The Q&A Archives: Low-Light Houseplants

Question: Are there flowering plants and regular plants for low light areas? I have a family room with east and west windows but these plants will be in the north window.

Answer: Few plants will actual flourish is poorly lit areas and flowering plants require bright light, so you pose a difficult situation. One suggestion might be to grow a variety of plants and move them from one location to another so that you have color and foliage in all areas, but not the same plants in the same places all the time. Most plants will tolerate 2-3 weeks in a poorly lit location without too much harm. By rotating the plants, they will get the environment they require, and still provide you with color in your northern-exposure site.

Low-light foliage plants include Aspidistra, Philodendron scandens, Sansevieria, Dracaena fragrans, Dracaena marginata, Fatshedera, Fatsia, Maranta and Tolmiea. Flowering plants that will tolerate short periods of time in low-light include Chrysanthemum, Impatiens, Azalea, Begonia, Cyclamen and Fuchsia.

The list can expand if you choose to provide artificial lighting such spotlights with gro-lite bulbs.

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