You keep playing the game of sun and shade. You want to keep your houseplants happy but the sheer juggling game wears you down. The fact of the matter is, unless you know what you are doing, you may very well be killing it. Plants can’t scream and complain like us. While all plants do need light to survive, if you know which indoor plants to buy for the drawing room, you can keep them thriving even in low light spaces.
The easiest way to determine which indoor plants will do well is to look at the plant’s natural origins. Succulents, cacti and other desert dwellers are best suited to sunny spots (I learned this the hard way. I killed an expensive cactus on the coffee table.) Best choices for shade-loving plants would be those that have their origins in shade. The ones that grow naturally on the forest floor, under a canopy, or thrive happily in shade should be your picks.
Tip: While buying plants in a nursery opt for those that are kept under a canopy.
Here are a few fool-proof indoor plants options for low light apartments
Pothos is a perfect houseplant for areas that don’t get a lot of sunlight and for people who tend to forget to water their plants.
They are an excellent plant for busy people, non-plant people, even for black thumbs.
A perk of growing pothos is that they are high on the list of plants that can help purify indoor air.
To keep your peace lilies healthy, place them in a warm, indoor room that gets indirect sunlight.
Lightly water your lilies whenever their soil looks dry, or about once a week. Use a spray bottle to mist your lilies several times a week with dechlorinated water.
If you ever notice brown or wilted leaves on your lilies, cut them off with clean scissors.
This humble houseplant is actually a multi-tasker. It also purifies the indoor air apart from lending itself to the aesthetics a room.
3.Snake plant (Chlorophytum Comosum):
NASA research has shown that snake plants are able to help keep the air inside your home clean, removing toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene. In short, they are the perfect houseplants.
This common humble houseplant is also a multi-tasking genius. It’s broad spiky leaves are easy to clean and they also absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen at night (the opposite of the process most plants follow).
Sharing your room with these snake plants could give you a slight oxygen boost while you sleep.
To water, a good soaking every 2 to 3 weeks is enough. Let the soil dry out in between.
Spider plants are very easy to care for.
These interesting plants are one of the easiest indoor houseplants to propagate.
Simply pot up the small plantlets or spiders in a separate pot to help them propagate.
They do well when their roots are crowded and can thrive in limited light.
5.ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
A hardy plant that can tolerate both low light and watering neglect, the ZZ plant is great for those with a less than a green thumb.
ZZ plants do best in bright to moderate and even indirect light but will do fine in extremely low levels of indoor light too.
This plant makes an ideal plant for a window-less office or bathroom where it will only receive small amounts of light.
The entire plant has a waxy, shiny coating that makes it appear to resemble those made of plastic.
6.Crown of Thorns
Because of their leaves, most people don’t consider a Crown of Thorns to be a succulent indoor plant, but in reality, it is. They have limited water storing abilities, however, and often have to rely on moisture it takes in through its leaves so I would try misting my plant daily. You might also want to increase the amount of water you give it each time you water it. The lovely pink or red flowers bloom throughout the year but are more plentiful in winter.The white milky sap is poisonous and can cause skin and eye irritation.
Chinese bamboo or lucky bamboo is a great fit for dim rooms. Don’t just pick the first bamboo plant you find, but look for a healthy one.
You can find Lucky Bamboo plants at your local garden center or nursery, and sometimes grocery stores too.
The trick to keeping plants in low light is to allow the soil to get almost dry, all the way to the bottom of the pot. I usually finger check the soil moisture before re-watering to help them thrive. Plants should not be treated as just another piece of added decor. They are living art and need to be taken care of so that they, in turn, can take care of you and anyone else who walks into your space.