoor environments. But the heartleaf variety is our personal favorite because it’s the large low light plant we all need. It’s tall and shaped most romantically. We also love a tall Imperial Red or Imperial Green plant. It’s stunning to see the leaves change colors when they mature.
6. The fiddle leaf fig
This is a popular one. Despite not being a flowering plant, it’s very beautiful. The large glossy leaves are what take center stage. The deep green color looks stunning in any setting. Most homeowners will place it as a focal point of attraction in the living room or bedroom. The fiddle lead needs filtered light and so can be placed in the shade. It hates sudden temperature shifts. Take it from us- our plant wilted very fast next to the air conditioner. Keep the soil moist but do not overwater, or root rot will become your worst nightmare. And remember to keep your pets away from this one!
Hanging plants that don’t need sunlight
We’ve got some large and small ones, but we need some hanging plants in the mix. In spring and summer, these are especially lovely to look at when they flower. We all need a few of them in our homes.
1. Spider plant
Easy-peasy to grow and lovely leaves to stare at all day. This has white and light green long leaves that almost look radioactive when under the light. Place it in a hanging basket like this one on your porch or even a bedroom windowsill. Don’t worry – it won’t attract spiders. I think.
2. Baby’s tears
Not real ones, of course. But it is a cute little plant with tiny round leaves that grows wonderfully inside a hanging basket in your home. They need filtered light as they will burn indirect light. It can grow in the shade as well. A minimalist like this one deserves a place on the kitchen windowsill or hanging in the study. If you’re worried about stability, may we suggest some stable hooks?
3. Succulents like Burro’s Tail
We don’t know who Burro is, but his tail looks magnificent in a hanging planter. It is a succulent that looks spectacular not on the table but hanging from the ceiling. The plump leaves or stalks are unusual and surprisingly refreshing. Succulents are all indoor plants that require little to no sun. The Burro’s tail is another succulent with distinct features from its family but similar characteristics. It looks cute, whether in a modern mansion or an office!
4. String of pearls
Another great hanging plant is the string of pearls. The leaves are green pearls, if you will. It can tolerate neglect and thrives on it too. Let the soil dry out for some time because it is drought-resistant. It’s a good idea to hang it high enough to be out of reach for pets and children. If real succulents like this one are still too high maintenance – get this artificial set of string of pearls that look incredibly real. You can even pair them with real plants to mix them up and make them look even more authentic.
Fertilizers for low-light plants
Just because a plant is indoors doesn’t mean it doesn’t need nutrition! It needs more. You will have to take care of the depleted nutrition because it’s not getting the usual sunlight. For flowering plants, we can suggest a fertilizer higher in phosphorus. For foliage, choose the usual NPK in equal parts. Here are some suggestions on which one to go for:
1. Liquid Fertilizers
Liquid fertilizers don’t mean you can pour them directly into the soil. All fertilizers require dilution. We love this Dyna-Grow Liquid with 16 wonderful nutrients. You can use it for multiple things. It’s great for irrigation injectors and siphon mixers. It can also be used for hydroculture and mineral deficient plants. It even keeps pests and prevents the plants from infection and parasites. It also contains calcium. Calcium is a mineral most neglected yet most lacking in plants.
2. Water-soluble granule form
Granule form fertilizers will need to be mixed into the appropriate amount of water before pouring into the soil. Miracle-Gro is a very popular option in the market right now. It has almost 50000 ratings and still tops the charts with 4.7 stars. You only need 1/2 tsp in two gallons of water every two weeks. So a bag of 4kg will last you a long time! You should check out the pictures of flower bushes and shrubs in the comments and be impressed.
Choose a non-toxic and organic fertilizer if you’re weary of the chemicals. It’s perfect for a home with kids. It’s also ready to use out of the box. It generally includes things like coconut husk, chips, and perlite. Like in this Noot Organic Mix, you can expect a great turnaround in your plants. It’s even sustainably sourced. Just keeps getting better!
4. For cacti and succulents
There are special fertilizers out there for this particular family of plants. The Grow More Cactus Juice is especially recommended for your green thumb adventures. It’s in liquid form, and the ratio is 1-7-6 because these require a higher quantity of phosphorus. You require only 1 tsp per gallon of water every two weeks. So this bottle isn’t finishing up anytime soon! It’s cost-effective and leads to superb echeverias and Burro’s tail!
Let’s answer some of those burning questions regarding the best indoor plants for low light and no light environments without sun.
The snake plant or Sansevieria is a miracle worker when it comes to the house. They survive without water and light for weeks. That doesn’t mean you should stop watering them. But they won’t mind a little neglect. They are also known to ignore what pot you settle for. It can be long, round, or square. However, snake plant leaves will always find a way to grow right through them.
A golden pothos can thrive in a dark room. It can also purify and remove odors from your place. It’s low maintenance and generally perfect for those who don’t have a minute to rest. It is also known as the Devil’s Ivy because it is impossible to kill. It will grow in vines around your room.
Decorate your bookshelves or hang them around a painting and spruce up the home! It’s also known as a money plant. There’s a specific legend saying. the more it thrives, the more money you gather!
Well, there are hundreds of them! The question is – which one looks good in your home? The yucca cane is a large one. The snake plant can be accommodated anywhere. The ZZ or eternity plant is just that, even without the light. You can also rely on a fair share of palms for low-light thriving.
They include the Areca and the Chinese Fan. Make sure to check out the Umbrella and Parlor Palms as well. Choose succulents like echeveria and Burro’s tail if you want small plants. Peace lilies and begonias are great if you want a touch of beautiful flowering.
Apartments are tricky. Since there is less space to get creative, the options are limited. But even then, you have some basic small options. The bamboo is always small and cute on a small desk or coffee table. You could try the unique jade or baby’s tears that don’t take up a lot of space or much of your time. People also love the Golden pothos or Devil’s Ivy trailing along with their windows or ledges.
A good rule of thumb is to fertilize them every 2-3 weeks. But it’s a good idea to read the labels for directions before you assume.
It’s also unnecessary to fertilize during the winter months as they won’t grow as much anyway. You can certainly end up over-fertilizing and killing your plants, so watch out for those signs.