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Large Indoor Plants That Thrive in Low Light

Y’all know that I’m absolutely obsessed with having lots (and I do mean lots) of plants in my home. Even better are large plants that don’t need tons of light. I know, I don’t have much light in certain corners of my home. So, I rounded up a d definitive guide for the best large indoor plants low light won’t kill. No one likes a lifeless plant after all.

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My all-time favorite low-light indoor plant is the Ficus Audrey

Whether you’re looking for something low maintenance, high maintenance, or simply don’t have a preference, you’ll surely find your next plant baby to make the newest addition to your home Ready to get started? Then let’s begin!

Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)

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Indoor Size1 – 3 ft. (height and width)
Care LevelLow
LightPartial sun, full sun
Temperature70+ °F
Humidity60 – 70%

Slow growing, easy to care for, and at home that can handle full sun or mostly shade, the Chinese Evergreen is a great option for first-time plant parents. It doesn’t require a lot of water and makes it very easy for you to know whether or not it needs a drink.

Overall, this plant is very easy to care for, but there are a few things to watch out for. Pests are possible but easily treated with insecticide. Avoid overwatering this plant and keep it away from pets (as the plant is toxic to animals). 

Follow these simple steps & your new potted pal should flourish!

Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans)

best large indoor plants low light
Indoor SizeUp to 6 ft. tall
Care LevelLow
LightPartial sun
Temperature60 – 75°F
Humidity40 – 50%

Second on our list of the best large indoor plants low light won’t kill is a slow-growing African evergreen tree known as the Corn Plant. Easily grown in a terracotta pot, this plant requires minimal care as long as the growing conditions are right.

Fortunately, this plant doesn’t require a very high humidity level but you may still want to place a humidifier nearby the plant (if your home’s humidity is below 40%). You can place both near a window, which should provide adequate lighting. Avoid direct sunlight!

Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)

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Indoor SizeUp to 6 ft. tall, up to 4 ft. wide
Care LevelLow
LightPartial sun, shade
Temperature60 – 80°F
Humidity50+%

As long as you have a few pretty pots and a set of pruning shears on-hand, taking care of this plant should be a breeze! Lady Palms are elegant plants that require minimal pruning and biennial repotting.

Originally from China, these plants grow slowly and are tolerant to lower-lighting conditions, making them excellent indoor options for the average homeowner. In fact, they don’t like direct sunlight, so keeping yours near—but not directly in front of—a window will be best.

Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)

Parlor Palm best large indoor plants low light
Indoor Size2 – 6 ft. tall, 2 – 3 ft wide
Care LevelLow
LightBright, indirect light
Temperature65 – 80 °F
Humidity40+%

Want your own palm tree but don’t live in a tropical climate? Fear not—you can simply pick up a Parlor Palm! These tiny trees are actually palm trees. Of course, as indoor trees, they don’t grow anywhere near as large as their outdoor cousins. Generally, you can expect 6 ft. or less.

Although they’re big plants, it’s actually easy to take care of them. Place your Parlor Palm out of direct sunlight and keep a close eye on the moisture levels of the soil, as overwatering this plant can easily harm it. It will do just fine in low light. What’s not to love?

When in doubt, less is more!

Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)

Rubber plant best large indoor plants low light
Indoor Size4 – 10 ft. tall
Care LevelMedium
LightPartial shade
Temperature60 – 75 °F
Humidity45 – 50%

I’m secretly obsessed with these beauties. Popular with the masses, the Rubber Plant is a unique-looking plant with large, waxy leaves. Being tropical, it won’t survive very long in extremely dark rooms; it doesn’t need a ton of light but does require indirect light from a window if you want it to flourish for the long term.

Although they can grow up to ten feet tall indoors and will eventually require a dowel for support, these plants grow much larger in the wild (up to 100 ft!). Fortunately, you can simply prune your plant once it reaches your desired height to keep it under control.

Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata)

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Indoor Size6 inches to 8 ft. tall
Care LevelLow
LightShade, partial sun
Temperature70 – 90°F
Humidity30 – 50%

The Snake Plant is one of the best large indoor plants low light simply doesn’t stand a chance against it! Drought-resistant, able to adapt to most lighting conditions, and low-maintenance, the plant is an excellent option for a first-time plant owner. Here are my pro tips for how to take care of a snake plant.

You can basically place it anywhere and watch it thrive! The only downside of this plant is that it’s toxic to both dogs and cats, which could pose an issue if your home has furry friends. Actually, many household plants are toxic to pets, so that’s always something you want to watch out for.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

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Indoor Size1 – 2 ft. (height and width)
Care LevelLow
LightPartial sun, shade
Temperature70 – 90°F
Humidity50 – 60%

The Chlorophytum comosum—more often referred to by its common name “Spider Plant”—is one of the most popular houseplants around. Unlike many other indoor options, this plant will actually bloom indoors, separating it from many other options on this list of the best large indoor plants low light won’t kill.

