Best Indoor Plants for Low Light Conditions: A Guide to Growing Large Houseplants in Dimly Lit Spaces


If you have a pangborn thumb and are looking for plants that can adapt to low light conditions in your homes, look no further. There are several large indoor plants that can thrive in low light and bring life to any space. One such plant is the fiddle leaf lyrata, which is known for its large and beautiful leaves. The fiddle leaf lyrata is easy to care for and can liven up any space with its trendy and stylish vibe.

Another popular choice is the money tree, also known as pachira. This plant is ideal for those looking to add a touch of nature to their homes without breaking the bank. The money tree is not only affordable in price, but it also requires very little space and can survive in low light conditions. It’s an excellent choice for those who are looking for a low-maintenance plant.

If you’re more into trees than smaller plants, dracaenas are a great option. These taller plants can liven up any space with their long, woody stems and gorgeous burgundy leaves. Dracaenas are easy to care for and don’t require much light, making them perfect for homes with limited sun exposure.

If you’re looking for a plant that requires even less light, a bird-of-paradise might be the perfect choice. This plant can thrive in low light conditions and doesn’t ask for much in return. With its striking orange and blue flowers, the bird-of-paradise is sure to make a statement in any room.

Another great option for low light conditions is the corn plant, also known as the Chinese palm. This plant is always a good choice, as it can adapt to a variety of lighting conditions. The corn plant doesn’t require much water and is easy to care for, making it a favorite among beginners and seasoned plant enthusiasts alike.

One final recommendation is the monstera deliciosa, also known as the Swiss cheese plant. This plant is trendy and easy to care for, making it a popular choice among plant lovers. With its large, green leaves and interesting leaf patterns, the monstera deliciosa is sure to bring life and style to any space.

Regardless of which large indoor plant you choose, it’s important to remember that adequate light and water are required for their survival. These plants may thrive in low light conditions, but they still need some light to grow and flourish. By providing them with the right conditions, you can enjoy the beauty of these plants in your home for years to come.

18 Tall Indoor Floor Plants to Make a Statement

When it comes to adding life to your home or office, large indoor floor plants are an excellent choice. Not only do they bring a touch of nature indoors, but they also make a statement with their height and vibrant greenery. If you have low light conditions in your space, there are still plenty of tall indoor plants that will thrive. Here are 18 options to consider:

Plant Name Height Lighting Needs Special Features
Spathiphyllum 8-11 feet Low light Elegant white flowers
Dracaena Rivularis 3-8 feet Low light Tropical appeal
Arboricola 8-11 feet Low to moderate light Air-purifying
Ficus Benghalensis 3-11 feet Low to moderate light Large, glossy leaves
Ficus Lyrata 6-10 feet Medium to bright light Dramatic, violin-shaped leaves
Pachira Aquatica 6-8 feet Moderate to bright light Good luck charm
Dracaena Fragrans 3-10 feet Moderate to bright light Stylish foliage
Strelitzia Nicolai 5-8 feet Bright light Bird-of-paradise flowers
Dracaena Marginata 6-15 feet Low to bright light Striking red edges on leaves
Sansevieria Trifasciata 2-4 feet Low to bright light Air-purifying
Aglaonema 2-4 feet Low to moderate light Variegated leaves
Schefflera Arboricola 4-8 feet Low to bright light Umbrella-like leaves
Dracaena Janet Craig 2-8 feet Low to bright light Lush green foliage
Zamioculcas Zamiifolia 2-4 feet Low to bright light Drought-tolerant
Clusia Rosea 4-10 feet Moderate to bright light Thick, succulent-like leaves
Bamboo Palm 7-12 feet Low light Natural air humidifier
Pinus Nigra 50-80 feet Bright light Classic, tall pine tree
Chlorophytum Comosum 1-2 feet Low to bright light Air-purifying
Araucaria Excelsa 4-8 feet Bright light Living Christmas tree

With these tall indoor floor plants, you can create a stunning display that will be the envy of all who visit. They not only add visual appeal but also purify the air and make living spaces more inviting. Whether you have a sunny corner or a low-light room, there’s a plant option for everyone. Just make sure to choose a plant that suits your lighting conditions and care preferences, and enjoy having a statement piece of greenery in your home or office.

Fiddle-Leaf Fig

The Fiddle-Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata) is a popular indoor plant that can thrive in low light conditions. With its large, distinctive leaves, the Fiddle-Leaf Fig adds a touch of elegance to any space.

The Fiddle-Leaf Fig is native to West Africa, where it grows naturally in the arboricola forests of Cameroon. It has thick, leathery leaves that resemble the shape of a fiddle or violin, hence its name. This unique leaf shape is why many people are drawn to the Fiddle-Leaf Fig for their homes and offices.

One of the great things about Fiddle-Leaf Figs is that they can survive without direct sunlight. In fact, too much sunlight can lead to leaf burn. They’re also relatively low-maintenance plants, making them a popular choice for both beginners and experienced plant owners. Just be sure not to overwater them, as they prefer a slightly drier soil.

