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21 plants that survive and thrive in low light (so even the darkest room in your house can be green)



Improving home interiors has become top of our list of priorities this past year (and a bit), and plants have played a large part in those developments. They’re the one simple home addition that will make a significant difference to not only your aesthetic but also your mental health. While securing the best makeup organisers and purchasing new rugs has played a pivotal part of our renovations, we would argue that becoming a plant mum has been most memorable.

The thing is, a lot of plants require tons of light to thrive in and while we’d like to say we live in penthouse apartments with window walls and ceiling spotlights…we don’t. The truth of it is, most of us will only have one or two windows in our home that have a constant source of sunlight so finding plants that can survive in darker locations is of top importance. You might be under the impression that you need a green thumb to keep your indoor plants and hanging plants alive, when actually it might just be a case of learning about their environmental preferences.

Unsurprisingly, not all plants are created equal which makes your job when it comes to looking after them a lot more complicated. Your cacti will require much less water than your succulent might, for example, and your horsehead philodendron won’t need as much sun as your aloe vera will. But let’s be clear: low light doesn’t mean no light, we recommend you brush up on your knowledge and enhance that green thumb.

There are plenty of indoor plants that are easy to care for and more forgiving and tolerant when it comes to low-light areas – some even prefer darker spaces. If you’re struggling to find low-maintenance greenery then you’re in luck…

From monstera (or Swiss cheese) and sansevieria metallica plants, to pachira money trees and pink polka dot plants (yes you heard right) – we’ve compiled a list of the very best low-light plants on the market. We promise they won’t take up any more room on your windowsill and they don’t require constant sun (though, we can’t blame the ones that do), so if you can’t look after these we don’t know what to suggest.

For more from GLAMOUR UK’s Associate Commerce Writer Georgia Trodd, follow her on Instagram @georgiatrodd.





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