Houseplants for Low Light Indoors

Indoor plants are a rewarding hobby whether they are grown to be used as room dividers, cheerful decorations, or to reduce inside air pollution. Some plant varieties sold as houseplants thrive indoors only if you give them plenty of care, such as daily misting or if the live in a terrarium, under a glass cloche or inside a glass house called a Ward. 

Those plants make excellent hobbies, too, but only if you enjoy providing daily plant care (See for more information.)

Since the appearance of a houseplant is the main reason to have it around, shop for plants in person rather than on the Internet. Look for insect-free, healthy leaves and notice their environment. Are they under grow lights, protected from direct sun or in filtered sunlight?

Office plants have to be especially tough since they are abandoned on weekends, watered by everyone or no one, receive minimal light, breezes from heat and air conditioning, and have to survive variable room temperatures.

Some tough indoor plants include: Philodendrons (Central American shade plants such as the common Split-leaf), Tradescantia (all varieties of Wandering Jew), Plectranthus (Swedish Ivy that is not Swedish), Sansevieria (Snake Plant, Mother-in-Law Tongue and Bird’s Nest Hahnii, are all desert plants from Africa and like to be dry), Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen), Aspidistra (Cast Iron Plant that was a luxury in Victorian homes), Podocarpus (Buddhist Pine or Japanese Yew Tree that is neither a pine nor a yew) and the ever-present Scheffflera (Umbrella Plant from Australia where it grows 50-feet tall).

Ceropegia woodi or String of Hearts, can be put on top of a kitchen cabinet or bookshelf and left to trail down in vines of heart-shaped leaves and delicate flowers. It is a South African succulent that thrives in bright light, sandy soil and occasional watering. They were a big fad in the 1970s,

These easy-care plants make cheerful additions to any room in an apartment or house. Line your windowsills, countertops and tables near windows with plants to bring the joy of gardening indoors over the winter. Most houseplants thrive in a shady spot outside or on a porch during the summer.


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