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14 Top Houseplants You Should Pick for Very Low Light Area

November 11, 2016

Houseplants seem to gain more and more popularity among people in many places around the world now. This may be inseparable from the fact that these plants are believed to have the ability to purify indoor air.

The question is; is that opinion true? Can houseplants really clean polluted air?

Thankfully, researches have been conducted in some previous time in order to prove whether or not the air purifier function of houseplants is really true.

And the good news for everyone to know is that the answers obtained from the researches point more to the fact that houseplants can really clean dirty air, even in one of the world’s smoggiest place like India.

Something like this may be related to the ability of houseplants to absorb evaporative chemical substances that are commonly found in household items and can possibly be harmful after a long period of time. Those items include cleaning supplies, furniture, paints, and many others.

In this article, we will talk more about houseplants, especially very low light houseplants and the best choices of the plants that you should consider more to plant in your house.

Here, you will not only be able to find the fun facts of the plants but also some other beneficial additional information, including some inspirational ideas about how to place the plants indoor.

Let’s begin!

What Is Houseplants?

what is houseplants?


Houseplants can simply be described as plants that can be grown inside with only a very little amount of sunlight or even no sunlight at all. These plants are commonly planted in pots or containers and are placed inside house, office, or any other building.

Why Houseplants Are Popular Now?

why houseplants are popular now?


If previously it has been mentioned that houseplants are popular because they can serve the air purifier function, you also need to know that these plant other benefits as another reasons behind the popularity.

The first other benefit of houseplants is the decorative value they have. This make the plants often preferred as natural indoor decoration to place inside buildings, including residential buildings and office buildings.

The second other benefit is the psychological effects to people who see the plants. Undeniably, for some people, seeing plants can be very helpful in gaining peace.

Who Can Plant Houseplants?

who can plant houseplants?


Basically, everyone can plant houseplants in their house. However, if you want more specific information, these plants can totally be a perfect choice for people who do not have enough space to plant plants directly in ground.
They can be people with home with cramped yard or people who live in a place with no yard at all such as apartments.

Other people who can plant houseplants too are those who live in polluted area. No matter whether the air outside is bad and dirty they can always inhale better quality air whenever they are at home because the houseplant already clean and purify the air in there.

This way, people can surely increase their health quality, especially the part that is related to respiratory system.

Where Should People Plant Houseplants?

where should people plant houseplants?


Since houseplants are indoor plants, obviously people should plant these plants in their house. In a more specific explanation, the plants can be planted in various types of planter, including containers and pots, which can be the solution of the lack of planting place faced by many people nowadays.

By planting houseplants in containers and pot, people will also gain benefit. It is that it will be much easier for them to place the plants in desired location in their house. Whenever they want to move the plants to other location, the containers and pots also make everything easier.

How to Plant Houseplants

how to plant houseplants?


Planting houseplants is not a hard thing to do. There are only some steps you need to follow in the planting process.

  1. Prepare seedling, mix soil, pot or container, and enough water
  2. Take the seedling from its old package. You can leave the old soil still but you need to remember that it is not enough to use this soil only. That is the reason why you need to add an enough amount of mix soil
  3. Place a small amount of mix soil at the bottom of the pot or container. Then, you can place the seedling plus its soil in the pot or container. Lastly you need to add mix soil until the amount of soil needed to fill the planter is reached
  4. The last step you can do is watering the plant. However, if you see that the soil is still quite wet, there is no need to do so

In this part you are suggested more to use seedling instead of seed because it is easier to plant. This way, there is a bigger chance for the plant to survive and grow bigger.

How to Care Houseplants

how to care houseplants?


Caring for houseplants is very simple to do. The keys are only watering and giving enough light.
For the watering, you really need to know that almost all types of houseplants do not need too much water. A small amount of water only is enough to give the event moisture needed for the growth.

Besides, before re-watering the plant, you need to check the soil surface since it needs to be dry before the next watering.

What Is Very Low Light Houseplants?

what is very low light houseplants?


While houseplants can be explained as indoor plants, you need to know that there are two different types of houseplants available.

The first one is houseplants that still need to be taken outside or at least placed near windows because they need indirect sunlight to grow and the other one is houseplants that can just be placed inside since they only need a very little amount of light or even no light at all.

