Many homes - especially apartments - don’t have enough windows to provide houseplants with the bright, direct light they may need. However, the experts at Bijan Tropicals are here to highlight some houseplants thrive in less than ideal light conditions.
Common names: Snake Plant, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
This plant is easy to care for, highly adaptable, and sturdy. Sansevierias have stiff, upright, sword-like leaves. Its architectural nature makes it a natural choice for modern and contemporary interior designs.
If you’re new to plant ownership or are simply looking for an easy-care houseplant, the Sansevieria is the plant for you. This hardy plant remains popular because of its adaptability to a wide range of growing conditions. It can withstand full sun and handle low light, and because the Sansevieria is native to the arid deserts of West Africa, it does not require much water, especially in the winter.
NASA research has shown that Sansevierias purifies and clean indoor areas by removing toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene. Since they produce oxygen mainly at night, Sansevierias make excellent bedroom companions.
Philodendron Cordatum Green
Common names: Philodendron Heartleaf, Sweetheart Vine
The Philodendron Heartleaf is a fast-growing, easy, vining plant. Its graceful, heart-shaped leaves are a dark and glossy green color but almost look transparent at times. Native to Africa and the Canary Islands, the Heartleaf can be grown as a trailer or climber. This full, trailing plant is perfect on top of bookshelves or in a plant hanger where its vines can spill over.
The Philodendron Heartleaf is incredibly forgiving and will tolerate all kinds of neglect including low light, poor soil, and inconsistent watering. This is a great first-time houseplant or gift for anyone who wants to enjoy the natural beauty of plants without a lot of maintenance.
Common names: Spring Snow Chinese Evergreen, Spring Snow Poison Dart Plant, Spring Snow Aglaonema
The Spring Snow Aglaonema is known for its distinctive green foliage with speckled white and yellow variegation. Because of their tolerance for both moist and dry conditions, and the fact that they will thrive in lower light, they are a perfect choice for spaces with less than ideal light conditions or for forgetful plant owners.
This species of Aglaonema is native to Indonesia and is perfectly suited for a modern living room or office, dim bedroom, or cozy study. The Spring Snow Aglaonema will even flourish in offices with very little or no natural light and adapt and do quite well under fluorescent lighting.