The Q&A Archives: Seeking hanging indoor plants that require very low light

Question: I live in a small and dark apartment in NYC. I would like to purchase houseplants that require very little light. Can you recommend any?

Also, they need to hang from the wall or ceiling because I have cats that will eat them.

Are there plant lights that you can purchase? Can you recommend any?

Thank you.

Answer: Low-light plants are few - Pothos and Silver King (Aglaonema commutatum), but if you add supplemental light, you can grow Asparagus Fern, Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum cv. Variegatum), Grape Ivy (Cissus rhombifolia), Ivy, Boston Fern, Aluminum Plant (Pilea cadierei), Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus australis), Inch Plant (Tradescantia fluminensis) and Wandering Jew (Zebrina pendula) to your collection. All of these will make fabulous hanging basket plants. When you're hanging your plants, remember that the air will be dry and warm up near the ceiling so you'll want to check their water needs frequently and mist them to increase humidity so they'll remain lush and green. Supplemental lights include special grow lights that come in either a bank of lights or single spotlights. You'll need about 100 to 150 foot candles of light (check the lighting package for output) and you'll want to keep the lights on for a minimum of 12 hours a day to make your plants thrive.

Best wishes with your indoor plants!

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