Most people are not born with plant skills, and that’s okay since there are plenty of hard-to-kill indoor plants that can help you incorporate some parts of nature into your household. But do not be tricked by their intricate looks; they are more sturdy than one might assume, and a few can even endure severe deprivation. However, note that I am not motivating you to neglect these harmless lifeforms!
Low-light conditions almost always challenge indoor gardeners. Even plants that thrive in the canopy outside require more brightness when cultivated indoors, which can be challenging to come by unless you can provide supplemental light sources. However, do not lose your hope! There are still a handful of houseplant species that flourish in almost any light level.
And even if you’re not a big plant person (and if you have accidentally killed many plants!), there are a plethora of indoor plants that are easy to care for, accommodating to your needs, and tolerant. Lucky for you, I have come up will an elaborate list of 10 low-light indoor plants to decorate your home. I have also added a few care tips to help you understand their requirements on the plus side. Stay tuned!
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1. Peace Lily
Peace lilies are eye-catching indoor greenery with bright white flowers. They are among the few foliage plants that will bloom in both higher and lower light conditions. Peace lily plants are sturdy, with shiny, deep green orbicular leaves that slim towards the edge.
The foliage emerges directly from the soil. These plants produce softly scented white blooms that closely mimic calla lilies regularly. The long-lasting blossoms begin as faint green and gradually turn milky white as they unfold.
Care Tips: Fertilizer is not required for these species. If you wish to fertilize, use a balanced water-based plant food like NPK 20-20-20 once in three months. Peace lilies prefer temperatures ranging from 68 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 10 degrees Fahrenheit at night. They have broad leaves that collect dust. To clean buildups, swab leaves with a wet cloth regularly.
2. Spider Plant
Among the most widely accepted indoor plant is the spider plant. It is simple to thrive and is prevalent mainly due to the simplicity and pace with which it produces new plants. Spider plants are ideal for swinging baskets as long, grassy leaf buds in green, yellow, and white stripes. Lengthy spindly stems with many tiny white flowers and mini plantlets appear on healthy plants.
Care Tips: Temperatures around 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the day and 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit at night are best suited. Relocate spider plants a few feet away from doors and windows in the cold season to safeguard them from wind drafts. Between watering schedules, these plants must be allowed to dry out. Every day, inspect their soil. Spider plants can be grown in regular potting soil. Throughout active growth phases, nourish plants with a liquid or time-release plant fertilizer.
3. Pothos Plant (Money Plant)
A money plant, according to popular opinion, is a money-making gizmo! One might obtain financial success by keeping a money plant in the household. It is one of the most effortless plants and a lovely inclusion to any house or apartment.
Finest of all, pothos plants thrive in almost any environment. This quickly growing indoor plant is ideal for both novice and experienced indoor growers. It looks lovely dangling down from shelves and across a wall to create a dramatic look. Not to forget that the plant is easy and forgiving of a wide range of conditions.
Care Tips: Pothos plants prefer to dry out in between water schedules. You might have left it unwatered too long if you observe discolored or fallen leaves. Ensure to nourish the plant once a month during the spring, when it is rigorously growing.
4. Arrowhead Plant
The arrowhead is a lovely dangling or climbing plant that multiplies efficiently in the appropriate circumstances. The foliar framework of the arrowhead vine shifts as it reaches maturity, from a simplistic arrow shape to a profoundly lobed or split seasoned leaf. Its foliage can range from deep green and white to pale green and bright pink, depending upon its cultivars.
Care Tips: It likes temperatures somewhere around 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit (16 and 24 degrees Celsius) and can withstand a broader spectrum if essential. Water your arrowhead regularly in the spring and early summer, and then decrease your watering frequency in the cold season. Throughout the spring, and summer seasons, nourish the arrowhead once a month with nutrient solution.
5. ZZ Plant
ZZ plant is the absolute legend of every Instagram-able indoor plant bundle, the one with the looks on the edge of the picture frame as you skim through the newsfeed. The Zamioculcas zamiifolia, also known as the ZZ Plant, is a tropical plant endemic to Eastern Africa that has grown in popularity over the last decade due to its tolerance to various environmental conditions. The ZZ has seamless, inherently bright foliage in many different colors, from brilliant lime to olive green.
