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Plants that Grow without Sunlight | 17 Best Plants to Grow Indoors

There are plants that grow without sunlight, they need indirect exposure, some even thrive in fluorescent light and here in this article, we’ve listed 17 best plants to grow indoors.

The obvious thing that everyone knows is the fact that plants need sunlight to grow. They can’t grow or develop properly without the right amount of sunlight.

So what would you do if you have windows in your home or office that are small or directed north or if you want to grow plants in your living room, dining room or bathroom? Luckily there are plants that grow without sunlight (requires bright indirect light) and you can grow them indoors.

When you are looking for such plants choose ones that are known for their ability to grow in indirect sunlight. They are ideal shade-loving plants, naturally growing in the indirect sun. These plants adapt well to the smaller amount of light and thrive normally. To make your searching easier we’ve listed 17 best plants to grow indoors.


1. Dracaena

Dracaena is a beautiful houseplant that you can grow at home. There are about 50 species of it. It’s really easy to grow a plant.

Occasional pruning and regular watering are important for dracaena. Keep the plant away from direct sun and avoid overwatering.

2. BromeliadsBromeliads_mini

Bromeliad is a perfect plant to grow indoors, most of the varieties of this plant thrive easily in a container in shade. Indeed, it is a tropical plant but you can grow it anywhere, indoors. It can even grow in luminescent light.

3. Maidenhair Fern

Adiantum raddianum

When it comes to ferns that are popular, maidenhair fern is one you should consider. The dark and glossy leafstalk resembles human hair and it looks great.

Be sure to water frequently (avoid overwatering) and keep this houseplant in indirect sun.


4. Parlor Palmparlor-palm_mini

Most popular indoor palm variety, it’s an excellent houseplant for almost any situation, it grows even in those dim corners where nothing else will grow. It requires only minimal care and moderate light. It produces clusters of tiny yellow flowers in spring, however, they don’t appear in low light conditions.

Water only when the soil is dry otherwise you’ll kill your plant.

5. Umbrella papyrus (Palm)cyperus-alternifolius_mini

Umbrella palm is an evergreen ornamental plant, best grown indoors or in shady and a boggy spot in the garden. Many houseplant enthusiasts find this plant easy enough to grow and maintain.

It requires constantly moist substrate. You can place the umbrella palm pot over the tray filled with water.


6. Mother-in-law’s Tongue (Snake Plant)

Mother-in-law’s tongue is a low maintenance plant also called a snake plant. It’s a very durable and popular houseplant. Its ability to tolerate darkness is amazing. We love it!


7. Creeping Fig 

variegated creeping fig_mini

It’s a slow-growing creeper with small, leathery dark green foliage. Vigorous-growing, clinging, dense branches adhere to any surface and look enchanting.

Be careful not to overwater creeping fig. Let the soil dry out before watering spells.


8. Philodendron


Philodendron easily adapts to low-light conditions. They come in both vine and shrub varieties.

Soil must be constantly moist but not wet. It’s best if the soil dries out slightly between watering sessions.

9. Calathea (Peacock Plant)peacock plant_mini

One of the most beautiful foliage plants you should grow in your home. It grows well in light shade but the plant is demanding, it has specific minimum temperature of 55 F (13 C) requirement that should be maintained.

It prefers frequent watering (watering should be done according to the light condition and temperature) and slightly moist soil.

10. Maranta Leuconeura (Prayer Plant)maranta-leuconeura_mini

Calatheas are tropical plant and a bit to grow in cooler climates and so the prayer plant but it is one alternative you can go for, it is comparatively easy to grow plant than calathea. It grows well in moderate light without direct access to the sun. If the plant is kept in too much light the leaves begin to curl and wither.

Watch out for pests especially spider mites.


11. Sword fernTuberous_sword_fern_mini

Sword fern can become a beautiful evergreen houseplant. Like other houseplants don’t place this in direct sunlight.

It grows well in acidic soil. Keep the soil lightly moist but well draining. It loves humid surroundings, so do regular misting to maintain the humidity levels.

12. PeperomiaPeperomia_puteolata_2

Peperomia is small striking adorable houseplant that grows up to only 6 inches tall. Due to its thick foliage, it is often considered as succulent, which is not true.

Peperomia likes slightly moist soil and humidity but watering should be reduced in winter. Spraying the plant’s leaves is helpful in maintaining the humidity level.

13. Devil’s Ivy (Golden Pothos/Money Plant)Devils Ivy-Golden Pothos_mini

Commonly known as money plant in South East Asia, it’s widely grown as a houseplant in Asian countries. This extremely low maintenance vine grows without direct sunlight.

Excellent climber, you can grow it even in bathroom, kitchen or living room. It is known for its ability to clean the Carbon Monoxide from the air.

14. Carex Morrowii (Japanese Sedge)

Carex morrowii Variegata

Japanese sedge is a shade-loving ornamental grass, it grows well indoors.

15. Spider plant


Its graceful green foliage striped with cream color looks beautiful in hanging baskets and pots, it can be kept on windowsills or near the entrance of home as it likes indirect sunlight. Also, the plant is an air purifying plant.

Direct sunlight often causes burning of leaves.

16. Peace Lily

If you often forget to water your houseplants, acquire a peace lily, it is forgiving. Incredibly easy to grow, peace lily flourishes in shady locations. It also cleans up the air.

17. Silver Queen (Aglaonema)Aglaonema Silver_Queen_mini

Silver queen is a very beautiful plant. It’s one of the most durable houseplants that thrive in low light, it’s an ideal plant for beginners too. However, the plant is extremely cold sensitive.


Additional Tips

  • Don’t overwater your houseplants. Even if the indoor plant requires moist soil, be careful with watering.
  • Avoid keeping the plant waterlogged all the time and reduce watering in winter.
  • Fertilize your houseplants with all-purpose liquid fertilizer once a month during the growing season, which is summer.
  • Prune your plants regularly to maintain their desired shape and size.
  • Clean the dust adhere on the surface of leaves.
  • Look out for pests, especially spider mites can be a major problem.

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