Low light plants for your home

I adore plants in homes and can’t explain what a patch of living green can do to enhance an overall space.  Unfortunately though I won’t win any awards for my ability to keep plants alive in the home. While I have been called a green thumb in the past, it’s only because I ensure there are no witnesses of me disposing of a plant in the compost.   But even if you’re not much of a green thumb either, there’s no reason why you can’t still enjoy the benefits of indoor plants in your home! Here are some easy to care for, low light indoor plants.  If they can survive in my home, then they will flourish by you.  

Aloe Vera

aloe vera

Growing up my parents had a massive Aloe Vera plant which we used regularly for burns. And while this plant did receive a lot of sunlight; it can survive well in a darker room.  Less light will cause your aloe vera to go dominate and stunt it’s growth, but will not harm it’s health.  This makes it perfect for an apartment with less light!

What about getting someone to water your aloe vera while you are on vacation?  Totally not necessary!  This plant can handle infrequent watering much like a cactus.  So pack your bags and enjoy your trip knowing that your spikey green friend will be still green when you return home.

Snake Plant

snake plant

Searching for an indestructible plant for a first timer?  It has to be the snake plant.  Little light is required for this plant, it can also go stretches without watering and will remain looking green and fresh.  Added benefit?  The snake plant is top at purifying the air in your home.

Due to the ability to survive darker room conditions, this plant can be the perfect addition to a bathroom or bedroom with limited windows.  Water when the dirt has dried out and change the pot when the roots start to show. 

Pick up a snake plant and never worry when traveling again.

Cast Iron Plant

cast iron plant

Cast iron plant or Aspidistra elatior is another low maintenance plant that prefers low light rooms. With it’s long, leaves and bush nature, it can be a larger statement plant in your home. The key to keeping your cast iron plant happy is to ensure the roots don’t sit in water. A pot with good drainage is important and it is better to water less then risk overwatering this show stopper.



Calathea is a plant with large often colourful leaves and one I consider a medium to easy plant to maintain, as long as a few key points are met. This plant grows on the darker jungle floor, which tells you immediately that less light is needed; however, it does require warmth and humidity.  I had a gorgeous calathea which did well over a whole year, in a darker part of my living room, and then suddenly died off.  I think the roots where too wet and the room too dry.  Once I placed the pot with dirt in the bathroom, a room with little light but more humidity then our living room, and guess what?!  New growth from the barren dirt.  So definitely consider this leafy plant for your more humid rooms.

Umbrella Plant

umbrella plant

Umbrella plant or Schefflera are a good choice for a room with indirect and limited sunlight.  While they require about 4 hours of light a day, it should be indirect light. So, placing it against a north facing window works wonders.  This is another plant which the roots are sensitive to overwatering.  Therefore, water sparingly and ensure the roots can dry out between watering.  Good pot drainage will also ensure that this plant thrives.

ZZ Plant

ZZ Plant

The ZZ or Zamioculcas Zamiifolia (say that three times fast!) is a plant that I specifically bought for dark attic rooms and expected that it would die like all other plants which were placed in those rooms.  However, it thrived.  So well, that I had to get a new pot shortly afterwards.  

The ZZ has a root system that stores water.  Like a camel’s hump, I suppose.  If there are no new shoots growing this plant can go without water for weeks at a time. I know, because I have forgotten to water it in the attic for long spurts of time. 

Not sure if you are over watering?  Check it’s leaves, as it will let you know.  Yellow or brown leaves.  Stop watering!  It really is that simple.  The less water the better for this plant and an absolute must for any newbie to indoor plants.

Peace Lily

peace lily

I have had a peace lily for as long as I can remember.  It was probably the first plant I bought in the Netherlands, 17 long years ago.  I love the white flowers that it gets sporadically and the two that I have currently are re-potted off-shoots of that original plant. 

The peace lily likes water and it won’t harm it if you accidently over water it.  Just give it time to absorb the water and it will be ready for more.  If the leaves are droopy, it wants water! Brown tipped leaves?  It really needs water! With enough water the leaves will stand nice and tall.

 What is harmful for the peace lily is too much sunlight.  I have this plant in a dark corner of a dark room.  It lives there happily where most other plants would struggle. Yellow leaves mean that the direct sunlight is to much for this dark loving plant.   

Once you find the right location for your peace lily, you will be surprised how it flourishes and it will thank you with the most beautiful white flowers. 

Curious if one of these plants will flourish in your dark corner?  Get yours tomorrow via Bol.com in The Netherlands.

With these 7 low maintenance plants, any plant newbie can bring a splash of green into their home without fear of a plant Armageddon occurring anytime soon. There is most definitely a plant on this list for every room in your house, which requires little to no special actions from you to keep them green and healthy.

Is there a favourite, low maintenance plant that you would recommend added to this list?  Let me know about it in the comments below.

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