The second type of houseplants is actually the main topic of this post, which is none other but very low light houseplants.

Who Can Plant Very Low Light Houseplants?

who can plant very low light houseplants?


As you may already know, some places in this world are lucky because they almost always gain enough sunlight in every year while some other areas are not so lucky since the level of sunlight there is considered very low.

For people who live in very low light area, the second type of houseplants is definitely considerable option to plant inside house.

Commonly, people who live in such area often doubt about whether or not it is possible for them to plant plants in their house, while they also know that the low level of sunlight possibly makes it quite hard for them to plant outside. With the availability of houseplants for very low light area, everything is very possible now.

The fact is even better because even the sunlight is very limited in low light area, the houseplants type two can still grow healthily.

The best thing of all, these plants can also still purify air in the area where they are placed. This is definitely also the reason why the plants are often chosen to place inside buildings, especially office buildings, including also the ones located in highly polluted location, this time.

Where and How to Plant the Very Low Light Houseplants?

where and how to plant the very low light houseplants?


For this sub-heading, you need to know that the only explanation can be given to you is that there is no difference between the place to plant houseplants and also the ones belongs to very low light category. This is basically because all houseplants are commonly planted inside by using pots or containers.

As for the way to plant houseplants for very low light area, it is also the same with the way to plant houseplants explained previously. The difference is as a matter of fact located in the way to care each plant.

Some houseplants for very low light area need special way of caring for the best result. The explanation about this will be given to you later.

14 Top Very Low Light Houseplants to Consider More

14 top very low light houseplants to consider more


When you realize you are living in very low light areas, when you know that you do not have any space for planting in your yard, when you want to increase the quality of your indoor air, it is the right time for you to consider planting very low light houseplants.

The main key is none other but choosing the right houseplants that can really survive in very low light area. To help you out on that, here is the list of 14 top houseplants that can totally be planted in very low light area.

Additional information about each plant will also be added so you will know better about how to plant each plant inside your house.

  1. Anthurium
  2. anthurium, very low light indoor houseplants


    The first example of best houseplants for very low light is Anthurium. The best thing about this houseplant is that it has stunning flower with three different tones you can pick. Those include pink, red, and white.

    Even if you place this plant in very low light, there is still a quite big chance for it to rebloom over and over again as long as you maintain to care it well.

    Caring Tips: When growing Anthurium inside your house, the most important thing you need to keep in mind is making sure that the moisture of the soil is good. This is the reason why regular watering is needed.

    However, you must also remember that the soil must not be too moist or, even worse, too wet, since this will only kill the plant quickly.

  3. Calathea
  4. calathea, very low light indoor houseplants


    The next houseplant is also a flowery plant. This is Calathea. When bloom, you will see the beautiful orange flowers with a rather unique look that is quite similar to small-size feather duster.

    Unfortunately, even this plant can definitely grow in very low light area in order to bloom often it needs a quite large amount of sunlight.

    In other words, when you live in very low light area, the chance for you to see this plant bloom is quite low. Even so, its green leaves can still be a good decoration to your home interior, especially because of the multicolor appearance.

    Caring Tips: As any other houseplants, this one also needs good moisture to grow healthily so you need to water the plant consistently.

    Actually, you can manage to make the plant bloom if you want too. However, to do so you will need the help of special lighting system designed for indoor gardening. With this you can get artificial sunlight to help the plant to bloom.

    Other thing to consider here is this idea might cost you a quite large amount of cash since the special lighting system is different from regular lighting system usually used in housings.

  5. Chinese Evergreen
  6. chinese evergreen, very low light indoor houseplants


    Chinese evergreen is a houseplant that is also popular by the name of Aglaonema. Even the plant does not produce any flower, this one is chosen quite a lot not only because of the air purifier function but also because it is very easy to grow. The low maintenance characteristic also makes it a very good choice for busy people.

    Caring Tips: The most important form of caring for this houseplant type is none other but watering. Although so, there is something a bit different here. It is that you need to make sure that the soil is nicely dry before you water it again in order to get the right moisture that can allow the plant to grow.

  7. Dieffenbachia
  8. dieffenbachia, very low light indoor houseplants


    Dieffenbachia is a houseplant with preference to low light. It is very reasonable then if with no sunlight at all this plant can grow nicely.

