Plants That Grow With Sunlight or Artificial Light

The decision to grow plants indoors can come about for many reasons. Lack of property, physical disabilities or the need for a controlled growing area is reason enough for keeping plants inside. Growing indoors can even prevent a favorite yet invasive plant species from spreading through the local ecosystem. Choosing the correct light for growing is essential in order to be a successful indoor grower.

African Violets

Ever popular for their brightly colored and fragrant blossoms, African violets are tried and true houseplants. Giving them bright, indirect light will ensure that African violet foliage does not burn beneath hot lights or blazing sun. These plants do equally well in both natural and artificial lighting. Soils preferred are moist and well drained that are high in organic matter. Humidity is also required for successful growth.

Aquatic Plants

Many aquatic plants thrive beneath artificial lights. Containers for these plants can include anything from a shallow, decorative bowl to an entire aquarium setup complete with C02 injections. Bladderwort, corkscrew rush, waterlilies, duckweed, azolla and creeping Jenny grow quickly beneath bulbs or when exposed to natural sunlight. In order for certain aquatic plants to produce blossoms, a full spectrum grow light or full sun should be used. Nutrient rich clay soils are popular for growing aquatics.


Hoyas are undemanding, large, vining plants that produce waxy, headily fragrant blossoms during the summer. Often planted around windows and allowed to travel across the top of walls they add a lush feeling to homes, gardens and greenhouses. Hoyas prefer moist, well-drained soils that are rich in organic matter. Direct, bright sun may burn hoyas' foliage. When the plants become too large, they can be clipped and the cuttings rooted in moist sand or a glass of water.


Aralias come in different forms, shapes and colors. They prefer bright light and grow well as houseplants beneath artificial or natural sunlight. Exposure to ethylene gas, overwatering or drastic changes in temperature will cause aralia leaves to drop. Chicken gizzard (P. crispa,) Ming (P. fruticosa,) and Fabian (P. scutellaria) are popular aralia species.

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Izzy McPhee has been a freelance writer since 1999. She writes about gardening, nature conservation, pond care, aquariums, child care, family, living on a budget and do-it-yourself projects. Her paintings have appeared in the well known gallery The Country Store Gallery in Austin, Texas. Her work can be seen on and Demand Studios.