10 Small Indoor Plants That Thrive In Low-Light Conditions

Plants require some amount of sunlight or artificial light to make their food. In this process called photosynthesis, plants use water and carbon dioxide in the presence of light. Plants thrive in three levels of light – bright, indirect and low. Place plants that need bright sunlight in front of southern or western windows. Generally, these windows get direct sunlight all day long or at least 5-6 hours. In winter, you can move plants close to the window if there’s no cold draft. You can place plants growing in indirect light in front of the eastern window. Otherwise, you can leave it in a room receiving direct light for over 5-6 hours. Place plants that require low light even in winter in rooms with north-facing windows. Also, you can place these plants under shaded outdoor trees. Indoor plants can also grow in low or artificial lights at home and office.

{ 1 } Rattlesnake Plant In Pots

Rattlesnake Plant In Pots
Rattlesnake Plants are native of Brazilian rainforest growing in moist, warm and semi-shaded conditions. These produce yellow-orange flowers in late spring and early summer. These grow up to 30 inches or more and have patterned foliage. You can grow Rattlesnake plant indoors in a container with a good drainage hole. Use good potting soil mixed with sand. Place the potted plant in an area that gets indirect sunlight. The morning sunlight is good for it but, afternoon sunlight is harmful. This plant thrives in temperatures above 60º F/15º C. Water it evenly and thoroughly whenever the soil feels dry. During its growing season, add water-soluble fertilizer.

{ 2 } Small Indoor Bromeliad Plants

Small Indoor Bromeliad Plants
Bromeliad plants withstand droughts but, rot when over-watered. Some Bromeliad varieties have a “central tank” resembling a cup where all its leaves meet. This is used for collecting and drinking rainwater. When water gets stagnate, you should regularly flush it out. Plant Bromeliad indoor plant in a plastic container with good drainage hole using medium potting soil. Water thoroughly to remove any accumulated salt. Water the plant only when the top 2 inches of soil feels dry. Place the plant in a constant shady area where the humidity is 60%. Occasionally add water-soluble fertilizer. Bromeliad plants are low-maintenance and thrive indoors easily. They also look great as beautiful indoor plants decoration.

{ 3 } Stunning Maidenhair Fern Plant

Stunning Maidenhair Fern Plant
Maidenhair fern, one of 200 varieties of Adiantum genus, has leaves repelling water. The genus name was derived from the Greek word “Adiantos” meaning “unwetted”. Maidenhair fern has fan-shaped leaf segments clustered on thin black stems. Place potted indoor Maidenhair fern in constant shady areas with high humidity. These plants die when exposed to direct sunlight or hot air. Twice daily, mist the plant with warm water. Water the plants to keep the soil damp. Maidenhair fern thrives in temperatures above 70º F but, not below 60º F.

{ 4 } Flowering Peace Lily Plants

Flowering Peace Lily Plants
Peace Lily evergreen plants are rhizomes growing in tropical forests that receive enough sunlight and moisture. These plants produce white or off-white flowers from early summers round the year. Peace Lily indoor plant grows up to 16 inches. Plant the Peace Lily in a container filled with well-drained all-purpose potting soil. When there are several plants, divide them into numerous pots. Water the plant with filtered water in room temperature instead of tap water containing fluoride. Keep the soil moist and mist the leaves often. Place the plant out of direct sunlight. But, move it to a bright area when the plant does not bloom. Peace Lily thrives in temperatures above 60°F/16°C. Fertilize the plant starting from late winter for it to bloom.

{ 5 } Ornamental Lucky Bamboo Plant

Ornamental Lucky Bamboo Plant
Lucky Bamboo Plant has been in use amongst the Chinese for thousands of years. For the past two decades people, across the world, have been growing it indoors. Lucky Bamboo Plant thrives in bright indirect light and can tolerate lower light levels. However, direct hot sun kills the plant. You should rotate the Lucky Bamboo plant so that all parts receive the light evenly. The Lucky Bamboo Plants need sufficient water to cover only its roots. Water whenever the water dries up. Otherwise, you can change the water daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Use filtered, purified or distilled water.

{ 6 } Beautiful Peperomia Plants

Beautiful Peperomia Plants
Peperomia plants are native of tropical and subtropical regions (Central America). The indoor varieties of Peperomia plants grow up to 12 inches. These plants are compact and have sturdy stems with fresh, succulent leaves. Pant it in a container with a good drainage hole using medium potting soil. Place the plant in front of the eastern or western window receiving bright and indirect sunlight all year round. Peperomia plants thrive in temperatures between 65º and 80 ºF. Water these plants only when top 1 inch of the soil feels dry. Mist the leaves to provide high humidity. Fertilize these plants every month during the growing season.

{ 7 } Chinese Evergreen Plants

Chinese Evergreen Plants
Aglaonema, the indoor variety of Chinese evergreen plants, is hardy and tolerant. Mix equal amounts of potting soil, perlite, and sand to plant it in a container. The plant grows in indirect sunlight in medium to low light. It thrives in warm and humid place at home. The ideal temperature varies from 70º F-72º F and not below 50º-55º F. In spring and summer, matured plants produce flowers similar to Peace Lilies. These beautiful plants enhance the decor and help bring nature inside.

{ 8 } Furry Potted Panda Plant

Furry Potted Panda Plant
Furry Potted Panda (Kalanchoe Panda) plant grows in Africa while Kalanchoe tomentosa grows in Madagascar. In its natural environment, the plant has a wooden base reaching several feet. The indoor variety grows up to 1-2 feet in height and 2 feet around. The velvety leaves have silvery white hair with brownish-red markings on its edges. It is because of this characteristic the plant is called Furry Panda plant or “pussy ears”. The leaves deflect light and limit transpiration. Panda plant grows well in medium to bright light. However, avoid exposing it to direct sunlight. Water only when the soil completely dries out. These Panda plants survive for many years when left in the humidity of an average room.

{ 9 } Creeping Fig In Planters

Creeping Fig In Planters
Creeping fig vine/Fig ivy/Creeping Ficus/Climbing fig make popular ground and wall cover. You can use a planter to plant the creeping fig for small indoor plants. This plant thrives in bright and indirect sunlight. Ensure the soil is constantly moist but not soggy. Only when the topsoil dries out completely, you should thoroughly water the plant. Fertilize the plant in spring and summer only once a month.

{ 10 } Small Indoor Calathea Plants

Small Indoor Calathea Plants
Calathea plants grow in tropical regions of South and Central America, Africa, and the West Indies. These plants have brightly colored, oval leaves that are always upright. There are over 300 different varieties of Calathea plants that have been created using tissue culture. A popular indoor variety has violet hues on the underside of the leaves and interesting pattern. The indoor plants grow to small bushes reaching a height of 24 inches and 24-26 inches wide. Place this plant in front of the east, west or north window receiving bright indirect light. Too much direct sunlight burns the leaves. Water the plant only with distilled water since it is sensitive to other types of water.