House Plants That Grow in Semi Dark

Every house has a dark corner that needs brightening. Fill that dull spot with a house plant. All plants need some light, but a few house plants will do well in low light. You can supplement with artificial lighting, even regular fluorescent bulbs. Plants need more light in order to bloom, so don't count on growing flowers in dimness. But plants that originally grew in the shaded understory of forests will tolerate the shady corners of your home.

Chinese Evergreen

The Chinese Evergreen (aglaonema) is a fairly compact plant with attractive variegated leaves of silver or yellow-green and dark green. The contrasting colors of the leaves help the plant stand out in dim light. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Leaves will turn brown and rot if the plant is too wet, or yellow and fall off if the plant is too dry. Keep out of drafts and away from cold temperatures.

Heartleaf Philodendron

The heart-shaped leaves of this sprawling plant give it its name. Heartleaf philodendron will tolerate a wide variety of conditions, including low light. The plant sends out long tendrils, so should have some kind of support. You can also train it up curtain rods or to trail down bookshelves. Allow the soil to dry out a little before you water it. Trim the plant if it gets too leggy and root the cuttings in water.

Snake Plant

Snake Plant (Sansevieria), also known as Mother-in-law tongue, has long, narrow variegated leaves striped with streaks or black or green. The leaves may twist slightly as the plant shoots upward. Snake plant is a good choice for a narrow space, since it grows vertically, not spreading much. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings.

Parlor Palm

The Parlor Palm's lacy fronds evoke images of Victorian parlors or quaint tea rooms. Parlor palms grow very slowly, but can reach quite a large size over the years. Keep the soil moist and trim off any dead branches. Keep the plant away from drafts.

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