Indoor plants are known to boost the mood, reduce stress, and improve the air quality in the home. Their vibrant foliage brings new life to the room and increases the overall aesthetic. There is an incredibly vast variety of indoor plants, so there are lots to choose from!
For your convenience, we have created a list of some large indoor plants that don’t require much light. Keep reading to find out more about 14 large indoor plants that thrive in low light conditions!
This well-loved plant is more commonly known as a Snake Plant because of the way its leaves grow. There are many different varieties of this plant, each with unique characteristics. The leaves may be long or short, flat or concave, round or pointed, and all shades of green with white and yellow accents.
Its botanical name is Sansevieria.
Ensure that the soil is almost completely dry before watering this plant, watering it every 2 to 8 weeks. The plants thrive best in medium light, but will also do just fine in low light. These plants grow very slowly, but also have a long life span.
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2. Peace Lily
Peace Lilies can reach up to 3 feet in height with a wide spray of leathery, dark green leaves. Its white “flowers” are actually specialized leaf bracts. It’s a vibrant perennial that brings a lot of life to any space.
Its botanical name is Spathiphyllum.
The Peace Lily is an easy-care, resilient plant. Light partial shade is best for these plants. If the leaves start to yellow, it could be a sign of too much sunlight. Amazingly, these plants give you a hint of when they need more water: when they start to droop, give it some water. Water it enough to keep the soil moist.
Be aware that lilies of all kinds are extremely toxic to cats. If you have a cat, keep lilies strictly out of your home.
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The Philodendron plant is a gorgeous tangle of lush green, heart-shaped leaves that grow from a vine-like stem. There are two varieties: climbing and non-climbing. They’ll bring a tropical vibe to your home.
Its botanical name is Philodendron.
Even if you have a self-proclaimed “black thumb,” chances are you’ll be able to keep this plant alive. It gives you the signs of when it needs attention. Monitor the amount of sunlight it receives: its leaves will start to yellow if it’s getting too much. Allow the top inch of soil to dry before watering
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4. Chinese Evergreen
This leafy, green tropical plant has incredible patterned leaves. Their leaves may be solid green, speckled, patchy, or striped. Some varieties have pink or white undertones and veins. Chinese Evergreens can reach up to 3 feet in height.
Its botanical name is Aglaonema.
The Chinese Evergreen thrives in filtered light to partial shade. Water it until the soil is moderately moist, but then allow the top inch of soil to dry out before the next watering. Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer every few weeks during its growing season.
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5. Zanzibar Gem
This plant is also known as the ZZ plant, an abbreviated form of its botanical name. The ZZ plant boasts incredible characteristics like wide, green, waxy leaves and an eventual height between 2 and 3 feet.
Its botanical name is Zamioculcas zamiifolia.
Incredibly, this plant is very much drought tolerant and can handle some neglect. Use any type of well-draining soil and water it every 7 to 14 days. However, don’t allow the soil to become water-logged. Use a balanced liquid fertilizer once a month for continued plant health.
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6. Cast Iron Plant
Cast Iron Plants are well-loved, incredibly tough, and perfect for indoor decor. The plant features long, dark green foliage. The plant is a slow grower, but can eventually grow up to 2 feet in height.
Its botanical name is Aspidistra elatior.
Keep these plants away from direct sunlight to avoid sunburn. Though drought-tolerant, the Cast Iron Plant does need some water to keep it alive. Let the soil dry out between waterings. Fertilize the plant every other week with a well-balanced liquid fertilizer during the spring and summer months.
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This plant is incredibly ornamental in nature. Interestingly, the origin of the plant’s name comes from the Greek word “drakaina” meaning “female dragon.” The Dracaena can reach around 3 feet in height at maturity. The plant has a woody trunk and its leaves are long, dark green, leathery, and pointed.
Its botanical name is Dracaena reflexa.
Filtered indoor light or semi-shade is ideal for this plant variety. Allow the top inch of soil to dry before the next watering. Mist the leaves to keep it hydrated. The plant can thrive in any type of soil as long as it has good drainage.
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This houseplant brings with it all kinds of lush, tropical vibes. There is a variety of Dieffenbachia available, and their leaves can be solid green, variegated white/cream and green, speckled, striped, or splotched. These houseplants can reach an astounding height of 5 feet.
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Lots of indirect light or partial shade help the Dieffenbachia thrive. Allow the top 2 inches of soil to dry out before you water the plant again. The soil should be well-draining and well-aerated. Regularly fertilize with a well-balanced diluted fertilizer.
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The look of this tropical plant is quite intriguing. It has thick foliage that grows in a natural rosette. Its wide leaves are curved and grow in a circle around a central stem. Their showy flowers come in shades of red, yellow, pink, and orange.
Its botanical name is Bromeliaceae.
Bromeliads prefer filtered light for optimal growth. Plant them in well-draining potting soil and use a slow-release fertilizer at the start of the growing season. Water them weekly during the growing season.
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The Monstera is well-known and loved for its distinctive broad green leaves with naturally occurring holes, called fenestrations, in them. Because of the leaf holes, it’s also known as the “Swiss Cheese Plant.” Pick an indoor spot with lots of room since the Monstera can grow up to 8 feet in height.
Its botanical name is Monstera deliciosa.
Water your monstera plant every or every other week, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Find a spot in your house that has a balance of light and shade. If possible, keep it in a fairly humid location.
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11. Weeping Fig
When grown indoors, the Weeping Fig reaches between 3 and 6 feet in height. It’s common to braid the trunks for a decorative appeal. The plant features long, slender branches that arch and are full of dark glossy leaves.
Its botanical name is Ficus benjamina.
Plant the Weeping Fig in nutrient-rich soil that’s fast draining. Place the plant in a spot that receives indirect sunlight. Keep your watering schedule consistent and keep the soil moderately moist. Fertilize it frequently throughout the growing season.
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12. Dragon Tree
Though a slow grower, the Dragon Tree can grow up to 6 feet tall indoors. The plant grows from a single trunk that will eventually branch out. The green leaves are long, slender, and pointed. The leaves may be a solid color or a combination of green, red, and/or yellow.
Its botanical name is Dracaena draco.
Position the plant in a spot that receives shaded indirect sunlight. Monitor the watering schedule, keeping the soil moderately moist.
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13. Parlor Palm
A Parlor Palm is a tropical plant lover’s dream come true. The plant features bright green fan-shaped leaves that arch gracefully as they grow. It grows in small clumps of thin trunks. As an indoor plant, the palm gradually reaches between 2 and 6 feet in height.
Its botanical name is Chamaedorea elegans.
This type of palm loves low-light conditions: bright, filtered sunlight. Use a high-quality potting mix that drains well. Water the plant when the top inch of soil has dried out and monitor its moisture level.
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14. Kentia Palm
If you have the indoor space for the Kentia Palm, don’t delay in adding it to your home. It can reach up to 10 feet in height. The palm features gorgeous fronds typical of palm trees. It keeps an upright structure and its fronds eventually arch gracefully.
Its botanical name is Howea forsteriana.
Position the plant that receives bright, indirect sunlight. Water it every week, but make sure the top inch of soil has dried out before doing so. Use a well-draining potting soil and fertilize it monthly in the spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer.
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