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Our Favorite Low-Light Houseplants



North facing windows or a window screened by trees, buildings or porches provide enough light to still grow house plants, though such conditions don’t provide enough light for  flowering plants. Fortunately, there are some wonderful choices for low light conditions in your home.

Aglaonema (Chinese evergreen)


From variegated leaves to red striped leaves, to patterned leaves to solid leaves, these plants are easy to grow. Growing upright, they like to dry out before being watered and need to be fed lightly every two weeks.

Rhapis (Lady Palm)


Lady palms have large hand-shaped leaves with long, glossy, dark green leaflets. The leaves form a dense canopy on the stems. Easy to grow, they can eventually reach 8 to 20 feet. Water thoroughly when the soil is dry to the touch. They are slow growing and require feeding monthly from April through September



With fleshy upright sword or cylindrical shaped leaves, they are often marked with yellow or dark green stripes. Sometimes called snake plants or mother- in-law -tongues, Sansevierias are actually succulents. Architectural in shape, they bring a modern look to your home. Water only when the soil is dry to the touch; standing in water can kill this plant. Feed with cactus food monthly. Even though they can thrive in low light conditions, they can also be used in sunny locations.

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Spathiphyllum (PeaceLily)


This plant has pointed, oval shiny green leaves on long stems. It’s white flower floats above the leaves on a thin stems,Half and flowering for weeks. Some varieties like ‘Sensation’ can have leaves up to 24 inches long creating quite a drastic statement. Easy to grow, this plant like to stay evenly moist. From spring until fall, fertilize lightly every week.

Zamioculas Zamiifolia


Called ZZ plant for short, it has small green glossy leaves growing on upright arching stems. ZZ plants are the plants for brown thumbs! Thriving on neglect, ZZ plants can grow up to 3 feet tall. Needing little water, they are the perfect plant to forget about!

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