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Houseplants That Need No Sun

Many plant lovers enjoy having indoor plants, but sometimes find that the light levels in the home may be too low to support healthy plants. Your local nursery can provide information on a variety of houseplants that thrive in lower light levels. This is especially appealing to those whose living areas are in interior rooms where there are very few windows.

Cast Iron Plant

The cast iron plant is native to China, Taiwan, Japan and the Eastern Himalayas and is a beloved, old-fashioned, tough indoor plant. A favorite houseplant of the Victorian days, the cast iron plant is carefree and thrives in deep shade. They are tolerant of heat, cold, drought, wet soil, dust and neglect. They are almost completely pest free and make a great partner to cut flower arrangements. The plant has dark green, shiny leaves that can reach 2 feet long. As a potted indoor plant, it reaches 12 to 24 inches tall. There is a variegated type of the cast iron plant that is good for brightening up a dark corner.

Chinese Evergreen

This is a very durable plant that does very well in low light. There are many different varieties of the Chinese evergreen, with foliage that is either silvery green with dark green or the opposite, dark green with very light green streaks. These plants need to be in an area where the temperature will be at least 55 degrees at all times, as lower temperatures cause irreversible damage, resulting in mottled brown spots on the leaves. The plants will develop rotted stalks and new growth will be stunted if soil is kept too wet. The lower leaves will be lost if the soil is allowed to get too dry. Remove any discolored leaves and cut the stalks occasionally to keep the full, leafy look.

Bird's Nest Fern

The bird's nest fern has large, wavy, bright green leaves that can reach up to 4 feet long. It must be grown in low to moderate light, and will scorch in direct sunlight. Deep shade causes the plant to die. Warm temperatures are best for this plant, with nighttime temperatures around 60 degrees F. and daytime temperatures of 70-80 degrees. Fronds which have yellow at the base or those that have brown spots are victims of too much heat. Never place the plant in front of a hot air vent.

Peace Lily

The peace lily thrives in the deep shade. There are many varieties available The peace lily begins to droop noticeably when it is watering time, but this beautiful tropical looking plant will perk up almost immediately when watered. It flowers in the fall. It does well in any area of the home that has low light.

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