Houseplants That Are Easy to Grow & Require Little Light

If your house, apartment or office has a shortage of bright, sunny windows, don't give up on the idea of enhancing your environment with leafy green plants. Although most plants require several hours of light each day, there are a variety of lovely, low-maintenance indoor plants that will tolerate low to moderate light.

Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Evergreen is an attractive indoor plant with light or dark green leaves variegated with either gray or silver markings, depending on the variety. Chinese evergreen is a tolerant plant that needs low to moderate light and won't do well in direct sunlight. Water the plant regularly, keeping the soil lightly moist but not soggy. Fertilize Chinese evergreen once every month during spring and summer, using a general-purpose fertilizer for indoor plants.

Snake Plant

The snake plant is among the easiest of all indoor plants and will tolerate both low and high levels of light and nearly any form of neglect or abuse, except overwatering and freezing temperatures. The tall, strappy plant is also known as mother-in-law's tongue. Water the plant lightly, then allow any excess water to run through the drainage hole. Allow the soil to dry between waterings. Water very sparingly during cool weather, as the roots will rot in soggy soil. Fertilize the snake plant every other month during spring and summer, using a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer or a fertilizer formulated for cactus. Dilute the fertilizer to half strength.

Peace Lily

The peace lily is one of the few indoor plants that will produce flowers in low light. The oval-shaped leaves of the peace lily are shiny and dark green. The sweet-smelling blooms begin as tight, pale green buds, opening to creamy white flowers that resemble a calla lily. Peace lily can tolerate low light or bright, filtered light, but should never be placed in bright light. Water the plant with lukewarm water, then allow the water to drain through the pot. Allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings, but don't allow it to become bone dry. Fertilize your peace lily every two to three months, using a general-purpose liquid houseplant fertilizer.

Rubber Plant

The rubber plant is a popular plant with huge, glossy dark green leaves. One of the largest indoor plants, a rubber plant will reach heights of 6 to 19 feet at maturity. Rubber tree plants can grow in low light or bright light, but they won't tolerate sudden moves from one light level to another. Water the plant deeply, and allow the water to drain freely through the pot. Don't water again until the soil feels dry to the touch. Never allow the bottom of the pot to stand in water. Fertilize a rubber plant with a general-purpose liquid fertilizer every two months.

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M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.

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