Low Light Houseplant - Knowledgebase Question

Orlando, FL
Question by drmacdon
January 30, 1998
Are there any house plants that will grow in a low light situation? The area in my home has light coming through doubleglass sliding doors, but where I want to place the plant is 8 feet away so it doesn't get much light.


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Answer from NGA
January 30, 1998

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We have a Diffenbackia (dumbcane) and an Aglonema (Chinese evergreen) growing in very low light conditions in our family room. I believe, however that they would do better with a little more light. If your plant will be 8 feet from glass doors, with daylight coming through, that should be enough for the following plants. Just be sure that you don't overwater any plant growing in a low-light situation.

Dwarf Mountain Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)
Japanese Pittosporum (Pittosporum Tobira)
Lady-Slipper (Paphiopedilum x Maudiae)
Rusty Fig (Ficus rubiginosa)
Fiddle-leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata)
India rubber tree (Ficus elastica 'Decora')
Dragon Tree Dracaena (Dracaena marginata)
and other types of Dracaenas like Corn Plants.

Hanging plants include Devil's Ivy (pothos) and philodendron.

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