It also doesn’t grow very large and is often placed in hanging pots, making it perfect for those with limited space. Simply hang your plant near a window (out of direct sunlight), remember to water it once a week, and enjoy the flora!

Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera adansonii)

Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera adansonii)
Indoor Size3 – 8 ft. tall, 1 – 3 ft. wide
Care LevelLow
LightPartial sun
Temperature60 – 85°F
Humidity50+%

Accurately named, the Swiss Cheese Plant is a type of Monstera plant that has dark green leaves with holes that look suspiciously like the holes in Swiss Cheese! 

Despite being fast-growing and more than happy to climb up any available surface, the Swiss Cheese Plant is relatively easy to contain within a pot. If required, you may need to prune it a bit, but that’s about it. Overall, this is a very easy plant to take care of.

Like other Monstera plants, the Swiss Cheese Plant is poisonous to pets, so keep it out of the reach of your four-legged friends to ensure a happy home.

If you’d like your own Monstera plant but don’t have time in your schedule to care for you, consider picking up this faux potted Monstera Deliciosa instead!

Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)

Weeping Gfig
Indoor Size3 – 6 ft. tall
Care LevelLow
LightFiltered sun, bright sun
Temperature75 – 85°F
Humidity40+%

These beautiful trees are unique for their teardrop leaves and ease of care. They are toxic to both pets and humans so keep that in mind. However, don’t let that deter you.

Thriving in filtered light, this tree is capable of growing up to 6 ft. tall indoors. It doesn’t take well to being moved so try to place it in a good spot once you get it. Even if you’re moving the tree from a dark corner to a brighter one, the Weeping Fig likely won’t appreciate the effort. Keep it in a low-light area and let it thrive.

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

Zz Plant
Indoor Size2 – 4 ft. (height and width)
Care LevelLow
LightPartial sun
Temperature60 – 75°F
Humidity40 – 50%

Last on our list of best large indoor plants low light won’t kill is the ZZ Plant, a slow-growing, low-maintenance plant that adapts to most lighting conditions. 

While they won’t necessarily thrive in a situation without much light, they can certainly manage minimal lighting. However, bright-but-indirect light is best for this plant.

Alongside their resistance to various lighting situations, they’re also resistant to drought! You’ll only need to water your plant once every two weeks or so, which is great if you’re the forgetful type.

Commonly asked questions about the best large indoor plants low light homes are good for.

What is the easiest large plant to grow indoors?

While all of the tall indoor plants listed above are large plants that can be easily grown indoors, I think the Snake Plant would be my first pick when it comes to beginner-friendly options. These tall plants can tolerate low light situations, require minimal maintenance, and will look amazing when placed near your favorite artwork & paintings!

What is the best indoor plant for low light?

The Peace Lily is another great indoor option. Although they can grow up to four feet (or more) indoors, smaller plants of 16 inches or less are much more common. Requiring minimal light and being relatively small, these low-light houseplants will look right at home when placed on your nightstand!

Can plants grow in a room without windows?

Yes, it’s definitely possible to grow plants in a room without windows. Many plants can survive low-light conditions! However, no plant is going to survive a complete absence of light. Fortunately, you can use grow lights for rooms that lack any natural light. Alternatively (and if space allows), you could also set up a small greenhouse outside. Here’s what you need to know to get started on a small greenhouse on your own.

Why is it not good to have plants in your room?

Although most people will tell you that having plants in your room will improve the air quality, there are also people who say you shouldn’t. Why? Well, the argument is that plants release CO2 at night so they shouldn’t be left indoors.

While there is some truth to this statement—in the sense that plants do release CO2—the fact of the matter is that plants simply don’t produce enough CO2 for it to matter. Whereas a Ficus plant can increase the C02 PPM (parts per million) in a room by 351 PPM overnight, simply exhaling will increase it by about 35,000 PPM. 

How do you keep indoor plants alive without sunlight?

The best large indoor plants low light won’t kill can survive for a long time in low light conditions. Indirect sunlight is generally preferable to artificial light, but—if needed—you can use fluorescent lights to provide the light your plants need to survive.

Plants without any light at all will die between 4 to 20 days, though exactly how long they take to die will depend on the type of plant.

Are You Ready to Add Some Greenery?

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As you can see, you have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to choosing the best large indoor plants low light won’t kill (read about some of my other favorite houseplants here)! 

Since every option I’ve included above is easy to care for, you can be fairly confident that the new addition to your living room, bedroom, or other room will survive and thrive for a while…. even if you have a black thumb! 

Pretty much any one of these plants will be an excellent choice for your home (another plant I recommend is the Ficus Audrey!). While you’re at it, I recommend picking up this indoor plant shelf, a few unique pots (like this one here), and considering growing your own kitchen herbs. in my opinion, you can never have too much greenery in your home!

Well, that pretty much sums up today’s post. Did you see any new plants you’d like to add to your home? If so, I’d love to hear about your new favorite flora in the comments below. Until next time!

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