Low light plants

There are many plants that have low light requirements that you can grow in your home or office.

The Chinese Evergreen Aglaonema modestum is a popular plant that has seen renewed interest in the past couple of years due to introduction of improved hybrids. An old standard, 'Silver Queen' has been popular for years. One of the problems with this plant is that it doesn't like cooler temperatures. Newer varieties such as 'Jewel of India' or 'Emerald Star' have been bred to be more tolerant of cold temperatures. Aglaonema do best when kept around 75 degrees and watered sparingly.

Cast-iron plants Aspidistra elatior are another popular indoor plant. As its name implies, this is one tough plant. It will survive just about any conditions indoors as long as the temperature is above 30 degrees. The foliage is dark green leaves similar to corn plants and can grow to 24 inches tall.

The Parlor Palm Chamaedorea elegans are the classic palms that were a mainstay of indoor plantings in Victorian parlors. The stems are thin and the leaves are feathered and graceful. They will spread out, so they can be useful in large areas. They should be kept above 60 degrees and will also tolerate indoor lighting.

If you are looking for an indoor plant that practically takes care of itself, then the Golden Pothos Epipremnum aureum is your answer. This versatile plant can be grown in hanging baskets or left to trail from pots. It has a vine like habit and will climb if given support.

The Swiss Cheese plant or Windowleaf, Monstera deliciosa is a popular houseplant with large glossy leaves that have deep splits and are perforated with oblong holes. It is closely related to philodendrons, and is sometimes called split-leaf or cut-leaf philodendron because it was formerly classified as a member of the philodendron family.

The Snake Plant or mother-in-law's tongue Sansevieria trifasciata has stiff sword-shaped leaves that can grow to 4 feet. It does well in pots, has low moisture requirements and grows well in low light conditions.

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