Plants with low light

Let’s face it, not many of us live in glass houses with plentiful amounts of sun streaming in every day. You might live in a studio apartment with only a couple windows or in a house with a few darker rooms. Here are 10 easy care houseplants for low light. Although some of them would do better in medium light, they’ll tolerate low light just fine.

I see articles that say “houseplants that grow in no light or houseplants that grow in the dark”. Not true. All houseplants require some light to grow, even if it’s artificial light. Plants need sunlight to photosynthesis and produce chlorophyll – this is what makes them green.

Keep in mind that low light isn’t no light. Otherwise, houseplants would look more like white asparagus, which is grown under layers of mulch and dark plastic to keep the growing conditions dark. More on low light levels at the end by the way.

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10 easy care houseplants for low light:

I started my horticultural career in the field of interior plantscaping and spent 12 years both maintaining and specing out plants on commercial accounts. The plants listed below are the ones which I saw survive the best and the longest in offices, lobbies, hotels, malls, and airports. Low light environments indeed! You won’t find any new discoveries here but below are my favs based on ease of care, durability and longevity.

You can find these plants, more houseplants and lots of info in our simple and easy to digest houseplant care guide: Keep Your Houseplants Alive.

Confused about how often to water your houseplants? Check out my Guide to Watering Indoor Plants. There’s no definitive answer as to how often because so many variables come into play. I answer questions and give you things to think about which will help you when it comes to watering your indoor plants.

Pothos, Devil’s Ivy.

Hanging or Table Top Plant.

This is the quintessential hanging plant for lower light conditions. I’ve seen the trails reach 25′, although the plant tends to be a bit straggly on the top and the stems at that point. Pothos are available in many different leaf colorations from green splashed with white to chartreuse to solid green .

The solid green one does the best in low light. Just know that the other varieties will revert to this if not getting enough light.

5 Things To Love About Pothos.

11 Reasons Why Pothos is The Plant For You.

Heartleaf Philodendron.

Hanging or Tabletop Plant.

The Heartleaf Philodendron has heart shaped leaves, just like the common name says. The longest I’ve seen the trails on this one is about 5 or 6′. It has thinner stems, grows flatter and is less robust than the Pothos. It’s not as widely sold as the Pothos but is popular nonetheless.

You can find it in a few variegated forms but will also revert to solid green in lowest light.

Lucky Bamboo.

Tabletop plant.

Lucky Bamboo is a winner because it grows for the long haul in water. It does grow in soil also but is seldom seen that way. You can find it in many forms (mine you see pictured on the left is spiral or curly) and in many arrangements. It’s said to bring good fortune – yes please!

Lucky Bamboo care.

24 Reasons things to know about growing Lucky Bamboo.

Aglaonemas, Ags, Chinese Evergreen.

Tabletop or floor plant.

We used Aglaonemas a lot on commercial accounts because they’re pretty darned sturdy. They come in a wide variety of patterns; even some new ones splashed with pink and red. They get as as wide as they do tall, so the floor plants will be 2’x2′ or 3’x3′. The Chinese Evergreen or Silver Queen are good old standbys which do the best in the lowest light. Those with more variegation and color do best with more light.

Agalonema care & growing tips.

ZZ Plant.

Tabletop or floor plant.

The tallest I’ve seen a ZZ Plant reach is 5′. The leaves are a rich dark glossy green which hardly ever show brown tips, even here in the Arizona desert. As it grows the leaves arch out making quite a striking silhouette.

ZZ Plant care.

Snake Plant, Mother In Law Tongue.

Tabletop or floor plant.

I’m addicted to Snake Plants not only because of the way they look, but especially because they’re downright tough. The less you baby them, the happier they are. This plant, along with the ZZ Plant and the Cast Iron Plant, is especially good if you travel because of its low water requirement. There is a lot of variety in height, leaf size and shape as well as color and variegation to for you to choose from with these.

Snake Plant Care.

More on Snake Plant care here.

How to Repot Snake Plants.

3 Ways to Propagate Sansevierias.

Cast Iron Plant.

