These Indoor Plants Can Stay Alive Even Without a Lot of Sunlight

Want a plant but don't have a lot of light in your space?

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Whether you live in a condo or a house, there will be some parts of your home that won't get as much natural light as the others. Adding greenery to these dim areas might not seem like a good idea, but it is possible. Generally, all plants need sunshine in order to thrive, but there are certain indoor plants that can survive in low-light conditions, though you'll have to note that "more shade translates to slower growth rates and slower evaporation of the water in the soil," explains Architectural Digest. Just be careful not to over-water these shade-loving houseplants as their water consumption is usually lower compared to those placed in brighter spots. 

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Check out this list of low-light-loving indoor plants that can freshen up your space: 

Snake plant 

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With their stiff patterned leaves, snake plants—otherwise known as Mother-in-Law's Tongue—are visually striking. But don't worry, this lively houseplant doesn't require a lot of light. In fact, according to Gardening Know How, snake plants can survive with artificial lighting. You can use this tough plant to decorate your home office or to fill up an empty corner in your home. 

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What also makes snake plants so lovable is that it can help filter indoor airRolling Nature notes that this air-purifying houseplant can convert carbon dioxide into oxygen at night, and it can even lessen allergens at home

Fittonia plant 

This tiny houseplant, which is also commonly known as the nerve plant—is sensitive to "strong, direct sunlight and will quickly suffer from leaf burn," according to The Spruce, which makes it perfect for shady areas in your home. It does, however, require constant humidity. Frequent misting is a must to keep the leaves from wilting. 

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Chinese Evergreen 

If you're a first-time plant parent, you can't go wrong with filling up your indoor garden with Chinese Evergreen, which also goes by the name aglaonema. This tropical foliage is known for being hard-to-kill—it'll survive even if you forgot to water it for a week! It thrives in medium to low light conditions, which makes it ideal for indoors. An aglaonema's darker varieties will do well in shady areas, whereas its lighter or colorful variegated varieties will need some indirect light. Just remember to keep them away from direct sunlight as this will burn their attractive leaves. 

Heartleaf Philondendron 

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This adorable trailing plant has glossy leaves shaped like a heart, which also explains why it's also known as the sweetheart. It grows much faster in a spot with bright, indirect light, but it can tolerate low-light areas, too! Plant it in a hanging basket and let it beautifully trail from a shelf. This is especially a good idea if you have pets at home as these green wonders are toxic. 

Dracaena Janet Craig 

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Decorate a bare corner in your home with this eye-catching floor plant! Its dark, strappy leaves grow upright, which give the houseplant a perky appearance. Don't worry, it does well in a shady spot, and it's drought-tolerant, too. When placed in a low-light area, it only needs watering every two weeks, but it will appreciate regular misting! Doing so will prevent the tips of the leaves from turning brown. 

Spider plant

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With its arching leaves, this spider-like houseplant would look striking when placed in a hanging pot. It prefers bright, indirect light, but it can tolerate shady areas. While it's generally easy to care for, you will need to pay attention to the kind of water you use to feed it. 

As much as possible, avoid using tap water as it contains high levels of salt. As Real Simple notes, "Salt is toxic for tropical plants like spider plants because it is out of their native element." This can cause the leaves to turn brown. Instead, try watering your spider plants with distilled water!

ZZ Plant 

If you're a forgetful plant parent, a ZZ plant is another green wonder worth adding to your indoor garden. Aside from not needing a lot of sunlight, it can tolerate drought. Thanks to its bulbous roots, it can retain water in its base for a long time. That being said, water it only when its soil is dry. Otherwise, overwatering can cause its roots to rot. 

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With its wand-like shape, this decorative houseplant will surely add visual interest to your living space. It can also help purify the air at the same time. 

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