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Low Light Indoor Plants

Floor-to-ceiling south-facing windows with lots of sunlight. Sounds nice, right? But if your place does not have these features, read on to find out how to create an at-home oasis full of Low Light Indoor Plants.

Go Low

No plant really likes low light but it is possible for some plants to survive it. Plants need light to eat, and the only source of food is by a window. Rooms with windows are like caves to plants. Plants will not grow in low light, and even if they do, it’s likely to be pale and spindly. In low light, plants will thin themselves out by dropping leaves. Plants in low light are using the last of its energy to search for light. If you see spindly growth, thinning or dropping, move your plant closer to the window.

Think about where you want to place your plants. Generally, anything further than 5-7′ from a window is considered “low light”, and anything more than 10′ from a window is too dark. If your windows face other buildings or face north, the light coming through is weak. This is ambient light, not direct sunlight. Any plant you place on or closest to the window is receiving medium light. A plant placed more than a 1-3′ from the window is receiving low light. Do not place plants more than 5′ away from this type of light.

Our Picks

To get you started, here are some Low Light Indoor Plants we love.

Low Light Indoor Plants at Home

Snake Plant

One of the best Low Light Indoor Plants options, Snake Plant thrives at any condition and where it’s quite dark. Snake Plant can also use artificial light efficiently. Plus, they can live without water for many days, so it’s basically impossible to kill these plant.

Low Light Indoor Plants at Home

ZZ plant

Native to lush tropical understories where the light is all but blocked by taller plants, the ZZ plant survives on ambient light, making it a great choice for Low Light Indoor Plants for rooms.

Low Light Indoor Plants at Home


Pothos is super tolerant to Low Light Indoor Plants conditions, perfect for those north-facing windows or windows that face other buildings. By adding a pothos, you can really create a better view.

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