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Queen creek, Arizona
Jun 6, 2020 11:49 AM CST
Hi! So I'm looking for some sort of plant to put next to my bedside table, the problem is I have a north facing window and even though I have the window fully open every day I don't get a ton of light in my room. Does anyone have any suggestions for plants that can do well in really low light?
Name: John
Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
Jun 6, 2020 2:26 PM CST
That's asking a lot of the plants but there are a few that might work.
Zamioculcus- ZZ plant
Sansevieria- Mother-in-laws tongue AKA greatest houseplant alive
Aspidistra- Cast iron plant (there's a reason it got that name)

Anything else would need supplemental light.

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Southwest U.S. (Zone 7a)
Jun 6, 2020 2:29 PM CST
A small, inexpensive clip-on style plant light with an automatic timer would greatly expand your choices! I've used them, worked well for me.
Name: Will Creed
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Jun 6, 2020 5:31 PM CST
How far away is the window from the bedside table? Distance matters a lot.

Other good low light plants include Pothos, Aglaonema, Parlor Palm, and Peace Lily.
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Name: Lee-Roy
Bilzen, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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Jun 6, 2020 5:51 PM CST
I agree with suggesting Zamioculcas, Aspidistra, Spatiphylum and Sanseveria. These can get quite big though depending on variety.

Also, how far is your bedside table from the window? Though they might do well in low light from a north facing window, too far is less than ideal too. As WillC said, distance matters.
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Jun 6, 2020 6:45 PM CST
I have a beautiful, airy Maidenhair Fern that seems to require very little light. I suggest Maidenhair Fern, and Aspidistra which will pretty much survive anything, but it is not as beautiful as Maidenhair Fern. Smiling
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