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Top 6 Indoor Plants for Low Light

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Indoor gardeners are constantly battling the difficulties of finding the right plants for low-light environments. But it's not all doom and gloom as we have found and narrowed down the 6 best houseplant species that can survive and thrive in low-lit, indoor conditions. 

Here is list of the 6 best indoor plants that are perfect for low light areas. 

1.) Spider plants (Chlorophytum Comosum)

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One of the most best houseplants for the indoors is the spider plant. Its spider-like offshoots, or spiderettes, drape down from the parent plant like spiders on a web, hence the name. Spider plants can be cultivated in baskets or in pots as hanging or trailing plants. They can survive in less-than-ideal light settings, including artificial light, for a long time.

Light: Partial Shade
Size: 12-15″ 
Foliage color: Green/blue 

    2.) English ivy (Hedera Helix) 

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    The next best option is English Ivy. This particular plant can be used as a ground cover when planted outdoors due to the spreading direction of its growth. But when grown in hanging baskets as an indoor plant, it creates a lovely trailing look reminiscent of an elegant english garden. Place your English Ivy where it will receive indirect light when indoors. Remember to spritz the plant to keep it moist, and if feasible, keep it in a cold room at night (ideally around 60 degrees Fahrenheit). This plant is able to grow vigorously with part sun. 

    Light: Partial shade - full sun 
    Size: 6-8" 
    Foliage color: Dark green

    3.) Peace lily (Spathiphyllum)

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    Peace lilies are a common low-light indoor plant that can tolerate a lot of neglect. Large green foliage and exquisite white blossoms adorn this plant. They do, however, require plenty of water, otherwise the foliage would wilt. Watering it is usually enough to bring it back to life. Shade-loving plants such as this one should be put in a location that receives only indirect light throughout the day. 

    Light: Partial shade - full sun
    Size: 1-4ft
    Foliage color: Blue/green

    4.) Silver pothos (Scindapsus Pictus)

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    Silver pothos, also known as Satin Pothos, has matte green leaves with silver speckles. These plants flourish in a variety of interior environments, including dimly lit areas. Although bright, indirect light is desirable for the best leaf colour, the plant may live in lower-light conditions. Because pothos thrive in humid environments, it's best to mist them on a regular basis. 

    Light: Partial shade - full sun
    Size: 3-10ft
    Foliage color: Light/dark green with silver patches

    5.) Ponytail Plant (Beaucarnea)

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    The dragon tree belongs to the Dracaena genus and can grow in shaded areas. It's also incredibly easy to maintain. The tree rarely grows taller than 6 feet indoors, and it only requires repotting every two to three years. It is best placed in a location where it can receive bright, indirect light. It will live in lower-lit areas, although its leaves will be smaller.

    Light: Partial Shade
    Size: 6ft+
    Foliage color: Dark green with reddish purple

    6.) Snake plants (Sansevieria Traifasciata)

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    Last but not least is the Sansevieria species. Their breathtaking looks and hardy nature makes it a staple in any household. The snake plant, also known as mother-in-law's tongue, has a lengthy lifespan and can live for decades. It prefers to grow in partial shade, although it may also thrive in fully shaded areas. Although lovely, the snake plants is hazardous to pets and should be kept away from inquisitive pets. Also, be careful not to overwater it, especially if it's a new plant in a shady location. This can lead to root rot due to water not absorbing fast enough. 

    Light: Shade - partial shade 
    Size: 1-3ft
    Foliage color: Gray/silver



    If you are unsure which plant is right for you, feel free to reach us at or DM us on Instagram @cactifi 

    We hope that this list will be a good start to picking your next plant for low light conditions!

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