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The Best Plants for Low-Light

It's rare to find a home that is abundant in natural light. Most of us will have at least one dimly lit room and are probably thinking…. what can I introduce to the space to make it look amazing?! 

The answer? PLANTS! 

Everyone loves plants. They can instantly make your space look incredible, and there are many benefits like purifying the air, promoting positive well-being and helping you reconnect with nature. 

Below you'll discover some beautiful plants that can quickly adapt to lower light conditions.

Heartleaf Philodendron

This little heart leaf beauty (Philodendron hederaceum) makes a gorgeous indoor plant. Consider this one an excellent low-light alternative to the fiddle leaf. Keep your philodendron in almost all levels of light except direct.

Light: 

Medium to bright, indirect light is ideal. However, the Heartleaf Philodendran can tolerate low light, as well. Just take extra precautions when watering and don't expect the plant to grow very much.

Water: 

Always water thoroughly but allow the top inch or two to dry out completely before watering again. Reduce watering in Winter, allowing the soil to get up to 50% dry.

 

A statement Monstera deliciosa plant with wide perforated leaves.

Monstera

Monstera (Monstera deliciosa) is native to tropical rainforests from southern Mexico to Panama, so it comes as no surprise that it favours a warm, humid environment, making them ideal for indoors.

Its glossy, Swiss-cheese-like leaves make a naturally beautiful statement in any home style.

Light: 

Bright, indirect light is ideal for this jungle dweller. Susceptible to leaf burn when subjected to too much light/sun. Can tolerate lower light conditions, but be sure to adjust watering and don't expect much growth.

Water:

Always water thoroughly but allow the top inch or two to dry out completely before watering again. Be particularly vigilant in Winter to avoid overwatering.

 

Abundant waxy foliage of a ZZ Plant.

ZZ plant

If you're known to have a black thumb then the ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) is an excellent option! They are an easy- and low-maintenance plant and are characterised by their waxy deep green leaves.

Light:

Extremely forgiving and can adapt to most light conditions. They like bright, indirect light with a touch of direct sunlight if that's an option for you too!

Water:

Water thoroughly when soil is about 50% to entirely dry. Avoid overwatering at all costs. Watering may be even less frequently during winter months or in less light.

Devils Ivy

This chill plant (Epipremnum aureum) can handle an extensive range of conditions and is a blessing for those who live in a home with little natural light. It has shiny, heart-shaped leaves with long trailing growth and is perfect for styling shelves and side tables.

Light:

While tolerant of low light this plant will thrive in bright, indirect light. Bright light will also help your Devil's Ivy keep its variegated leaves.

Water: 

Devil's Ivy prefers its soil drier than drenched. To maintain it at its best, keep the soil moist, but allow the top layer of the potting mix to dry out between watering. If you notice the leaves are yellowing, this may be a sign of overwatering.

 

Flowering indoor Peace Lily.

Peace Lily

The Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) is an excellent plant for beginners as it's super easy to care for. With the striking contrast of its dark green foliage and creamy white flowers, this shade-loving plant makes for a beautiful addition to your indoor plant gang. Note, if you want your Peacy Lily to bloom, it'll need a bit more light. 

Light:

Bright, indirect light is ideal for your Peace Lily but can tolerate lower light conditions.  

Water:

This little beauty prefers to stay pretty moist but certainly not too soggy. Check the soil frequently in summer, and top up the water if it's starting to dry out. In Winter, letting the top few cm's of soil dry out between waters is okay. Its leaves will undoubtedly let you know when it would like a drink!

Check out our Plant Guide for more plant inspo!

 

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