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Indoor Plants with Low Sunlight – Design Hacks for Indoor Plants

Keeping indoor plants in your home, is a really good idea to stay close to nature. Isn’t it ? And in the present scenario, where the pollution level is at its peak, it becomes all the more important to keep plants at our home. They add greenery and interact with your body and mind, enhancing your quality of life. Plants also release moisture, keeping respiratory diseases at bay. Plants purify the air by absorbing organic compounds such as formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. All these gases are released from common household items such as paints rugs etc. Having plants in your study improves productivity and sharpens focus.

We all know that plants need sufficient amount of sunlight to grow and survive. So one must make sure that plants are  placed at places where they get sufficient amount of sunlight . But what would you do if you have windows in your home or office that are small or directed north or if you want to grow plants in your living room, dining room or bathroom ? Well ,there are plants which can be grown without sunlight too . These low-maintenance plants are tailor-made to suit your busy lives as they can thrive in indirect sunlight and don’t need regular pruning or watering. So, decorate just about any corner of the home – hallways, basements, balconies, and windows that don’t get any sun, without worry.


When you are looking for such plants choose ones that are known for their ability to grow in indirect sunlight. They are ideal shade-loving plants, naturally growing in the indirect sun. These plants adapt well to the smaller amount of light and thrive normally.

Here are some plants which can be grown indoors, not requiring much of sunlight -

1. Dracaena

Dracaena is a beautiful houseplant that you can grow at home. There are about 50 species of it. It’s really easy to grow plant.

Occasional pruning and regular watering are important for dracaena. Keep the plant away from direct sun and avoid overwatering.

2. Maidenhair Fern

The dark and glossy leafstalk resembles human hair and it looks great.

Be sure to water frequently (avoid overwatering) and keep this houseplant in indirect sun.

3. Parlor Palm

Most popular indoor palm variety, it’s an excellent houseplant for almost any situation, it grows even in those dim corners where nothing else will grow. It requires only minimal care and moderate light.Water only when soil is dry otherwise you’ll kill your plant.

4.Snake Plant


It is a low maintenance plant. It’s a very durable and popular houseplant. Its ability to tolerate darkness is amazing.


5. Philodendron


Philodendron easily adapt to low-light conditions. They come in both vine and shrub varieties.Soil must be constantly moist but not wet. It’s best if the soil dries out slightly between watering sessions.

6. Sword fern

Sword fern can become a beautiful evergreen houseplant. Like other houseplants don’t place this in direct sunlight.

It grows well in acidic soil. Keep the soil lightly moist but well draining. It loves humid surroundings, so do regular misting to maintain the humidity levels.

7. Spider plant

Its graceful green foliage striped with cream color looks beautiful in hanging baskets and pots, it can be kept on windowsills or near the entrance of home as it likes indirect sunlight. Also, the plant is an air purifying plant.

8. Peace Lily-

Incredibly easy to grow, peace lily flourishes in shady locations. It also cleans up the air.

9. Lucky Bamboo


Although it is not a bamboo plant, the lucky bamboo instantly captures hearts with its mini, bonsai-like proportions. They are especially popular in Zen and minimalist settings and are commonly sold in two ways – potted in soil or suspended in water.According to Feng Shui, it attracts auspicious energy, depending on the number of stalks clumped together.As this plant can grow without sunlight and is available in various sizes, you can adorn any corner of your home with it. Be sure to water it periodically when the soil feels dry to touch.



Give it some support and watch it climb elegantly or plant it in hanging pots and admire its beautiful hanging tendrils. The Pothos also known as Devil’s Ivy is a tough plant that you can even use to adorn your bathroom walls.

This indoor plant can easily grow without sunlight and can also purify the air of carbon monoxide.

Trim the vines and water periodically to keep the pothos looking full and luscious.


Some useful tips for growing plant indoors

•             Don’t overwater your houseplants. Even if the indoor plant requires moist soil, be careful with watering.

•             Avoid keeping the plant waterlogged all the time and reduce watering in winter.

•             Prune your plants regularly to maintain their desired shape and size.

•             Clean the dust adhere on the surface of leaves.

•             It is recommended to use well-drain fertile or potting mix soil for indoor plants.

•             Look out for insects, Use natural insecticides to discourage them from spoilage.

•             Fertilize your plants with balanced liquid fertilizers once in a month during its growing season.

•             The pot or container you use to sow houseplant should contain holes at the bottom for proper drainage.


Q)Can plants grow without sunlight ?

The sun provides energy to the plants in the form of photons. So if you want to grow a plant without sunlight,  you'll have to find a source of photons for the plant. A torch, a light bulb or any other artificial light also emits energy in the form of photons.

But plants have photoreceptors that absorb only specific wavelengths of light. That is why the artificial light we use, should be the perfect balance of wavelength needed by the plant.

Here, the use of grow light comes into play. Grow lights emit light of wavelength appropriate for photosynthesis. Different grow lights are suitable for different types of plants. The light should be placed as close to the plant as possible, without burning the leaves.Moreover , other plants which do not need sunlight have been mentioned above and can be used as indoor plants .



Plants get too much of energy that comes from the sunlight. When plants are exposed to extreme hot climatic conditions then there may be chances of  yellow leaves, leaf drooping and wilting.  Sometimes the baby plants may even die due to too much of sunlight as they cannot produce cholorophyll pigment as a result it looses color.


Generally, plants absorb water through root system. If the soil is too wet (over watering) for a long time then it makes difficult for the roots to take breathe. The plant growth may also diminishes and die. So water the plant in require amounts (regularly) depending upon season, soil type and location.





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