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The Best Low Light Plants for that Shady Corner


Low light conditions are always a challenge for the indoor gardener, so help is here: check out this list of low light plants that will survive (and sometimes thrive) with the least amount of light.

1. Lucky Bamboo

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I talked to one grower recently who said he wanted to see what would happen in he grew a pot of lucky bamboo in his dark bedroom. Two years later, the plant was still thriving. So here it is: the world's best indoor shade plant.

2. Spider Plants

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These can be grown as hanging or trailing plants, in baskets or pots. Spider plants will survive for a long, long time in less-than-ideal light conditions, including even artificial light.

3. Golden Pothos Vine

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I'm still surprised by the conditions I see these plants thriving in. Dark. Dry. Just totally un-plantlike. If you're looking for a sure-thing in shady conditions, try a pot of Golden Pothos.

4. Ferns

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Not all ferns will thrive in shady corners, but it's safe to say that many of the finest are easily suited to low-light conditions.

5. Snake Plant and Mother-In-Law's Tongue

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The sansevieria species are some of the best low-light plants. They're striking looking, and strikingly easy to grow.

6. Dracaena

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This group includes the Ti Plants, D. Draco and other dracaena species. They're great plants for low-light conditions.

7. Aechmea Bromeliads

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Surprised to see a tropical bromeliad on the list? Then try these out. Aechmea are commonly sold in flower, and a flowering aechmea will often hold its bloom and shape for months and months in poor light or artificial light conditions.
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