The dark green leaves of a Cast Iron Plant shoot up like flames on skinny stems reaching 2-3′ tall. This isn’t a “glitzy” plant but it sure is a tough cookie, as evidenced by the common name. It’s great for darker corners, under stairs and in hallways. There are a few shorter varieties as well as leaf variegations.

Cast Iron Plant care.

Darcaena Janet Craig, Dracaena Lisa.

Floor Plant.

In my days as an interior landscaper, “Janet Craig” was the only variety on the market. We put a lot of these in offices, malls, lobbies, and the like. Now the variety “Lisa” has come on the scene and is more commonly sold. They both have the same glossy, dark green foliage and are sold by the cane (stem) usually with 3-5 per pot so you get the foliage heads at different levels giving a staggered look.

Dracaena Janet Craig,Lisa care.

Dracaena fragrans.

Floor plant.

We used the Dracaena fragrans, along with the Janet Craig, quite a bit in interiors for low light . I did the video before doing this post and included this plant in this list. I’m having a hard time finding a picture of a Dracaena fragrans but basically the Dracaena massangeana, pictured above, is a variegated form of the Dracaena fragrans. The massangeana needs medium light to bring out the variegation and will revert to solid green. That’s the Dracaena fragrans!

The care for this plant is the same as the Dracaena Janet Craig, Lisa.

Kentia Palm.

Floor plant.

This gorgeous, elegant palm arches and fans out as it grows so it’s not one for tight spaces. They grow very slowly, putting out 1 frond (leaf) per year, so they’re more expensive than the Areca and Bamboo Palms. We found them to be much more durable and longer lasting on commercials accounts than those 2 other palms so it might be worth the investment in the long run.

Kentia Palm care.

Low (natural) light in a nutshell.

Remember, low light isn’t no light. Many of these plants will actually do better in medium light but tolerate low light. You won’t see much growth though but the plants above are the ones I saw do and look the best over time with limited amounts of natural light.

I read somewhere that the general rule for low light is that you want it bright enough to see and do things like reading, sewing or cooking. If you can, then these plants will do just fine. This to me is a good analogy so I wanted to pass it on.

Below are general guidelines for exposure for low light plants. It’ll vary a bit depending on the number and size of windows (or glass doors) in a room.

North facing: usually no direct sun but still some light. Plants can be close to the window(s).

East facing: you want the plant to be at least 5′ away from the window(s).

West or south facing: you want the plant at least 10′ away from the window(s).

None of these plants (or most houseplants for that matter) will take direct, hot sun so keep them out of windows.

I tend to wing it when it comes to light. If a plant seems to be a bit unhappy, I move it. In the winter there is less light so you might have to move a plant closer to the light source. And, rotate your plants from time to time so they grow evenly.

I hope you’ve found this list to be helpful! What are you favorite low light plants? Do you have any to add to the list?

You can find these plants, more houseplants and lots of info in our simple and easy to digest houseplant care guide: Keep Your Houseplants Alive.

Happy indoor gardening,

Popular Indoor Hanging Plants for Low Light

Hanging houseplants are beautiful and functional.

They stay well out of reach of little ones and pets, while adding height and dimension to the space. But which plants to choose?

For a low light setting, like a corner in your kitchen or living room, you need plants that are foolproof and that hang beautifully. Here’s a list of top performing hanging plants for low light.

Heartleaf Philodendron

This chart-topper is popular for a reason: the heartleaf philodendron requires little watering and is incredibly hearty. As an additional benefit, this plant is also adept at removing common household toxins from the air.

How to select: The heart-shaped leaves should be dark green, shiny, and firm.

How to care for: Water approximately every 1 – 2 weeks, allowing the top 50% of the soil to dry before each watering. Keep at a comfortable room temperature, between 60 – 80ºF. Prune long vines to encourage fullness.

Pothos

The pothos plant is known for being extremely hardy and easy to care for. There are tons of beautiful variegated varieties to choose from.

How to select: When set on a flat surface, pothos plants are prone to tangling, so choose one with vines that are already separated or that are easy to detangle.