If you’re looking for other large indoor plants that thrive in low light, consider the following:

Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema) Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)
Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina) ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)
Aloe Vera Snake Plant (Sansevieria)
Meyer Lemon Tree (Citrus × meyeri) Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
Dracaena marginata Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides) Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)
Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera adansonii) Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus)
Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)
Calathea Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata)
Janet Craig (Dracaena fragrans) Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa ‘Thai Constellation’)
Umbrella Tree (Schefflera arboricola) Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)
Aglaonema Zebra Plant (Aphelandra squarrosa)
Fiddle-Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata) Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae)

These plants can bring life and greenery to any indoor space, providing a statement piece for your home or office. They require little attention and can be a great addition to your indoor plant collection.

Rubber Plant

A rubber plant, also known as a rubber tree (scientific name: Ficus elastica), is a popular choice for indoor plants that thrive in low light conditions. They are named “rubber” plants because of their milky white sap, which was once used to make rubber. Rubber plants are native to Southeast Asia and can grow to be quite tall, reaching heights of up to 30 feet.

Rubber plants are perfect for those looking for low maintenance and trendy indoor plants. They can adapt to almost any light conditions, although they thrive in medium to low light levels. You can place them in any corner of your home, as they’re not picky when it comes to the placement near a window.

Ikea offers some potted rubber plant options, such as the Ficus elastica ‘Burgundy’, which has beautiful deep burgundy-colored leaves. Alternatively, you can opt for the Ficus elastica ‘Tineke’, which has stunning variegated foliage. If you’re looking for a smaller rubber plant, the Ficus elastica ‘Ruby’ or Ficus elastica ‘Melany’ are great choices.

One of the best things about rubber plants is their ability to purify the air in your home. They efficiently remove common toxins from the air, which can help improve indoor air quality. Rubber plants love moisture, so make sure to keep their soil slightly moist at all times. However, be careful not to overwater them, as they can be sensitive to root rot.

Rubber plants are relatively slow-growing, but they can reach an impressive height of up to 10 feet if given the right care and conditions. To encourage growth, you can fertilize them with a balanced houseplant fertilizer every four to six weeks during the growing season.

When it comes to the placement of your rubber plant, make sure to avoid placing it near drafts or cold windows, as they prefer warm and stable temperatures. They also don’t like sudden temperature changes. A rubber plant can be a great addition to any space, adding a touch of green and creating a cozy and vibrant vibe.

As with any indoor plant, there are some pros and cons to consider when it comes to rubber plants. Here are a few for you to keep in mind:

Pros: – Thrives in low light levels – Easy to care for – Purifies indoor air – Adds a touch of green to your space
Cons: – Can be toxic to pets – Sensitive to overwatering – Growth can be slow – Leaves may drop if conditions are not ideal

Before buying a rubber plant, ask yourself a few questions to ensure it’s the right fit for your home:

  1. Do I have a suitable space with enough room for the plant to grow?
  2. Can I provide the right light conditions for the plant?
  3. Am I comfortable with the potential maintenance involved?
  4. Are there any pets in my home that may be affected by the plant’s toxicity?

If you’re a beginner when it comes to houseplants, a rubber plant can be a great choice. It’s relatively easy to care for and forgiving of occasional neglect. Just make sure to keep an eye on the soil’s moisture level and adjust your watering accordingly. With a little care and attention, your rubber plant will thrive and add a touch of greenery to your space.

Bird of Paradise

One of the most popular large indoor plants that thrive in low light is the Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae). This tree-like plant, also known as the “elephant’s ear,” is native to South Africa and features large, paddle-shaped leaves with vibrant orange and blue flowers.

Bird of Paradise plants can grow up to 5 feet tall and are excellent for adding a statement piece of greenery to any room. They are commonly used as a focal point in a corner or as a tall plant near a window.

Although Bird of Paradise plants love bright light, they can still thrive in low light conditions. They may not flower as frequently or grow as large as in brighter areas, but they will still add a touch of tropical beauty to your indoor space.

When it comes to caring for Bird of Paradise plants, there are a few things to keep in mind. They prefer well-draining soil and should be watered regularly, but make sure the soil has dried out slightly before watering again. They also appreciate higher humidity levels, so misting the leaves occasionally can help create a more favorable environment for them to thrive.

Bird of Paradise plants are relatively easy to care for and can be a great choice for beginner plant parents. They are known for their resilience and can tolerate some neglect. However, if you want your Bird of Paradise to truly thrive, it’s best to provide them with bright, indirect light and the proper care they require.

In addition to the common Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae), there are other species in the Strelitzia genus that can also be grown indoors. These include Strelitzia caudata, commonly known as the “Natal wild banana,” and Strelitzia juncea, also known as the “narrow-leaved Bird of Paradise.” Each species has its own unique characteristics and care requirements, so be sure to research and choose the one that fits your indoor gardening needs.

In conclusion, the Bird of Paradise is a popular choice for indoor greenery. Its large size, vibrant flowers, and tropical appearance make it a standout plant in any space. With the right care, this plant can thrive in low light conditions and liven up any room. So, if you’re looking for a tall and exotic plant to add life to your indoor space, consider the Bird of Paradise.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.