Do you live in an apartment with low light levels or have an office with very little light, and need to find plants that don't need sunlight to survive? Do not worry: there are many plants that thrive in low light. While all plants require at least some light to photosynthesize, here are a few options for plants that require significantly less light.
This plant is easily recognized by its tall, white flower. Spathiphyllum has the ability to clean indoor air of contaminants such as benzene and formaldehyde, making it a great contribution to any home or office. It is also an “indicator” plant, meaning that the leaves will start to droop when it is in need of water. Do be careful, however, as the leaves can be mildly toxic if ingested.
To give your plant a dose of sun in its otherwise lack of sunlight, you can take it on a field trip to the outdoors on sunny days, or you can provide it with artificial indoor light. Most offices provide enough fluorescent light to keep a plant alive.
Putting an African Violet in your home or office is a great way to add a bit of color to your environment. As with most plants requiring less light, it also requires less water. Allow for the plant to dry out before watering again.
Actually not related to bamboo, but a member of the lily family, Lucky Bamboo has long been associated with the practice of Feng Shui. Lucky Bamboo is commonly found in grocery stores or Asian specialty shops, and can be manipulated in its growing process to form loops in the stem. Therefore, it a very pleasant plant to look at. Usually, Lucky Bamboo is placed in water with large rocks, so to ensure your plant remains healthy, change it’s water once a week using bottled water. Bamboo's low-maintenance life makes it a very popular plant for Asian-inspired decorating.
Closely related to “Mother-in-Law Tongue”, both plants have tall, sword-like, sturdy leaves that are resilient in many conditions. The difference between the two is that Mother-in-Law Tongue has yellow stripes at the edges, whereas Snake Plant is all green. As long as you don’t over water or never water, this plant will survive most any hardships.
Also known as the “Barroom Plant”, this plant, as the name suggests, is nearly indestructible! It can stand irregular temperatures and infrequent watering.
There are many varieties of ferns available for low light conditions. In nature, ferns are often found in the shadows of the forest. They do, however, prefer high humidity, which you can provide with an occasional misting. You may want to try an easier to grow variety like Bird’s Nest fern, before advancing to a more challenging species like Maidenhair.
This is one of the most popular low light-level plants readily available. It has many large leaves and comes in many different colors. Just be sure not to over water. Part of this hardy Chinese houseplant's popularity is that it thrives on being ignored.