How to care for: Keep in mind that while pothos plants will do well with low lighting, they will grow quicker in bright but indirect lighting. If you have an area of your home with that condition, then consider moving the plant there. This plant needs to have completely dry soil before each new watering.

English Ivy

This gorgeous plant, with its dark leaves and flowing vines, makes a great hanging plant, or can be encouraged to wrap around an indoor trellis.

How to select: Choose a plant with vibrant green leaves and at least a couple of long vines for a more striking effect when hung. Select a plant whose soil has been kept moist.

How to care for: Water English ivy often enough so that the soil stays moist, but not so often that it gets soggy. Place in a cool area of the home with low light. Fortunately, English ivy performs well in lower light conditions where other plants might not, like hallways with little light.

Arrowhead Vine

This beautiful plant has bright green or gold-tinged foliage. Initially, this plant will grow in a mound and then as it matures, vines will form.

How to select: Look for a well-established plant. As it matures, the arrow-shaped leaves of this plant will start to round and divide. Choose a plant with bright green leaves or with a variegation style you prefer.

How to care for: A tropical plant, the arrowhead vine loves moisture, so mist it one a week with a spray bottle to maintain humidity. Keep the soil lightly moist and don’t allow it to dry out.

Peperomia

Peperomia comes in many different varieties, each of them as intricate and intriguing as the next. There are not only color and variegation differences, but leaf shapes as well. With little to no issues with insects or diseases, this low-light plant is perfect for the low-maintenance gardener.

How to select: Choose a plant with thick, rubbery leaves (regardless of the color or shape that you choose) and firm, healthy shoots.

How to care for: Only allow the top half-inch to dry in between waterings. Be sure to water less in the fall and winter.

Plants that tolerate low light are a must in many indoor settings. When you couple that requirement with varieties that look gorgeous in hanging baskets and planters, you can’t go wrong.

Popular Low Light Houseplants – Indoor Plants That Need Low Light

If you are looking for low light indoor plants, there are many houseplants to choose from. You must keep in mind a few things, though. This article will help you understand what it means to have plants that need low light and which houseplants for low light areas are most suitable for your space.

About Low Light Indoor Plants

The term “low light” can be very misleading. When you purchase a plant and the label includes it as a low light plant, it does not necessarily mean that these are indoor plants that need low light. It means that these are indoor plants that tolerate low light.

Many of the houseplants that are sold are native to jungles around the world and grow on the forest floor. Oftentimes, the forest floor offers much more light compared to many locations in our homes. The lowest light inside of a home is found in front of northern windows. And this light intensity drops very quickly the further you get from any window.

Houseplants for Low Light Areas

Here are some of the best low light houseplants for your home or office area:

  • Sansevieria – The snake plant is a very popular and tough plant. These actually grow in bright light, and even direct sunshine, in nature. Amazingly enough, however, they are quite tolerant of lower light in the home. Best results will come from brighter light, but they will tolerate fairly low lit areas for quite a long time. There are varieties that grow just a few inches (several centimeters tall) to ones that can get up to 2-3 feet (61-91 cm.) tall. Plants are poisonous if ingested.
  • Zamioculcas zamiifolia – Commonly known as ZZ Plant, it is equally as tough as Sansevieria and is very similar in care. They have beautiful, glossy leaves that grow on slightly arching stems and seem to thrive on neglect. These plants are also poisonous if ingested.
  • Pothos and Philodendron – If you are looking for vining low light houseplants, both Pothos and Heart-Leaf Philodendron are excellent choices. The care is very similar, but the plants have slightly different appearances. There are varieties of Pothos with varying degrees of variegation in the leaves. The lower the light, the less the variegation. Heart-Leaf Philodendron has similar shaped leaves, but typically are just plain green.
  • Chlorophytum comosum – Spider plants are delightful and easy to grow, and have the bonus of not being poisonous to cats. They produce quite a few baby plants that you can easily propagate in water and pot up.