    Caring Tips: There are at least two growing tips you can remember and apply in real life when about to plant Dieffenbachia in your house.

    The first is; before watering the plant again in order to get the right moisture it needs, it is important for the soil to be dry first or else it will be too moist and become a bad place for the plant to grow.

    The next tip is related to an issue that Dieffenbachia, which is also known by the name of Dumb Cane, is believed to contain poison. While there is not any special research has been done in order to find out about the fact, it is so much better for you to take it into consideration. It is especially when you have kids or/and pets at home.

  9. Ferns
  10. ferns, very low light indoor houseplants


    The best thing about fern as an option of very low light houseplants is because it is available in so many options. Some of the best options, which are chosen more often by those who love to plant for indoor location, are; Autumn Fern, Button Fern, Maidenhair Fern, and also Rabbit’s Foot Fern.

    Caring Tips: Even the light level is very low it would be great if once in a while you expose this green houseplant to the light. This will allow the plant to stay healthy until it reaches its maximum lifespan.

    Just like other houseplants, this one also needs moist soil. Enough watering that is done consistently is best for it.

  11. Ivy
  12. ivy, very low light indoor houseplants


    This low light houseplant is popular by its unique-shaped leaves. Some species even has two tones for the leaves that make its look even more attractive.

    Caring Tips: Besides the fact you need to provide good moisture in the soil when Ivy plant grows, it is important to consider about where to place Ivy plant in your house remembering that Ivy can be included in the category of vines.

    The best placement for Ivy is in a rather high location instead of on floor. The example can be on shelf, countertop, or even special trellis you have prepared for the Ivy to spread.

  13. Lucky Bamboo
  14. lucky bamboo, very low light indoor houseplants


    Lucky Bamboo is a very interesting option when it comes to houseplants that can grow in very low light area. The interesting value is not only located in the highly unique look it has, which is usually offered in braided style. This plant is also very interesting and loved by many people because it is very easy to keep.

    Caring Tips: Believe it or not, Lucky Bamboo can really be grown in water only without any soil. If you choose to plant the bamboo this way, you must change the water every week for better growth.

    Of course, even the bamboo can be placed in water only you can still plant it in soil if you want to. The tip is by keeping the moisture event, not too wet and not too dry.

  15. Peace Lily
  16. peace lily, very low light indoor houseplants


    Many people fall in love with this houseplant, especially because of the beautiful white flower. The flower is even more special because it usually reblooms in more than a time in every year. The blooms occur even when the plant only get very low light every day. A plant like this can be a perfect decoration for any home interior, right?

    Caring Tips: The way to grow Peace Lily is quite the same with the way to grow any other houseplants, in which even moisture is needed for the soil. Over-watering will result to bad condition for the plant.

    In relation to the flowers, you need to know that these may not always occur. If you find that your Peace Lily is not blooming for too long, you can move the plant a while to darker room. This way may be related to the fact that the plant is included in the category of shade-loving plant.

    Blooms can also be stimulated by giving fertilizer annually to the plant.

  17. Philodendron
  18. philodendron, very low light indoor houseplants


    Another interesting choice for very low light houseplants category is Philodendron. The fun fact about this is that it is available in various looks that can be totally different from one to another and makes people think that each of them comes from different type.

    There is Philodendron that has climbing characteristic. There is one that looks more like vine. The other is non-climbing and do not need any support to climb and grow. Other than these, there are still some other types of Philodendron available, including the one with large and split leaves.

    Caring Tips: Even Philodendron is basically a leafy plant with no flower fertilizer is basically needed to make it grow well. Especially for this houseplant, it is not suggested to give fertilizer too often since annual fertilizing is enough.

  19. Pothos
  20. pothos, very low light indoor houseplants


    Many people often mistakenly considered Pothos as Philodendron. As a matter of fact, both are different. Pothos usually has less-round leaves and tend to be the climbing type while Philodendron is available in more various types.

    Other thing you need to know about Pothos is that it is a quite strong low light houseplants even when planted in a rather hard location, such as a location with a very low light.

    Caring Tips: There is not much to say about how to grow Pothos properly since everything can really be done very easily. As long as you are sure that the soil is dry before the next watering, you can be sure also that your Pothos can grow well in your house.

