Houseplants That Don’t Require Much Sunlight

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“I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow.”   – David Hobson

Do you have a home full of plants? Do you love to see them grow and thrive? Or, have you always been a bit tentative about bringing plants into your place? Do you worry that you are unable to take care of them or that your home doesn’t have enough light?

With shorter days and longer nights, along with diminishing sunlight, you may be wondering what plants can survive with minimal sunlight. Luckily, there are many choices! 

  1. Dragon Tree: This is considered a very easy plant to grow indoors. While it’s slow-growing, it can get as tall as 6 feet. (This plant is toxic to dogs and cats.)
  2. Snake Plant: With its narrow, pointy leaves that have a wavy gray-green color to them, the Snake Plant can grow up to 3 feet high. One horticulturist said that the Snake Plant “practically thrives on neglect, “ – so even if you don’t think you have a green thumb – you can probably keep this plant alive.
  3. Spider Plant: This is an extremely adaptable plant that seems to conform to the conditions it’s given. If it flourishes, your Spider Plant will have lots of “babies.” The babies can be potted to create additional plants.
  4. Ming Aralia: While the Ming Aralia doesn’t require tons of sunlight, it does require that you keep its soil moist – so keep that in mind if you tend to forget to water your plants.
  5. Nerve Plant (Mosaic Plant): This is a spreading evergreen that comes in several different color varieties. You will often see it inside of terrariums as it does require high humidity to thrive.
  6. Ponytail Palm Tree: The Ponytail Palm Tree is neither a palm nor a tree, but instead, it is a succulent. It likes dry conditions – so no worries if you forget to water it now and then.
  7. Bromeliad: Would you like a houseplant that looks a bit exotic and adds a touch of color to your space? Then a Bromeliad is the answer! 
  8. Peace Lily: This is an easy and adaptable low-maintenance plant. It can grow up to 40 inches tall, and its blooms can last up to two months.
  9. Parlor Palm: This is a true palm and brings a nice tropical look to your home. It can grow up to six feet tall – so it looks great in a corner where you may need some height.
  10. Dieffenbachia: The leaves on this plant are large and make a statement. And it’s super low maintenance! It doesn’t require a lot of water or a lot of sunlight – so that’s a win-win.
  11. Heartleaf Philodendron: This is an extremely popular houseplant for a reason – it’s easy to care for!
  12. Chinese Evergreen: With many varieties and the ability to adapt to different light conditions, the Chinese Evergreen is a fantastic houseplant. Their flowers look similar to those of a Peace Lily.
  13. Cast Iron Plant: The Cast Iron Plant has large, glossy, green leaves and is a great plant for your home, many view it as indestructible. It can be moved outside to your patio or balcony during the spring and summer months, too. 

Nowadays, you can head to your local nursery or garden shop to pick up some of your favorite houseplants – or even have them shipped directly to your apartment. There’s no need to wait for tons of daylight to add some greenery to your place – just pick up a couple of the plants on this list! 

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