There are many more low light plants to choose from including:

  • Chinese Evergreen – Varieties of Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema) tolerate low light conditions rather well. They don’t like drafts, though, so keep them away from windows or doors where this could become an issue.
  • Cast Iron Plant – The cast iron plant (Aspidistra elatior) is a lush plant with has dark green leaves that will tolerate low light areas of the home. It’s slow growing and easy to care for.
  • Parlor Palm – Parlor palm houseplants (Chamaedorea elegans) grow slowly and are easy to care for. Unlike many “palms,” they actually prefer low light and thrive better when located in an area that receives early morning or late afternoon light.
  • Dracaena – A number of Dracaena houseplants are good candidates for low light, the most familiar of which is the Madagascar Dragon tree (D. marginata).
  • Peace Lily – The peace lily (Spathiphyllum) is suitable for both low and medium light. In fact, those that are placed in more light tend to produce more lovely white spathes, while plants in lower light will bloom less but the foliage is still just as attractive.

Keep in mind that the lower the light, the less water these plants will use so be careful to allow these plants to dry out sufficiently before watering again. Be especially careful in the winter months when light is lower. You may want to move your plants closer to a window or supplement with fluorescent lighting.

If you are seeking fresh green foliage for indoors, tropical plants not only add colour and contrast but most will also clean the air inside your home. For homes with low light levels, choose shade tolerant tropicals including those with large dark green leaves. These in general are more efficient at converting light into energy thereby requiring less light indoors than most other tropicals. The following is a listing of tropicals tolerant of low light levels in the home:

Bromeliads

  • easily adjust to indoor culture
  • beautiful foliage plants with strappy leaves in red, green, purple, orange, yellow, striped, spotted or banded
  • very tolerant of fluctuations in temperatures, drought, humidity and light
  • leaves arise from a central cup which is designed to hold water
  • plants can be forced to bloom by exposure to ethylene gas (place it in a tightly closed bag for up to 10 days with a ripe apple – the apple will give off ethylene gas as it decomposes)

Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema sp)

  • a plant with great foliage
  • leaves are punctuated with shades of silver, grey or shades of green, making it an attractive choice for brightening up low light areas of the home
  • keep on the dry side especially through winter
  • avoid cold drafts
  • Note: All parts of this plant are poisonous and can cause severe irritation of the lips, tongue and throat if eaten or chewed by pets or children

Dracaena

  • dramatic foliar plants with a carefree nature
  • large group of species which include varieties that can grow up to 6′ tall
  • long strap like leaves, deep green in colour often with red or yellow variegation
  • undemanding in that they tolerate low light, low humidity and very forgiving with the odd missed watering
  • brown leaf tips and spots indicates plant is getting too much light (scalding)
  • Tips: To prevent Dracaena from growing too large, repot every second or third year using the same pot or one slightly larger. Keeping the roots confined like this will slow down growth
  • tops can be cut off which will encourage two new stems to grow from the cut area within weeks
  • poisonous if eaten or chewed on by dogs

Ferns

  • valued as airy indoor ornamental accents in the home
  • huge genus of plant, some dating back to prehistoric times
  • the key to success with indoor ferns is humidity and a constant moisture level
  • place on pebble trays or mist daily for extra humidity
  • some varieties with leathery fronds tolerate less water than most – the more airy and soft textured varieties require a consistent level and can actually sit in water
  • Tip: To supply extra humidity for ferns, double pot them – place the main container into a second larger container lined with moist sphagnum moss; keep the moss moist or evenly wet
  • use room temperature water as cold water may spot foliage

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum sp)

  • extremely popular tropical often seen in offices and malls due to its tolerance to low light
  • deep green leaves topped by bright white blossoms resembling a calla lily, last for weeks
  • one of the best air cleaners for your home
  • keep evenly moist at all times

Philodendrum

  • one of the easiest adaptable plants for indoor culture
  • inexperienced houseplant owners will have no trouble growing these
  • there are vining and non-vining types
  • the vining types sport beautiful heart-shaped leaves which need a supportive structure to climb or can be left trailing over bookshelves or along the top of kitchen cabinets to 8′ or more
  • these are easy to propagate – simply clip off a trailing stem, place in a glass of water; within weeks rooms will develop and form new plants
  • the non-vining types have an upright, large spreading growth habit needing lots of space

Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnia recurvata)

