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If you've looked at houseplants before, you might have wondered if you can keep houseplants in darker spots in your house. You can easily overlook low-light plants, because they're not always the most exotic houseplants. It can be confusing to understand the amount of sunlight a plant needs when you're just starting out. The plants on this page are amazing houseplants that you can use to brighten up even the darkest corners of your house.

Most of these houseplants are also very low-maintenance. This makes them perfect for those spots in your house where you want a plant, but them might not be the brightest places. These plants will happily live in those spots and will even purify the air for you.

  1. Sansevieria
  2. Peace Lily
  3. Sedum Morganianum
  4. Parlor palm
  5. ZZ plant
  6. Zamioculcas Raven
  7. English Ivy

1. Sansevieria

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The ultimate guide for Sansevieria plant care

Sansevierias are very unusual looking plants, with blades instead of leaves. They're perfect plants for beginning plant owners that forget about their plants all the time. This plant will survive any light exposure you have in your house and will be a plant friend for years to come.

Read more about taking care of Sansevierias

2. Peace Lily

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The ultimate guide for a Peace Lily

The Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) is a great houseplant that you can place in any kind of light exposure. They're very beginner-friendly plants because they can survive watering mistakes and they tell you when something is wrong. Best of all, Peace Lilies purify the air your breathe, so it also helps you to feel better.

Read more about taking care of a Peace Lily

3. Sedum Morganianum

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The ultimate plant care guide for a Sedum Morganianum

The Sedum Morganianum is the ideal houseplant for beginning plant owners, plant owners that prefer to not spend too much time on their plants, or plant owners with pets and/or small children! The Sedum Morganianum, also known for it's two similar varieties (Burro's tail and Donkey tail) is a very easy-going houseplant that does well in direct sunlight, but also low-light spots.

Read more about taking care of a Sedum Morganianum

4. Parlor palm

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The ultimate guide for a Parlor Palm

The Parlor Palm is a great plant to start your plant collection with. It's low-maintenance and not toxic to your pets and/or small children. This makes it the perfect beginner-friendly plant for your house. It tells you exactly when it's not happy and it grows quickly, yet stays small.

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5. ZZ plant

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The ultimate guide for ZZ plant care

The ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia) is a beginner-friendly and low-maintenance houseplant that can really create a statement in a room. It thrives in darker places in your house and can live in places most other plants won't be able to grow. Due to their thick stems, they can survive without being watered for a very long time (weeks).

Read more about taking care of a ZZ plant

7. English Ivy

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The ultimate guide for taking care of your English Ivy

The English Ivy is a common plant that grows in a lot of different varieties and places. It's happiest when it grows outside and can climb on trees or walls, but it also grows indoors. Turn your house and garden green with this fast-growing plant.

Read more about taking care of an English Ivy

If you're looking for other plants, including those that need more sunlight, you can have a look at all plants we've written about. Over there we'll show you everything we know about all kinds of plants, including those plants that need more sunlight.