  21. Rex Begonia
  22. rex begonia with very rich stunning color, very low light indoor houseplants


    If you want a low light houseplants with very stunning look, Rex Begonia might be the right choice to pick. This plant is actually not flowery but it has rich multicolor leaves with purple or red as the dominant color. Sometimes, a bit of green touch also decorates the leaves.

    Caring Tips: When growing Rex Begonia in very low light indoor environment, the only thing you need to pay attention to is watering. The best thing you can do here is making sure that the 1” of the soil surface is perfectly dry before the next watering. This is needed to be done in order to avoid the roots from being rotten.

  23. Snake Plant
  24. snake indoor, very low light houseplants


    The look of Snake Plant might be so simple with its long and rather straight hard leaves. Even so, the popularity of this plant should not be underestimated.

    This plant is not only able to purify air in your home interior but can also create micro-climate in there since it has the ability to dry the inside of your house. Of course, this amazing benefit can only be obtained when you plant enough Snake Plant in your house.

    Another fun fact about Snake Plant that you have to know also is the fact this plant can be used also as natural mosquito repellent. This function can work even better when you also plant the plant in your garden.

    Caring Tips: Snake Plant is basically a plant that does not need too much water. Giving it too much water is definitely not a good idea. In cold environment especially, such as in air-conditioned room or when it is winter, this plant only need a very little amount of water every once in a while.

  25. Staghorn Fern
  26. staghorn fern, very low light indoor houseplants


    If you know Staghorn Fern, all this time you may think that this plant is more suitable to be planted outside instead of inside your house. The fact is not really like that because the plant can also be a very interesting choice of indoor houseplant.

    The best thing about this fern type is that it can make a highly humid location in your house like bathroom or laundry room to feel better.

    Caring Tips: Growing Staghorn Fern in your interior is easier than you think. Naturally, this fern grows well on trees, which means it does not need any soil at all to grow well. Of course, this is the reason why mounting it on wall is the best choice to grow this plant in your house.

    This plant also needs a little moisture especially around the roots. If possible, giving it a small amount of light can be helpful also even if no natural light at all is still fine for the growth.

  27. ZZ Plant
  28. ZZ, very low light indoor houseplants


    Among all very low light houseplants we talk about in this post, ZZ plant is very suitable to call as the toughest one. This plant can grow well even in dry environment. Moreover, if the light level in your house is very low, this will never be a problem since the plant can still totally grow even in extremely low light environment.

    Caring Tips: Caring for this plant is so easy. You only need to give it a small amount of water once in a while. Even if you have to be away a while that you cannot water the plant, there is no need to worry because this plant will survive without a doubt.

Houseplant Indoor Placement Ideas

As a bonus, here are 5 simple yet interesting ideas of placing the type of houseplants we discuss here in your house.

  1. For tall houseplants like Dieffenbachia, tall pots or containers would be a great choice to place the plants inside your house. Besides, this allows you to place the potted plants on floor instead of on table or countertops
  2. dieffenbachia plants placed in tall ceramic pots


  3. Indoor area that needs better quality air or where the traffic is higher. The example can be seen here where container Snake Plant is placed on coffee table that is located in living room area. Instead of enhancing the air quality in the room only, this container plant can also function at the same time as decoration
  4. container snake plant placed on coffee table in living room area


  5. Instead of leaving Ivy plant to dangle down from the pot where it is planted, there is another choice of planting you can take into consideration. The choice is by providing trellis or unique topiary for the plant to spread on and follow the shape of the trellis or topiary
  6. ivy plant grow in unique topiary


  7. Placing low light houseplants in working space as you can see in this picture can be a great idea too. Of course, this idea is applicable too when you have home office or a study room
  8. low light houseplants in working space


    Adding houseplants in office space like this does not only give better quality air. Instead, this can possibly also increase productivity level.

  9. Air purifier function of houseplants that can live in very low light area can be felt well when you place a lot of houseplants in a room
  10. snake plants placed inside modern wooden planter


    As an example, here you can see a picture of living room that is decorated with snake plants placed inside wooden planter. The lot number of snake plant here increases the chance for the indoor air to be cleaner and fresher.

    For you to know, the way to place houseplants like this is applicable not only in living room but any other room in your house.

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