  • has a sleek bulb-like trunk with lush, long curly leaves that make it visually stunning
  • not an actual palm nor a tree; actually is a member of the Agave family
  • also known as Bottle Palm or Elephant Foot Tree
  • during winter, water once monthly as water is stored in the large basal tuber
  • must be grown in a cactus type soil that drains quickly
  • tolerate low light if placed near a window
  • very long lived; tubers become progressively larger with age
  • fertilize occasionally with 20-20-20 during the summer

Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

  • a low maintenance vine also known as Devil’s Ivy
  • heart-shaped leaves can be grown as a tabletop plant, hanging basket or trained upright on a pole
  • not fussy about light
  • keep on the dry side
  • propagate by rooting trailing stems in water
  • Note: All parts of this plant are poisonous and can cause severe irritation of the lips, tongue and throat if eaten or chewed by pets or children

Snake Plant (Sanseveria sp)

  • also known as Mother-in-Laws Tongue
  • a carefree succulent plant that tolerates neglect extremely well
  • one of the best tropicals for beginners
  • sword shaped leaves lend a modern look to any home or office
  • plants look amazing grouped in threes or fives in a long, narrow planter
  • besides the taller forms, there are shorter bird’s nest forms available which are under 12” in height
  • all types withstand low light conditions
  • avoid overwatering, keep dry

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum sp)

  • popular during grandmother’s time and still popular today
  • several types available from plain green to variegated to ones with curly leaves
  • a more recent introduction ‘Orange Splash’ has bright orange at the base with wider leaves but non-vining
  • the common types make handsome hanging baskets which develop plantlets at the ends of arching stems
  • these root readily in water to develop numerous babies
  • keep slightly on the dry side

Umbrella Plant (Schefflera sp)

  • one of the most popular indoor plants as it is so easy to grow
  • characterized by foliage arranged in groups of 3-7 leaflets arrangement at the end of a stem – similar to spokes on a wheel or umbrella
  • tolerate low light; do not tolerate direct light as foliage can burn
  • tolerate dry soil followed by a thorough soaking
  • can be cut back to any height desired to induce branching and a bushier plant
  • Tip: If foliage drops and blackens – due to overwatering. If foliage tips curl – due to underwatering

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamifolia)

  • since the Latin name of this plant is such a mouthful, many people refer to it as the ZZ Plant, Fat Boy or Eternity Plant
  • a very tough, drought resistant and low light plant making it ideal for the forgetful and neglectful gardener
  • native to East Africa in countries like Zanzibar and Tanzania
  • thick fleshy leaf stalks so durable that one might think it’s plastic
  • display small, gloss leaflet running up and down thick stems which can get up to 3′ long
  • must be kept dry – especially in winter as overwatering will cause leaf yellowing and eventually entire leaf stalks will collapse
  • an excellent choice as a decorative focal point in modern homes for that ‘contemporary’ look
  • small green flowers form at the base of the plant

With proper selection of tropicals, one can have plants for every room in the home. We encourage you to try different varieties as each home is different in terms of light, humidity and growing conditions.

With our crazy and busy lives, aren’t we always looking for shortcuts and ways to create more free time? Who has an hour a day to take care of their indoor plants? I’ve compiled a list of 15 houseplants which are easy to maintain and not at all hard to grow. These green beauties are my tried and true favorites which are in it for the long haul; no 6 month wonders here.

There are so many great houseplants on the market but many of them are fickle and not at all long lasting in our homes. Spending $100 dollars a month replacing plants isn’t something I want to do and most likely that’s the case for you too.

I started my horticultural career in the field of interior plantscaping and spent 12 years both maintaining and spacing out plants on commercial accounts. The plants listed below are the ones which had the best survival rates in offices, lobbies, hotels, malls, and airports. Tough environments indeed!

Confused about how often to water your houseplants? Check out my Guide to Watering Indoor Plants. There’s no definitive answer as to how often because so many variables come into play. I answer questions and give you things to think about which will help you when it comes to watering your indoor plants.

15 easy to grow houseplants:

These hanging, tabletop and floor plants were chosen because they’re not at all fussy, don’t require any misting, are relatively pest free, easy to find, and only need fertilizing once a year. There is nothing new or ground breaking here but it’ll make your life a wee bit easier.

