Houseplants forum: Any suggestion for plants?

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Adamdadz
Jan 14, 2018 2:25 AM CST
Hi!

I an looking for a plant that almost doesnt need light or just a bit and not much water. I was thinking about a snake plant (sanseveria)... - anything else? What do you guys think?

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purpleinopp
Jan 14, 2018 5:58 AM CST
I think you may have gotten the wrong impression about Sansevieria.
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kniphofia
Jan 14, 2018 6:15 AM CST
There are very few plants that would thrive in such situations. Where exactly are you planning to put your plant? I certainly wouldn't subject a Sansevieria to such conditions.
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Christine
Jan 14, 2018 7:52 AM CST
I just googled house plants for dark rooms and was amazed how many are listed, that is so wrong and sets up beginners for failure Angry

Adam, it's good that you joined the forum and started to do research before you invested your money. Have you considered a small terrarium? They are easy enough, thats what I started with many moons ago Rolling on the floor laughing

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WillC
Jan 14, 2018 11:02 AM CST
Christine is so right about the misinformation so readily available on the internet. Knowing the source of the information posted is essential. Someone once wrote that on the internet, no one knows you are a dog!

Even the lowest light plants require enough light so that you could comfortably read newsprint in that location all day long. That said, the easiest plant that meets your criteria is a ZZ Plant. It does not require much light and it thrives on neglect.
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Adamdadz
Jan 15, 2018 12:42 AM CST
Well i am happy i am talking to pros on the forum then!

So far so good.. my senseveria is behing a big plant in my bedroom, and i water it max once a month... It has an OK light but not too much... And it's doing great!

I checked and its hard to find a zz plant in montreal.. I will keep looking, this is a great suggestion and i think they look beautiful.

I have terrarium but with artificial plants in it... I didn't know plants could thrive in terrarium even in the absence of ventilation... Does it need light though? and can i put any plant in the glass container?
Very interesting...

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Christine
Jan 15, 2018 8:25 AM CST
Adam, check out the miniature forum, I think you'll find a lot of idea's and info there Thumbs up

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plantladylin
Jan 15, 2018 9:39 AM CST
Adam, if you are interested in growing in a terrarium, check out some of these articles and threads from some of our members:
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longk
Jan 15, 2018 11:16 AM CST
Houseplants that require low light levels generally come from the forest floor of tropical regions. As such they tend to require quite high levels of humidity and fairly stable temperatures. One plant that I have that thrives in deep shade is Gibasis pellucida. Very fast growing, here are two photos showing what was effectively five months growth in deep shade.................
Thumb of 2018-01-15/longk/715b50Gibasis pellucida by longk48, on Flickr

Thumb of 2018-01-15/longk/cca0afGibasis pellucida by longk48, on Flickr

It produces masses of these small blooms..............
Thumb of 2018-01-15/longk/36ed32Gibasis pellucida by longk48, on Flickr

Although it likes water you can get away with giving it a drink once every couple of weeks.
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plantobsessed
Jan 30, 2018 1:00 PM CST
you should consider a pothos plant. My secretary has one above her cubicle which gets very little natural light (if any) and is doing fantastic. I even took a clipping and I am propagating it (I already have a new leaf!). Also, the secretaries at my old office all had jade plants above their cubicles or on their desks and they did fantastic. I took a clipping from one and I've had it growing at home for over 2 years. It's beautiful and loves neglect.
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WillC
Jan 30, 2018 4:29 PM CST
Low light plants, such as Pothos, often thrive in offices where there are lots of overhead fluorescent lights. Unfortunately, that is not the lighting situation in most home environments.
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tarev
Jan 31, 2018 11:20 AM CST
Hello Adamdadz, low light plants still needs some light source like a north facing window or, you may have to augment with grow lights.

So far, I have found Aspidistra elatior and Clivia plants likes very low light and not too water needy either. But if you wish to make the Clivias bloom, it will need a cold dry spell in Fall and it will bloom in later winter with just a little light. Dracaena marginata is also a good low light plant, drought tolerant too. Pothos you can grow in water gel beads. Peace lilies also grows in low light. Sanseveria can thrive in low light, but be mindful of the temps, it hates feeling cold and wet. ZZ plant is also a good one to grow in low light conditions, very carefee. Bromeliads are lovely low light plants too, but some varieties need a bit higher humidity level. Or if you want to go soil less, you can try tillandsias, just hang anywhere and spray water or dunk it in water once in a while, just shake off excess water to protect the crown.

Bottom line, as plants, they still need some amount of light to do their photosynthesis, so got to position them in areas with some diffused light source.

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