Care Tips: Make sure you water your plant once in 2-3 weeks, letting the soil dry between the watering schedule. Water more frequently in strong lighting conditions and less regularly in low light. Use garden soil that drains properly. If necessary, add ingredients like perlite or lava rocks to enhance soil oxygenation.
6. Snake Plant
With its towering, knife-like blades and distinctive variegation, the snake plant is an easygoing, adaptable indoor plant that creates a striking, aesthetic proclamation in your apartment. It accommodates most growing conditions and is an excellent plant for novices or those looking for an easy-to-grow plant buddy. This plant is one of the simplest houseplants and favorites of all plant lovers. To be honest, it is nearly indestructible.
Care Tips: Snake plants, which are endemic to rocky, arid regions of West Africa, have adapted to survive during dry seasons and do not enjoy being wet. Allow the top four centimeters of soil to dry out entirely between waterings. It is satisfied with most lighting conditions found inside the residence and prefers to grow in 65 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures.
7. Parlour Palm
The parlor palm is a small indoor palm with pale green spiky foliage. It is indigenous to Mexico and Guatemala and is also recognized as Neanthe Bella, charm palm, and dwarf mountain palm. Since the Victorian period, it has been a prominent house plant displayed in the tea room or the most refined lounge in residence. It grows slowly and can produce tiny yellow blossoms accompanied by dark fruits.
Care Tips: In the summer, hold the plant away from bright sun and water once the upper few inches of the soil have dried out. In the winter, minimize watering. Feed once a month with liquid plant nutrients in the summer season. You can mist the plant once in a few weeks to keep it looking fresh.
8. Cast Iron Plant
The classic cast-iron plant has prestige for being a difficult-to-kill indoor plant and a magnificent outdoor leafy plant. This plant can withstand a great deal of neglect and a harsh environment that would destroy several other plants. It occasionally yields negligible cream, and purple blooms close the bottom of the plant when managed to grow outside, but the flowers do not appear when the plant is maintained indoors.
Care Tips: Cast-iron plants prefer temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. These plants require straightforward maintenance: watering when the soil dries out and fertilizing once a year. Cast-iron plants tolerate a wide range of soils as long as they have good drainage. They prefer organically rich soil with a slightly acidic to neutral soil pH.
Monstera is a Central American species of perennial rainforest climbers and shrubbery. They are well-known for their innate foliar-holes, which has earned them the label “Swiss Cheese Plant.” Monstera has a closely packed, shrubby form, but it will extend and ascend a wall or a pole over time. Perhaps a tiny Monstera can be replanted and grown in a floating basket.
Care Tips: Almost all cultivars of monstera plants prefer temperatures ranging from 65°F to 85°F (18°C to 30°C). In any case, it is nice to keep it above 60°F (15°C). Ensure you water the plant once in 1-2 weeks, permitting the soil to dry before the following water schedule. Water more frequently in solid light and less regularly in low light.
10. Rubber Plant
Rubber plants are simple to grow and tend to, and they thrive in a wide range of environments. They are ideal for beginning gardeners. Rubber plants are adorned indoors for their sizable, shiny, fleshy foliage. Indoors, rubber plants can quickly expand to be 6 to 10 feet in height or more if given adequate room. However, they can be trimmed back to make them smaller. The foliage is elongate, 8 to 12 inches long, and comes in various colors such as deep green, dark maroon, golden, cream, pink, or white.
Care Tips: Temperatures should be maintained between 60 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit at night and 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the day. Avoid temperatures below 55° F, temperature drops, and chilly air. Water rubber plants meticulously, but allow the soil to dry fractionally between waterings. Also, check that the pot has adequate drainage holes.
Whether you enjoy gardening or not, incorporating plants into your living space can help to freshen up the atmosphere. Aside from being visually appealing and improving the elegance of your residence, plants have a calming effect on us. It is no surprise that millennials today are heavily into plants, especially indoor ones!
Now that you know which of the above-mentioned indoor plants suits your interest, rush to your nearby plant store and bring these beauties home. After all, a pretty little plant harmed no one!
(Last Updated on May 15, 2022 by Sadrish Dabadi)