I’ve listed plants for low, medium and high light conditions and explain a little bit about that at the end. You can also find all of them, except for the ZZ Plant (keep on meaning to add that!), in our houseplant care book Keep Your Houseplants Alive.

Pothos or Devils Ivy (Epipremnum aureum is the 1 most commonly sold)

Hanging or tabletop plant. Tabletop means it sits on a table, bookshelf, bureau, cabinet, shelf, etc.

Low to medium light.

For long trails, you can’t really beat this plant. Small roots appear at the leaf nodes making the Pothos easy to propagate in water or soil mix. There are many varieties on the market which run the gamut from solid green to white, silver & chartreuse variegations.

5 Things To Love About Pothos.

11 Reasons Why Pothos is The Plant For You.

Spider Plant; Chlorophyyum comosum

Hanging or tabletop plant.

Medium light.

This is a fun plant because of the babies produced on long, arching stems. This makes them very easy to propagate. Mine grows outdoors here in Tucson year round so you know this plant is tough. It comes in different variegations and also in solid green.

Spider Plant Care.

More on Spider Plant care here.

1 Way to Get More Spider Plant Babies.

Hoya, Wax Plant; Hoya is the genus with many species & varieites

Hanging or tabletop plant.

Medium to high light.

Hoyas are succulent-like plants but they’re really not succulents. They’re slower growing indoors but very tough and attractive. And yes, they do flower. The higher the light you have them in, the better the chance of flowering. They can be subject to mealybugs so just keep your eyes open and get after them quickly. I love, love these plants. You can see my handsome new Hoya obavata in the video. There are many different Hoyas to choose from so you can find a leaf shape, color and form that you’ll love.

Hoya Care & Repotting Tips.

Repotting a Large Hoya Topiary.

4 Ways to Propagate a Hoya.

Aloe vera, Burn Plant, Medicinal Aloe; Aloe barbedensis

Tabletop plant.

Medium to high light.

This is truly a plant with purpose as it’s used externally and taken internally. Aloe vera is a great plant to have in the kitchen or the bathroom so it’s close at hand. This one gives a deserty feel and looks great in clay pots. This is a succulent so be very careful not to overwater it.

How to Care for Aloe Vera.

2 Ways I Made my Aloe Vera Happier.

Jade Plant, Money Tree; Crassula ovata

Tabletop plant.

High light.

Jade Plants are also succulents and have glossy green, plump leaves. As they get bigger they develop quite a trunk structure and also get quite heavy. If you’re into bonsai, this plant is an excellent candidate. Go easy on the watering with this one. It comes in a few variegated forms as well as a small leaved variety but those are more commonly seen in the landscape trade.

Jade Plant Care.

Bromeliads; There are many genus & species of these.

Tabletop plants.

Medium to high light.

These colorful plants add a pop of color and a real tropical feel to your home. They’re very easy to grow but just know that the more light you give them, the more color they’ll show. There are many on the market providing a wide range of foliage colors and patterns as well as flowers. Just know that the mother plant eventually dies after flowering but the pups (the babies or offshoots) live on.

Aechmea Care.

Guzmania Care.

Pink Quill Plant Care.

Neoregelia Care. (these are my favs – the foliage is the star & they last a really long time).

Snake Plant, Mother In Law Tongue; Sansevierias

Tabletop or floor plant.

Low to high light.

Snake Plants are very versatile in that they can grow in a wide range of light levels. Just keep them out of direct, hot sun because like all these houseplants listed here, they’ll burn. Most of mine are tabletop plants but my 3’ trifasciata sits on the floor. Snake Plants are great for people who travel (they love to be ignored!) or if you’re in a dry climate like mine.

Snake Plant Care.

More on Snake Plant care here.

How to Repot Snake Plants.

3 Ways to Propagate Sansevierias.

ZZ Plant; Zamioculcas zamiifolia

Tabletop or floor plant.

Low to medium light.

