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5 Best Houseplants That Thrive in Low-Light Spaces

Renee Valdes
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Snake plant on coffee table

Growing indoor plants inside your home gets easier once you know the types of houseplants that thrive in low-light spaces. 

Not only do houseplants purify and cleanse the air, they pump oxygen into the air we breathe inside. Greenery helps us feel more relaxed, while bright, tropical foliage looks beautiful as part of our decor.

Besides low-light, the plants on this list require little maintenance. That means you can spend weekends carefree, traveling with ease knowing your indoor plants will survive and be fine. 

5 Houseplants that Thrive in Low-Light Spaces:Snake Plant for Back to School Houseplants | The Home Depot's Garden Club

1. Snake plants

Snake plants, also known as sansevieria, will tolerate any amount of light, especially in the corners of your living spaces.

Being so strong and sturdy makes snake plants a great plant for any space. Their striking, sword-like leaves add instant height to any space. It’s also nearly impossible to kill snake plants because they can survive for a month without water. Since these green beauties also purify the air, that’s what makes snake plants the perfect addition to any space inside your home. Make sure to water when the soil is dry.

In the autumn and winter months, be sure to let snake plants dry completely between waterings.

ZZ plant houseplant

2. ZZ plant

No light, no problem with the ZZ plant. It’s the perfect addition to a household for the forgetful houseplant parent. These low-light survivors can be forgotten for periods of time and still look beautiful. ZZ plant’s upright, glossy foliage in dark green is a welcome sight on dreary days.

Give the ZZ plant well-draining potting mix and allow the soil to dry out between waterings.

Corn plant houseplant

3. Corn plant

Corn plants stand tall and thrive in a variety of conditions, tolerating everything from low light to lots of light. With long, glossy leaves and a cane-like trunk, the patient corn plant fills out a pot handsomely. When new growth appears, stems will branch, so the plant gradually grows in complexity. Old stems can be cut, dried and replanted in moist soil to propagate.

Plant in well-draining potting soil and repot your houseplant when needed.

Ponytail Palm Back to School Houseplants | The Home Depot's Garden Club

4. Ponytail palm

This slow-growing palm eventually grows up to four feet tall. Ponytail palms prefer light but they tolerate low light, too. 

It’s a simple houseplant to care for and almost indestructible, which makes it popular indoors. It can also store water in its trunk and go long periods without water.

Ponytail palms grow well when planted in a well-draining indoor potting mix. 

Monstera for Bold Foliage | The Home Depot's Garden Club

5. Monstera deliciosa

With this plant, it’s all about the foliage. Monstera deliciosa, known also as the Swiss cheese plant, is a houseplant that thrives in low-light spaces. It also comes in a variety of sizes and types.

So go ahead and use it in your home, where it can be seen in all its glory. 

Use a standard potting mix for monstera. It’s somewhat drought-tolerant, but keep it watered regularly so the soil doesn’t dry out.

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