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10 Unique Low Light Plants That Will Turn You Into A Plant Lover

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If you have read the previous articles on this blog about creative gardening concepts for indoor spaces and trendy ways to decorate your home with indoor plants, then you would have gotten a few ideas about how you can best adopt the new and innovative gardening concepts and grow and display your greenery such that it not only satisfies your desire to be a gardener but also makes the best use of the space available, looks trendy and will turn each corner of your home into a gardening masterpiece. In this article, you will discover amazing low light plants that can add a unique appeal to your plant collection with their colourful & exotic foliage and/or flowers. The best part is that all will thrive well indoors with a little bit of love and care.

Prayer Plants (Maranta & Calathea Genera)

These low-light-loving leafy plants feature dark green leaves with scalloped edges and coloured highlights. These plants are called prayer-plants because of the way their leaves fold together vertically at night like hands closed in prayer. The leaves unfold in the morning light, sometimes making a rustling sound. Interesting, right? They grow up to 3 feet tall so they make excellent floor plants as well as table toppers. These tropical plants prefer a warm, humid climate and a well-drained soil. They take a “rest” in winter and growth will slow down. They will require less watering no fertilizing, but will still need humidity. A flush of colourful, new leaves will appear in spring and summer. Prayer plants grow best with bright, indirect light from an east or north-facing window. Plants of both Genera: Maranta & Calathea are called prayer-plants. Few different varieties of prayer-plants can be seen in the images below. 

Care Tip: Keep the plant out of the direct sunlight because strong sunlight will cause the leaves to fade. Brown leaf tips are a sign that the air is too dry. It’s a good idea to use a humidity tray or a room humidifier to maintain humidity.

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Bromeliad (Guzmania tempo)

Bromeliads are probably the easiest of all tropical plants to grow, which makes them popular as house plants. These tropical air plants are easily adapted to growing in pots, and they are much more tolerant of varying growing conditions than many of their lush-leaved colleagues. They come in a wide array of colours and textures. Bromeliads can be grown in fast-draining soil consisting of a mixture of soil and sand. Bromeliads require low light and should be kept out of direct sunlight. The soil should be kept moist during the spring and summer months. Bromeliad produces an evergreen rosette of foliage, and a spectacular coloured inflorescence, which lasts for approximately six weeks.

Care Tip: Place distilled or filtered water in the central cup of the plant and replace frequently to keep it from rotting.

Pink Quill (Tillandsia cyanea)

This plant has an exotic and tropical looking flowering bract that it produces. Lasting up to 3 months the flower bract can really add interest to an area much longer than a bunch of flowers could. Its pink flower stalk complements the blue flowers perfectly, which are produced intermittently. They’re great modern low light houseplants but flower only once in their lifetime.   

Care Tip: Pink Quill should be grown in well-drained soil and kept moist, away from direct sunlight.

Money Tree Or Guiana Chestnut (Pachira aquatica)

If you’ve ever noticed a little potted tree with an unusual braided trunk, you’ve encountered a money tree. The braided trunk and leaves have symbolism for people of some cultures who believe that they bring good luck and financial success. But even if such beliefs aren’t true or meaningful to you, you can still enjoy this plant for its fun and unusual trunk, lively green leaves, and relatively low-maintenance needs. The eye-catching braided trunk isn’t a natural feature, it is manually braided by cultivators before the branches harden. Money trees prefer indirect light and moderate-to-high humidity.

Care Tip: Avoid overwatering and too much sunlight because direct sunlight can lead to leaf-scorching, and overwatering can cause root rot.

Purple Shamrock (Oxalis triangularis)

Easy to grow indoors, Oxalis are perennial plants that feature distinctly beautiful, triangular purple coloured leaves. Interestingly unique, oxalis leaves close during night time and reopen during the daytime. Oxalis plants grow well in most climate conditions. They’ll need lots of indirect sunlight in hotter regions and lots of direct sunlight in cooler regions. Maintain a regular watering schedule to ensure that the soil is evenly moist, but not wet.

Care Tip: After the blooming season, the plant goes into dormancy before growing back again. So, during this time,  cut back on watering and feeding.

Warning: Oxalis is toxic if ingested, so use caution with children and pets.

Elephant Ears Or African Mask Plant (Alocasia)

Alocasia has large leaves that look distinctive and almost regal. This plant is easy to grow indoors and provides seasonal displays of wonderful foliage. It prefers rich, fast-draining soil and requires regular feeding. It’s a tropical plant and needs reasonable, or high humidity. 

Care Tip: Direct harsh Sunlight and very dark and gloomy spots should be avoided for keeping the plant. Locations receiving indirect sunlight will be optimum for the placement.  

Warning: This plant is toxic if ingested, so use caution with children and pets.

Polka Dot or Spotted Begonia (Begonia maculata)

These evergreen perennials are tropical plants so they need warmth, indirect sunlight and consistent moisture. They grow fairly fast and can reach a height of 3′ or more and their cascading white flowers bloom throughout the warm season. You should wait for the topsoil to dry out between waterings. 

Care Tip: The secret to Begonia care is the humidity factor. Grouping it with other plants and using water trays are basic methods to raise the humidity, otherwise, a humidifier is an ultimate solution.

Warning: This plant is toxic if ingested, so use caution with children and pets.

Yucca (Yucca)

If you are looking to create a dramatic look with your plants or looking for a stylish accent, Yucca will deliver. The Yucca tree features a solid trunk with leathery spiky leaves emerging from the top. Groups of three Yucca plants in a pot with staggered heights look very attractive. You can cut the plant in half lengthwise if it outgrows its space, and many new branches will start emerging from there. 

Care tip: Yucca grows best in bright, indirect sun. Water regularly and plant in well-drained soil.

Warning: This plant is toxic if ingested, so use caution with children and pets.

indoor low light plant yucca planted in a planter

Stephania erecta

The plant sprouts from its caudex which looks like a bulb. Thin and delicate vines grow vertically and have circular, flat, disc-shaped leaves that add to the plant’s aesthetic appeal.

Care Tip: This plant does best in indirect/low light and moderate watering. The plant will go dormant in cold months and the foliage will die back. At such a time, it will need minimal watering- probably around once or twice a month.

Airplants(Tillandsia)

Airplants are called so because they get most of their nutrition from the air around them and don’t need soil or any other medium to grow. They require bright indirect light and good air circulation to grow well. 

Care Tip: The plant will love occasional misting, but soaking it in water for 15-20 minutes once a week is a preferred way to water it. After soaking it, gently shake the plant, place it upside down and let it dry over a period of 3-4 hours. If the leaves are curling inwards, that means that it needs to be watered. Tips turning brown mean plant is getting too much heat/light or too less water. 

indoor display of air plant

Nature is fascinating and you’ll find some exotic and unusual plants out there, many of which can be good indoor plants, too. These amazing house plants are so beautiful and trendy that you’ll want one of each for your indoor garden—whether you’re seeking a plant with striking flowers or a plant with bigger, bolder foliage that makes a statement. All these plants are low maintenance, low light-loving,  so take some inspiration and give your home some plant love. 

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