It’s billed as a low light plant, but like most in this category, does best and will grow much faster in medium light. The shiny foliage is so attractive and this plant rarely shows a brown tip. I just divided mine into 3 plants because it had grown so much in a year. Some of the stems broke off as I was doing this and they’re easily rooting in water.

ZZ Plant Care and Repotting.

Propagating a ZZ Plant by Division.

Ags, Chinese Evergreen; Aglaonemas

Tabletop or floor plant.

Low to medium light.

We speced this plant a lot in commercial accounts – it’s was the quintessential file top plant. All the varieties have lovely patterned foliage and the newer ones even have splashes of pink in them. The old standby, Chinese Evergreen, has the darkest foliage and handles low light the best. I haven’t done a post or video on this plant yet, but if you want one, just let me know!

Ponytail Palm, Elephant’s Foot; Beaucarnea recurvata

Tabletop or floor plant.

High light.

The Ponytail Palm is usually seen as a tabletop plant because they grow slowly (especially indoors) and the larger specimens are quite expensive. This crazy, wacky plant has twirling, cascading leaves which jazz up any home environment. This one is also good for people who travel because of it’s low water requirements. There is also a variegated form of this plant which is sold in the landscape trade.

How to Care For & Repot a Ponytail Palm.

More on Ponytail Palms.

Transplanting a Large Ponytail Palm.

Cast Iron Plant; Aspidistra elatior

Tabletop or floor plant.

Low to medium light.

The common name says it all – this is one tough cookie. The dark green, large leaves raise up on skinny stems giving it a look similar to flames. Cast Iron Plants are good for darker corners, in hallways & even under stairways. There are a few variegated forms or this plant and some have smaller leaves.

Cast Iron Plant Care.

Kentia Palm; Howea forsteriana

Floor plant.

Low to medium light.

This is a graceful and elegant plant with an arching form. Kentias grow very slowly, only putting out 1 frond per year. Even though they’re more expensive than some other palms, they’re very well suited to interiors. This isn’t a narrow plant – the taller they get, the more room they take up width wise.

Kentia Palm Care.

Dracaena Janet Craig, Dracaena Lisa; Dracaena deremensis “Janet Craig” & “Lisa”

Floor plant.

Low to medium light.

In my days as an interior landscaper, “Janet Craig” was the only variety on the market. We put a lot of these in offices, malls, lobbies, etc. Now the variety “Lisa” has come on the scene. This one has narrower leaves but the same glossy, dark green foliage as JC. Both are sold by the cane (stem) usually with 3-5 per pot so you get the foliage heads at different levels giving a staggered look.

Dracaena Janet Craig (Lisa) Care.

Corn Plant, Dracaena massangeana: Dracaena fragrans(aka deremensis)“massangeana”

Floor plant.

Low to medium light.

The Corn Plant has wider leaves than the Janet Craig and the Lisa with a bright chartreuse stripe down the center. It resembles corn leaves hence the common name. To keep the variegation, make sure this plant is growing in medium light. Otherwise, it’ll revert to solid green which is known as Dracaena fragrans. This is usually sold in the staggered cane form just like the dracaenas above. It just depends on whether you like a dark glossy leaf, a variegated leaf or a solid medium green (the fragrans). I haven’t done a post and video on the corn Plant yet, but if you’d like one, let me know.

Now it’s time to touch briefly on light levels.

I have no experience with artificial light so what I’m referring to here is natural light. Be aware that light levels vary with the seasons so you might have to move your plants closer to a light source in the winter months. Very few houseplants can take strong, direct sun so keep them out of hot windows or else they’ll burn.

Low light – Low light isn’t no light. This is a northern exposure with no direct light.

Medium light – This is an east or west exposure with 2-4 of the sun coming in the windows per day.

High light – This is a west or south exposure with at least 5 hours of the sun coming in per day.

Just know that you can have a low light plant in a medium or high light room but it needs to be at least 10-15’ feet away from the windows. I use my instincts when it comes to light and houseplants. If a plant isn’t doing as well as it should, then I move it. You can find more detailed information on light and houseplants here.

I hope you’ve found this list to be helpful. If you’re new to the world of houseplants, these are great plants to get you going.

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