Low Light Potted Plants

Potted plants add warmth to a room and make it cozy and inviting, which is why they are placed inside homes, offices, shopping centers and restaurants alike. Indoor potted plants receive lesser amounts of sunlight than those placed outside, which is why not all plants are meant for indoor decoration. A large variety of beautiful plants that survive low-light situations indoors can add color to a spot, brightening any location.

Phothos Ivy

Phothos ivy (Epipremnum aureumis) is a favorite for low-light situations because it can survive in artificial light in rooms without any windows. Depending on the cultivar grown, it's heart-shaped variegated or green leaves grow on a trailing stem that is kept short when placed on a desk or table, and allowed to grow and trail when on a shelf, ledge or hanging basket. It grows by runners planted in pots filled with moist soil. Although it requires little water, occasional rounds of all-purpose fertilizer keeps the roots of phothos ivy healthy and its leaves shiny. Wipe the leaves frequently to remove any dust so your potted plant looks appealing all the time.

Snake Plant

Also called bowstring hemp or mother-in-law's tongue, the snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) is a strong plant that survives low light, neglect and abuse, and is very difficult to kill. It grows up to 4 feet tall and has thick, stiff leaves that are usually a mixture of gray and green, bordered by deep yellow, and creamy flowers full of nectar. The leaves gather at the top to form a sharp point, hence the name "Mother-in-law's Tongue." This plant requires little watering to prevent root rot, and grows by underground rhizomes. It tolerates most indoor conditions except freezing and below-freezing temperatures.

Chinese Evergreen

Aglaonema, or Chinese evergreen, is a widely grown indoor plant that grows up to 3 feet tall and equally wide. Depending on the cultivar grown, its elongated leaves appear in shades of light green or dark green, while some have yellow centers with irregular markings. It tolerates low light well, but keep the plant away from open windows and doorways to prevent it from the cold that it cannot withstand. Overwatering your Chinese evergreen leads to root rot and possible disease. Trim tall stalks occasionally to encourage fresh, dense growth and prevent it from becoming tall and leggy.

Rubber Plant

Ficus elastica, rubber plant, is a favorite low-light plant found in most homes and offices. It has wide, deep green leaves that grow slowly in a low-light environment. Feed it an occasional dose of water-soluble fertilizer and trim its foliage as often as you like to maintain its shape and appearance.

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