Can a plant survive without sunlight?
There is no such thing as real indoor plants that grow in complete darkness. Plants need light in order to live and grow, and it wouldn’t take long for them to die if left in complete darkness.
When plants don’t get enough light, they will first start to grow long and leggy. They might even start to lean towards the light if there’s a window or light source nearby. This is a very common problem with indoor plants, and one of the first sign that a houseplant needs more light.
Plants that aren’t getting enough light will also start to lose their color, and start to look dull or even transparent. But don’t worry, most rooms in the house get some natural light, and there are lots of houseplants that tolerate low light conditions, or can adapt to them.
There are even houseplants that thrive in low light areas of the average home, and will suffer if they get too much sunlight! There are lots of good houseplants for low light areas that are easy to care for too! Here are some of them:
1. ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
Often thought of as a no-care houseplant, zz plants are another one of my top picks for low light, low maintenance houseplants. Treat your zz plant just like you would treat your succulents, but keep it out of direct sunlight, and your zz plant will look amazing!
2. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
One of the most classic houseplants, spider plants are great low light indoor plants too. There are a few different varieties of spider plants, and all of them look gorgeous in hanging baskets or set atop a pedestal.
3. Dumb cane houseplant (Dieffenbachia)
As common low light houseplants, dumb cane plants are pretty tolerant of any home environment, and they’re very beautiful indoor plants too. Plus they’re super easy to care for, just keep your dumb cane out of direct sunlight and water when the soil is dry.
4. Arrowhead Vine (Syngonium podophyllum)
Arrowhead vines are easy indoor plants that thrives in low light areas. They look great in mixed containers or in a pot by themselves. Arrowhead vines also fun to propagate, and it’s fun to collect all the different varieties.
5. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
As flowering low light air purifying houseplants, peace lilies have a lot going for them. They’re also easy to grow indoor plants, and one of the most commonly sold houseplants on the market. Peace lilies are a staple in any houseplant collection.
Another classic houseplant, ferns are such gorgeous indoor plants. Requiring little sunlight, they are perfect to grow in just about any room of your house. As long as they get the right amount of water and are kept out of direct sunlight, ferns will grow for many years.
7. Wandering Jew (Tradescantia zebrina)
Most purple houseplants need tons of light to keep their color when grown indoors, but wandering jews will only suffer in a sunny window. They are medium light indoor plants, so give them bright, filtered sunlight and they will happily grow into beautiful houseplants.
If you’re looking for low light tropical plants to add some color to your home, then bromeliads are perfect for you! Bromeliads grow their best in low light conditions, and they come in tons of different colors. They are also one of the best flowering houseplants for low light, and they are really easy to grow.
9. Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)
Unique indoor plants that prefer to be grown in a low light area, prayer plants are super fun to grow! Their leaves are open during the day and then close up at night like little prayer hands, which is where they get their name. Prayer plants will even get tiny flowers on them when they’re happy, which makes them great low light flowering plants too!
10. Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans)
The first time you see this plant, you’ll understand why it’s nickname is “corn plant”. It looks a lot like a corn plant that you’d grow in your garden.
Not only are dracaena fragrans good indoor plants for low light conditions, they are also beautiful, and are super low maintenance indoor plants too!
11. Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)
Named for the fact that it’s an extremely tough plant, cast iron plants thrive on neglect! They are one of the best houseplants for very low light conditions, and will happily grow in just about any area of your home. Stick it in a corner and keep the soil on the dry side, and your cast iron plant will happily grow for years with very little care.
12. Dragon tree (Dracaena marginata)
Things I love the most about dragon trees are all the colors (though the most colorful ones are medium light houseplants, and grow better with bright light), and the fact that they are awesome low light tropical houseplants!
13. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum)
Another one easy low light plants, Chinese evergreens make great houseplants. Not only is the foliage gorgeous, but they also get pretty little white flowers when they’re happy, and bright red berries after the flowers die.
14. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum, aka devil’s ivy)
One of the all-time best low care indoor plants, pothos are also super easy to propagate and rarely have any problems with houseplant pests. Pothos are perfect for growing in hanging baskets, or just allowing the vines to cascade over a coffee table or bookshelf. You can even train the vines to grow vertically on a mini obelisk, climbing plant stake, or moss pole. Pothos plants are perfect houseplants for beginners!
15. English Ivy (Hedera helix)
Another one of the best low light plants that’s commonly sold in garden centers, ivies make great houseplants! Grow them in hanging basket, on top of bookshelves or cabinets, or you could train the vines to grow vertically on this one too by growing them on a mini obelisk, climbing plant stake, or moss pole. Watch out though, spider mites love them and can quickly infest an indoor ivy plant.