5 Houseplants for a low light space

All plants need natural light to survive but there are some that don’t require bright light to thrive.

Do you want your space filled with plants but don’t get enough direct light in your house? Some plants actually prefer low light or partial shade and will thrive in your shady space. To determine if your space has low natural light you can ask yourself- can I easily read a book without turning a light on? If no, then it is likely low light space.


Zamioculcas Zamiifolia (ZZ Plant): The ZZ plant is one of the most low maintenance indoor plants you could have. They do well in low light and are able to withstand drying out a little before watering. For these guys, it’s best to under water than over water to avoid root rot. Once the soil is dry about 2 inches deep it is ready to be watered again.

Asparagus Fern: What’s special about this fern is that it is adaptable to both bright and low light conditions. Many are weary about Ferns, but this one is much easier to care for than other ferns and doesn’t require a humid environment. Once the top inch of your plant’s soil feels dry then it is ready to be watered again. We suggest putting your Asparagus Fern in a spot where it has enough room to get leggy and let it’s leaves branch out.

Philodendron Cordatum : Although these also do well in bright indirect light, they can adjust to a shadier space too. These do best if you water thoroughly and then let the soil dry out about half way before watering again. Try to avoid ever letting your plant get soggy and sit in water.

Pothos: Pothos are another great, simple to care for plant that can tolerate low light. The less variegated (different colored zones of leaves) the better for low light. When plants are highly variegated, for instance with white, the more light it needs or they may lose it’s variegation. Pothos prefer for their soil to dry out between waterings and therefore are forgiving of a bit of an erratic watering schedule. Pothos will wilt and let you know if it does needs water though. To avoid leaf drop, water as soon as you see wilting!

Sansevieria : These are great if you are a new plant mom or dad or seasoned in plant care. They are very durable and versatile, which is why they can survive in partial shaded spaces. If they are in low light, during the winter months you can cut back to watering to just every few weeks or when the soil feels dry two inches deep. Too much water will kill this guy so it’s best to make sure it dries out a bit between watering.

Signs that your plant isn’t getting enough light:

  • If it starts getting leggy and reaching toward the light source

  • If the leaves become transparent and drooping or fall off consistently