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Greenisgood
Sep 8, 2021 3:10 PM CST
I've got an area in a low lit hallway that needs a plant. There's a pothos nearby that seems to be doing okay, but I'd like to add another variety of plant. I've read conflicting recommendations for Arrowhead plants and Peace Lillies-- some articles claim they need moderate light, other articles state low light. Any suggestions for plants that are definitely low light lovers?
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plantmanager
Sep 8, 2021 3:16 PM CST
The Sansevierieas will work perfectly there. There are tall ones, and short ones. It should be easy to find just the right plant for your area.
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CalPolygardener
Sep 8, 2021 3:17 PM CST
None of them "love" low light. Some are better than others at surviving in low light situations. Some of the best are Sansevieria, Aglaonema, Dracaena, Peace Lily and Aspidistra.
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tarev
Sep 8, 2021 3:47 PM CST
ZZ plant -Zamiaculcas zamiifolia - is a good low light plant. But do practice longer watering intervals...it really hates being too damp wet, it will easily rot the rhizomes.

The other plant recommendations given to you already are all good indoor plants. But do remember to use containers with drain holes, and try your best not to overwater the plant. An indoor plant is only as good as the handling you give them. Have fun and good luck!
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Arico
Sep 8, 2021 5:30 PM CST
I'd recommed Zamioculcas or Sanseveria too. Easy care and low maintenance water wise; once every few weeks. Spatiphylum might do well (difficult to asess without a photo), but needs to be damp.
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Greenisgood
Sep 8, 2021 8:14 PM CST
Thank you all for your great suggestions!
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skylark
Sep 9, 2021 7:44 AM CST
Even sansi and zz will need to be rotated to grow otherwise they will just sit and slowly overtime decline. I assume hallway
Will have minimal light? Or is there light from the door or skylight? Is there a ceiling spotlight that you can keep on ?
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Greenisgood
Sep 9, 2021 9:02 AM CST
There is some light during part of the day. My pothos that is currently in this area is doing okay. I've found some fading, yellowing stems and leaves lately, so I'm not sure what's causing this, but I could rotate whatever other plant I use.
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tarev
Sep 9, 2021 1:47 PM CST
Greenisgood said:There is some light during part of the day. My pothos that is currently in this area is doing okay. I've found some fading, yellowing stems and leaves lately, so I'm not sure what's causing this, but I could rotate whatever other plant I use.


If it is older leaves that is normal. But at times it can also be watering issues either due to frequent watering or having way too moisture retentive media.

Just remember too that low light does not mean zero light, they are plants after all..got to do their photosynthesis too. The lesser light, then their need for water is not too much as well. More ambient light the more they will drink water for their growing needs.

So next to light requirement, be mindful of the container size, media mix used, and drainage..so roots gets good airflow as well at root zone, so it will not rot easily and allow plant to get moisture for the leaves and the rest of it.
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skylark
Sep 9, 2021 2:28 PM CST
For zz and sansi in low light you need to water very sparingly as they basically will just sit and the snugger they are in pot the better as they can rot . It would be best to rotate ev 2 weeks to give them a break , so it's easier when they are not heavy and not large.

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Humboldt
Sep 11, 2021 10:43 PM CST
My suggestions would be to go with the above recommended, but also consider rotation as mentioned, and/or supplemental lighting.

That will broaden what plants might work for you long term.

A few hours of good light in a temp spot per week can make a huge difference, split over a few times.

I drag my outdoor monsteras into the sun during the winter and they love it.

Also, LED plant-specific lights have gotten cheaper and cheaper, as well as smaller and better.
I've had great results from them at work with all kinds of begonias, plectranthus, crassula, peperomia, kalanchoe, pothos, maranta, sedum, scindapsus kind of stuff.

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