House Plants Not Needing Outside Light


Plants grown in greenhouses are used to strong light. When you bring home a plant from a greenhouse and place it in low light, it may drop leaves and otherwise look scruffy for a while, but if it is a plant that adapts to low light conditions it will soon recover and put on new leaves, according to North Dakota State University Extension.


Chinese evergreens, dracaenas, cast iron plant and philodendrons are attractive plants that do well without a window nearby. Spathiphyllum, sometimes called the closet plant or peace lily, tolerates less light than any of the other common house plants. Ferns that do well in low light include the Rochford holly fern and the Dallas fern. Palms for low-light conditions include Kentia palm and parlor palm. Indoor palms need more water than other low-light plants.


Water plants in low-light conditions sparingly. Plants that don't receive much light don't need as much water as plants in strong light, and allowing them to sit in water causes the roots to rot.

Occasional Light

Giving plants that grow in low light a brighter environment from time to time allows them to replenish themselves. Never move a plant that is accustomed to low light into direct sunlight. Instead, allow them some time in a bright room or shaded area outdoors, out of direct sunlight, advises NDSU Extension.


  • Texas Cooperative Extension: Low Light House Plants
  • North Dakota State University Extension: Interior Plantscaping with Large Houseplants
  • University of Minnesota Extension: Indoor Plants for Low-light Conditions
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