Frequently asked questions

Can you propagate a Sansevieria in water?
Yes, you can propagate your Sansevieria cuttings in water to help them grow roots. When there are roots, you can plant it in soil or any other growing medium.
Can you propagate a Sansevieria in Leca?
Leca is the easiest way to propagate your Sansevieria cutting. The consistent watering that Leca does helps you to avoid any watering issues and rotting.
Can you propagate Sansevieria leaves?
You can propagate Sansevieria leaves by carefully cutting them off the parent plant and letting them dry for 2 days. After these two days you can put it in water, soil or Leca.
Can a Sansevieria grow in Leca?
Yes. The Leca helps to water the Sansevieria very consistently. It'll water the plant as much as it needs and not more.
Will growing a Sansevieria in Leca overwater the plant?
Growing a Sansevieria in Leca won't overwater the plant. Leca is designed to soak up the water and allow for the plant to absorb moisture as it needs it. This means you're not overwatering or drowning your plant when growing it in Leca.
Can a sansevieria survive in dark areas?
Sansevierias can survive in any kind of light exposure, including dark areas. The only difference is that your snake plant won't grow when it's in a dark place. It'll only do this in lighter areas.
Can sansevieria be in direct sunlight?
Sansevierias can be in any kind of light exposure, including direct sunlight. The only thing you'll have to keep in mind is that you'll need to water your snake plant more often when it's exposed to direct sunlight.
Does a sansevieria need to be fertilized?
A sansevieria does not need to be fertilized at all. It's a very slow growing plant and is very energy efficient.
Can houseplants grow in darker places indoors?
Yes, there are quite a few plants which prefer darker places in your house. These plants don't like to be exposed to too much sunlight, as they're sensitive to sunburns.
Can you grow a Sansevieria in a dark place?
Yes, you can! Sansevierias grow much more quickly in bright areas and will slow down their growth to a halt in darker areas. It won't harm your plant to keep it in a darker place, but it will slow down its growth a lot.
Can you grow a ZZ plant in a dark place?
Yes, you can! A ZZ plant grows much more quickly in bright areas and will slow down their growth to a halt in darker areas. It won't harm your plant to keep it in a darker place, but it will slow down its growth a lot.
How do you make soil retain more water?
You can add a few ingredients to your soil to improve water retention: vermiculite, sphagnum (peat) moss, and coconut coir.
What is vermiculite?
Vermiculite is a naturally occurring mineral that's heated until it expands and forms into lightweight particles. It's a material that's naturally resistant to mold and other diseases and can hold a lot of moisture.
How can you use Sphagnum moss with houseplants?
Sphagnum moss retains a lot of moisture, so you can mix it with soil to keep it moist for longer. This helps your moisture-loving plants thrive.
Can a Peace Lily grow in low-light places?
Yes, a Peace Lily thrives in low-light places and will be very happy in those places. In fact, if you place the Peace Lily in bright light, it won't do well and its leaves will turn yellow quickly.
When does a Peace Lily grow its flowers?
The Peace Lily will grow flowers in the beginning of spring, but only if it has enough nutrients to do so. To help it grow flowers, you can fertilize your Peace Lily at the beginning of the spring. Your Peace Lily will reward you with beautiful white flowers.
Why is my Peace Lily drooping?
When a Peace Lily is thirsty and hasn't been watered in a while, it'll start to droop its leaves. This is a sign that you should water it soon. After watering your plant, the leaves will raise again in a few hours.
What should I look for when getting a pot for my succulent?
The most important thing to look for is proper drainage. Succulents are easy to kill when overwatered, so proper drainage is essential. The material and size of the pot is also important.
What material is right for my succulent plant pot?
The material of your succulent pot depends on the kind if succulent and where you're going to place your plant. If you place the succulent in a very warm area, a terracotta pot is best. If you place your succulent in a dark place, a glass pot with proper drainage might be your best option.
How much space for my succulent do I need in my pot?
You need about 2.5 cm (1 inches) between the edge of the pot and your plant. If you add more succulents, then you need about 2.5 cm (1 inches) between the different succulents as well.
How much water do succulents need?
Succulents need very little water. Watering them too often, more than once per two weeks in the summer or once per month in the winter, could kill a succulent. So it's best to water it only once per two weeks in the summer and once per month in the winter.
How do you grow succulents from cuttings?
Most succulents are very easy to propagate. So when you have a succulent cutting, there are only 3 things you have to do: 1. wait until your succulent has grown a Callus on the section that was cut away from the parent plant. 2. Plant your succulent in the soil. 3. Water your succulent.
How much sunlight do succulents need?
Most succulents, like cacti, grow in warm regions in the blazing sun. There are a few succulents that require less sunlight, but most of the succulents require all the sunlight you can give it. Make sure to check if your specific succulent needs a lot of light and if so, put it on a windowsill with full sun exposure.
How often should you water the Sedum morganianum?
The Sedum morganianum thrives in a dry environment. It loves to be dry most of the time, so you should water it no more than once every 14 days to allow it to completely dry out.
How much sunlight does the Sedum morganianum need?
The Sedum morganianum thrives in bright and direct sunlight. You can help your Sedum morganianum by giving it the brightest spot in your house where it gets a lot of direct sunlight exposure.
What is the best soil for the Sedum morganianum?
The best type of soil for the Sedum morganianum is soil that drains moisture quickly. The Sedum morganianum loves to be in dry soil, so the soil should be dry again in a day or so.
Why does my Parlor Palm have brown tips?
Your Parlor palm has brown tips when it's too dry and it needs to be watered. The Parlor palm doesn't store a lot of moisture in its stems, so when the soil is dry, your palm will start to dry out slowly.
Why does my Parlor Palm have black spots?
The black spots on your Parlor Palm are due to too much sunlight. The black spots are sunburns. The Parlor palm doesn't tolerate direct sunlight and its leaves are very easily sunburned.
Is a Parlor palm toxic to cats and dogs?
No, a Parlor palm is not toxic to cats and dogs. It's safe to have your Parlor palm in places where you cats and dogs can reach it.
How much sunlight does a ZZ plant need?
ZZ plants thrive in darker places in your house. So you can put them in a room that doesn't get a lot of natural light. Keep these plants out of bright spots, because this will result in dark spots on your ZZ plant.
How much do you water a ZZ plant?
You should water the ZZ plant about once per month. The Zamioculcas Zamiifolia stores a lot of moisture in its stems and is very sensitive to overwatering. Watering it once per month will make sure that it doesn't get overwatered.
Do you need to fertilize a ZZ plant?
You can fertilize a ZZ plant to help it grow more quickly in the spring. However, you don't need to fertilize these plants as they're very slow growers.
Can you mix Leca with soil?
You can mix Leca with soil to improve the drainage of your soil. By adding Leca, you're adding particles to your soil that absorb less moisture than the soil and allowing oxygen to get to your plant's roots.
What is the difference between Perlite and Pumice?
Perlite and Pumice are both vulcanic material. The difference between Pumice and Perlite is that Pumice is harder and can maintain the structure of your soil much better. This means it can prevent your soil from compacting over time.
How often should you water the English Ivy?
The best time to water your Ivy indoors is when the soil is dry to the touch, but not completely dry yet. On average, this means you should water your English Ivy once every 7 days.
How much sunlight does the English Ivy need?
The English Ivy loves indirect sunlight. You shouldn't put it in a spot where it gets direct sunlight as this might cause sunburns to show up on the English Ivy.
What is the best soil for the English Ivy?
The soil for your English Ivy should hold onto moisture for a few days and then dry up completely. Your English Ivy loves to the soil to dry out completely before being watered again, so the soil should drain the excess water.