As you’ve probably started to see, we’re big fans of plants over here at c2s. From large house plants to succulents, to outdoor gardens, we love how plants can liven up your home and life. But, we also don’t love it when they take a bunch of time or maintenance, so we’re all about plants that can thrive on their own.
A few weeks ago, we shared about house plants that are easy to maintain, and today, we’re talking about plants that do well in low-light or shaded areas of your home. These are great for darker winter months like we get in Minnesota or areas of your home that are not as well lit.
Plus, adding greenery and plants to your home makes it feel so much more alive and bright. When we refreshed our office about a month ago, we added plants by the window we have overlooking the Mississippi River, and we can’t believe how much it inspired us! The space feels so much brighter and alive. So if you’re not quite ready to bring plants into your home, consider a smaller plant to add to your office or workspace!
According to BioAdvanced plant product company, indoor plants can help you breathe easier; they release water and purify the air, improve your health, and sharpen your focus. When people are in the hospital, plants in the room can help patients recover sooner and be released earlier. According to NASA research, they remove toxins from air –up to 87% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours. Who wouldn’t want plants in their home when they can do so much?!
So, let’s get to these plants that do well in the shade and where you can find them…
Ivies do well in low to moderate light. They like being on the dry side, so make sure to let your soil dry out before watering the plant again. Having proper drainage with a hole in the bottom of the pot helps as well.
2. ZZ Plant
The ZZ plant is one of our faves! These plants do very well with low-light conditions and not very much water, which makes them perfect for people who often neglect or forget about their plants, because they can still thrive. They also grow more slowly than other plants, so you do not constantly have to get bigger pots. It’s a great air purifier as well, which makes it a good one for the home.
3. Snake Plant
Snake plants are great because they prefer indirect sunlight and low amounts of water, especially during dry seasons, like the winter. I’ve had this one for almost a year and water it maybe every two weeks and it keeps on growing. If you start to notice the leaves splitting on the top, it’s getting too much water and needs to dry out. There are different types of snake plants as well that have various looks and shapes to them.
Most palms do best with light from a south or west-facing window. They like direct sunlight at times, but too much direct sunlight will make their leaves turn yellow-green. Putting them in a spot in your home where the light shines brightly but is more indirect works well for these plants.
5. Chinese Evergreen
These plants thrive in medium to low light conditions or indirect sunlight. An average temperature of 70-72 degrees is perfect for the Chinese Evergreen, and fertilizing them one to two times a year helps them be their best.
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6. Maidenhair Fern
These plants love when they are placed in a location that gets indirect morning or afternoon sun. A spot next to a northern window, with no drafts, is a great place for them. Since they like humidity, misting them every so often will help them thrive and continue to grow. Keep the soil moist, but don’t overwater these plants because they won’t do well.
7. Peacock Plant
To keep the humidity up in the peacock plant, give it a “shower” from your sink or shower with lukewarm water to allow it to get the humidity it needs. A regular water schedule is best for the Peacock Plant, since it is not drought resistant, nor does it like being soggy or too watered. If this plant is in direct sunlight, it will get sunburned, so keep it in low to medium light areas.
According to Gardening Know How, Philodendron’s care is easy because if you watch for the signals, the plant will tell you exactly what it needs. These plants do well when placed in bright, but indirect sunlight, where the sun’s rays never actually touch the leaves. The top layer of soil should be dry before you water the plant again.
9. Spider Plants
This plant is considered to be a very easy to maintain house plant since it can grow in a variety of conditions. To make sure they don’t get root rot, allow the soil to dry out between waterings and place your Spider Plant in bright, but indirect sunlight.
10. Prayer Plant
The Prayer Plant requires a bit more maintenance but can do well in indirect and low-light situations. This plant needs “food” every couple of weeks, so an all-purpose fertilizer can help, especially during the spring, summer, and fall months. In the winter, this plant likes to be drier, but still maintain moisture, so a daily misting with warm water will do the trick.
Shop These Plants
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Other Plant Resources
If you’re looking to learn more about plants, check out some of our plant resources, including gardening tips, DIY planters, and more:
- Garden Bed Planning
- DIY Succulent Planters
- Easiest House Plants to Maintain
- 5 Benefits of Gardening with Your Children