One of the biggest mistakes that first-time plant owners make is not giving their plants the proper amount of light. Many mistakenly believe that every plant needs sunlight 24/7. This is far from the truth. Every plant has its own needs, and while some plants need more light than others, there are also ones that need less light than others. Those that require low light are great options for indoor plants, as many homes and apartments do not get as much light in as we would like. Here are a few options you can choose from if you’re looking to decorate your low light home with flowers.
African violets are beautiful and striking flowers. You would think such a brightly colored flower would need a lot of sunlight, but it’s quite the opposite. They prefer indirect light and warmer conditions, and they grow best if you let the surface of their soil dry out before watering again.
Peace lilies are another type of flower that requires only a bit of light. They make excellent houseplants for your home or office as not only do they brighten up every room they’re in, they also clean the air. If they’re placed in more light, they produce white spathes and flowers, but they should always be kept in indirect light.
There are many different types of orchids, and each type require different amounts of light. However, the Phalenopsis, Oncidium, and Paphiopedilum orchids are among the few that can tolerate a low light environment. You can place these three types of orchids in indirect light, or a shaded southern- or eastern-facing window.
Also known as “mother-in-law’s tongue,” snake plants require low-maintenance and low amounts of light. They could even survive in complete darkness if they had to, making them an incredibly sturdy plant to care for. Place them anywhere in your home, just keep in mind that since they’re a desert plant, they prefer drier conditions.
ZZ plants are another type of desert plant that love dry environments and low light conditions. They’re also, like snake plants, extremely low maintenance, making them the perfect plant for first-time plant owners.
Similar to African violets, begonias can add a flash of color to an otherwise dark and dreary room. They prefer the shade, although they can handle a bit more sun that other types of low light flowers. To help them thrive, keep their soil moist with light fertilization.
Pothos, or devil’s ivy, is the type of plant that will continue to grow and grow. They may become a bit overwhelming indoors, so be sure to prune them regularly to keep their leaves under control. Hang them up in a low light area of your home for them to truly flourish.
This flower may be named after Christmas, but it can be a perfect addition to your home during any time of the year. Its bright red flowers require at least 12 hours of darkness to bloom, which is why they make such a good low light plant to place in your home. Expect your Christmas cacti to bloom in the wintertime when there’s little sun.
For more information on low light flowers, contact Mills Florist today at 650-326-3443.