5 Low Light Houseplants To Start Growing Today

5 Low Light Houseplants To Start Growing Today

Last Updated On: December 16, 2021

One of the biggest issues many gardeners face (both indoor and out) is where to position their plants to make sure they get enough light. When growing house plants it’s usually a space restriction, there’s only so much good window real estate in a home! Today, we are going to look at a couple varieties that you can move away from the light and still grow into beautiful plants. These are the type of plants that grow well in a bathroom, an interior hallway, or just a room that doesn’t get a ton of light. The following 5 plants are specifically chosen for being the best low light houseplants.


Pothos is an excellent indoor houseplant as it actually thrives in lower light. Keep it out of the direct sun and it will grow well. Pothos also makes an excellent hanging or basket plant as the aesthetics of the leaves hanging over the edges can look very nice if done right. That said, it’s perfectly happy to grow in almost any container that has well draining soil.

This plant should be watered when the soil is dry, and can be trimmed back if it starts to become too large. Pothos can tolerate a bit of erratic watering and doesn’t mind a bit of drought, so it requires very little upkeep.

Boston Fern

Boston ferns are another excellent indoor plant and have been a staple of indoor decoration for quite some time. This plant tends to be a rich, bright green color, and does best in shady locations indoor or outdoors. Do keep it away from heating or cooling ducts though as it does not tolerate temperature changes very well.

Once again, this plant should be watered once the soil feels dry to the touch. It is also advised to lightly mist it during the winter months with a spray bottle to combat leaf droop.


A very tropical looking and unique plant, a monstera is sure to bring some ambiance to your home. Monstera grows large, bright green leaves with small “cuts” in them. The size and shape of the leaves is what gives this plant its unique appearance.

Monstera are know to grow quite large, but can be kept quite compact with regular trimming. It’s advised to give them a watering just as the soil is dried out and to lightly fertilize in the summer.

It’s best to give this plant bright but indirect light. You can also grow it in low light conditions, but expect it to grow a bit more slowly. In any case, keep it out of direct sunlight.

Peace Lilly

Peace Lilies are gorgeous plants that require low to moderate light to thrive. Their primary characteristic is the striking, white flowers that they grow. They also have a very shiny appearance that makes them look exceptional even when not in bloom.

This plant is relatively easy to care for as they do not grow too quickly or require that much special attention. Do keep in mind that they should be watered fairly frequently though; lest they will rapidly start to wilt. If you notice the leaves dropping that’s a sure sign that it needs more water.

For light, keep them in low light conditions with indirect light at most. Too much sunlight will burn out the leaves, and leave them with a dull brown appearance.

Yucca Cane

Lastly, we have the Yucca cane. The Yucca cane is one variety of the yucca family of plants, and makes an excellent indoor plant. While they do grow well in sunlight, they do just well in less sunny locations. Keep in mind that in shadier areas they will grow more slowly but still be just as healthy.

This plant makes a very attractive addition to any room as it’s bark and flowery like leaves are wonderful to look at. For those looking for an “indoor tree” the yucca cane is an excellent choice.

While being a fairly easy plant to grow, it’s very important not to overwater this one. Only water once the soil is dry to the touch and you should be in good shape. Outside of that, the care for the plant is minimal and the plant will happily grow for well over 5 years.

Best Low Light Houseplants

Hopefully the above as served as some inspiration to add some green to the darker areas of the house. While many plants thrive in the brightest of light, the above (as well as many more) can be just as beautiful in the darker rooms. Don’t let lack of sunlight stop you from enjoying the benefits of gardening!

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