House Plants That Need Little Sunlight

All plants need light to perform photosynthesis so they can grow. But while some need lots of sunlight to thrive, others have very low light requirements. To grow plants indoors, select those with low light requirements and place them near a window. If siting them near windows is not possible, place them under a light--incandescent lights may be enough for survival, but full-spectrum fluorescent lights are best.

Cast-Iron Plant

The cast-iron plant, or aspidistra elatior, is a large house plant with dark green leaves that can be up to 3 feet long. Cast-iron plants do not grow quickly. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings. These plants do not require much fertilization and need to be kept in a cool or room-temperature environment.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera plants are not only indoor plants that can survive in little light, they are good to have on hand because the sap in their thick, heavy leaves can help soothe burns. Most indoor aloe plant varieties grow from a few inches to a foot tall. Water your aloe plants thoroughly and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Fertilize once a month.


Philodendrons are easy to grow indoors. They are appreciated for their foliage, which comes in a variety of sizes and shades of green. They grow best in potting soil with good drainage and plenty of organic matter. Fertilize once every two to three weeks.


There are many of varieties of dracaena, a slow-growing plant. One of the most popular is the dracaena marginata, or Madagascar dragon tree, a variety with long, thin leaves that grow from the main stalk and resemble a fountain. Plant dracaenas in a room that stays at a moderate temperature and allow the soil to dry out between waterings.


Bamboo grows easily indoors with very little attention and thrives in almost any light, including low light. When growing bamboo indoors in soil, plant it in loose, well-drained soil and water when the soil begins to feel dry. Bamboo is a long-living indoor plant.

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