However, it is not always easy to find species that adapt well to poorly lit places. In this article we are going to talk about the best plants for interior decoration in low light, their characteristics, their specific care and, of course, the best tips for them to grow optimally so that you can enjoy all their beauty and properties.
How to choose indoor plants for dimly lit places in three steps
Decorating the interior of your home or workplace with plants makes these spaces more pleasant, welcoming and cheerful... even if they have little light! Here are the keys to making the right choice:
- Plants have a great visual effect. That is why they are an essential element in decoration. And when it comes to decorating, the most important requirement is that this element adapts to the personal taste of each individual: large or small leaves? local or exotic varieties? plant or tree?
- Once chosen, we need to make sure that it will fit easily into the assigned place. If we are not sure, the most practical and direct thing to do is to go to our shop or nursery of confidence and let the specialised staff advise us.
- The third step is to find the right place for it to shine in all its splendour. Let's not forget that we want to place it in spaces with little light. Some plants, such as poto, ficus or aspidistra, can thrive with practically no natural light as long as watering and fertilisation are taken care of.
Requirements and care for low light houseplants
Although each plant has its own peculiarities, there are a number of essential rules and care requirements common to all houseplants that are to be grown in dimly lit locations:
- Watering - The frequency of watering will depend on the type of plant. In general, the soil should be kept moist - not waterlogged - and wait for the water to be absorbed before watering again. If in doubt, seek specialist advice.
- Temperature - Most indoor plants are of tropical origin and therefore the temperature should be kept between 15 and 25º.
- Humidity - As with temperature, humidity should be kept within a constant range: not below 20% and not above 60%.
- Pot - For optimum development, the pot should be adapted to the size of the plant. As the plant grows, it should be transplanted to a larger pot.
- Pesticide - To avoid common pests such as mealy bugs and spider mites, it is advisable to spray regularly with an anti-pest product.
- Light - All plants, even those placed in dark interiors, need some light to photosynthesise and thus develop. Each type of plant has different needs. If in doubt, it is best to seek specialist advice.
- Fertilisers and fertilisers - Fertilisers and fertilisers are necessary to give the plant the nutrients and minerals it needs.
8 plants for low light spaces
The poto is without doubt the number 1 houseplant. This flexible plant without a rigid stem grows and thrives in sunlight as well as in the office with artificial light. You can test your creativity by giving it a thousand and one different forms: as a hanging plant, curled up on a guide, scattered on the floor... the visual effect is always incredible!
Ribbon is the perfect plant for dark interiors. They are extremely durable, easy to propagate and need hardly any care. perfect for beginners, busy people, and gardening nerds!
This species is becoming increasingly popular due to its hardiness and the fact that it can live in almost no light. Water them when the potting soil is completely dry and avoid waterlogging by good drainage of the substrate.
- Ficus benjamina
This variety of ficus, with its luxuriant foliage and elegant appearance, is a favourite of interior designers and decorators. Although it lives perfectly well outdoors, it adapts well to enclosed, dimly lit spaces. it is also easy to water!
This beautiful plant will brighten up even the darkest corners thanks to its wide range of colours. Begonias grow happily even if they have hardly any light. They only need a little water when the potting soil dries out.
Mint grows well in damp, shady spaces. In addition to its ornamental power, you can benefit from its many properties as an aromatic plant to perfume your home, dress your salads... or enjoy refreshing mojitos!
- Lounge palm
Ideal as an indoor plant: it hardly needs any light, is highly decorative and resistant and is an effective odour eliminator, such as tobacco. Its only requirement is that you keep the substrate in the pot moist. a must for your home!
- Snake's tongue
Tiger's tongue, mother-in-law's tongue... Sansevieria trifasciatais a very common houseplant. Its lance-shaped, long and pointed leaves are able to store water for a long time and can therefore withstand a lack of light and watering very well.
Indoor plants for low light spaces are the perfect solution to decorate and enhance places that are usually poorly lit such as certain areas of the living room, bedrooms, bathrooms, workplaces or even the kitchen. let your imagination run wild!
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