For those who want to have some great plant life around their home or building’s interior, but have limited light or care time available, there are still a number of great options out there. Several indoor plants do just fine in low-light conditions, and knowing some of your top candidates may help you arrange your indoor plant setup optimally.

At Millcreek Gardens, we’re happy to provide the top plant nursery you’ll find in SLC, including our comprehensive plant finder that helps you identify any kind of product you’re looking for. In this two-part blog series, we’ll discuss some of the best low-light plants to consider for indoor settings.

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Low Light Doesn’t Mean No Light

Firstly, before we get to some of the specific plants you should consider, it’s important to note that low-light indoor plants do best in bright and indirect light. Furthermore, they don’t want to be completely deprived of sunlight, so while they may not need as much as other plants, there still needs to be some available.

Be sure that for any of the plants we’re about to go over, you’ve identified a spot in your home or office that gets some light. You can always test the area with a meter to make sure it’s within or just below the ideal spectrum of 200-300 foot candles.

Now that we know low-light doesn’t mean no light, let’s take a look at some of our top picks for plants that you can use indoors within this category.

Snake Plant

Known in some circles as the mother-in-law tongue, this plant is a great choice for those who want something that doesn’t quite need daily maintenance and will thrive in the right environment. This is a low-light houseplant that has stiff leaves with gray, silver or gold edges, and can reach two to four feet tall in a pot. The snake plant prefers indirect sunlight, as well as a fertile, moist soil and regular waterings.

ZZ Plant

For those who are short on both light and time, the ZZ plant is an excellent choice. These plants are known for their low-maintenance needs, and they take even less care than the snake plant. This one grows in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, with glossy green leaves that can reach up to three feet tall when planted in a pot. They do best under indirect light and should be watered every once in a while.

Devil’s Ivy

Known also as the pothos plant, this is a high-foliage option that will work in a wide variety of settings. The leaves are heart-shaped and grow up to 18 inches long, coming in green, yellow or white varieties. They do best with indirect light exposure, and they don’t require much watering –just enough to keep them from drying out completely.

These are just a few of the many low-light indoor plants that you can consider for your home or office. Be sure to keep in mind the lighting preferences and other needs of each plant before making any final decisions, as this is key to ensuring they thrive under care. At Millcreek Gardens, we’re here to help you make those choices with the best selections around –so be sure to contact us with any questions you may have!