After writing my post about how houseplants can help with the winter blues, I’ve been looking at our budget trying to figure out how to get as many houseplants into our home as possible.
You see, we both work from home as freelancers in the media industry, so having a nice setting around us is ideal for creativity. But…and it’s a big but…because we’re both freelancers, we don’t exactly have what I’d call financial security, and I’m a perpetual worrier, so money is constantly something I’m trying to conserve.
I hate spending. Tie it back to my trailer park roots or watching my dad go bankrupt twice. Tie it to job market instability or anxiety or depression or what have you. What it all comes down to is I overthink pretty much every purchase I make in attempt to avoid wasteful spending and buyer’s remorse.
So I took a look around our two storey home planning the places where plants would be a good fit. I realized I want them basically everywhere. You know those perfect-looking jungle apartments on Instagram? Yeah, that’s the vision in my heart, but it’s not practical right now at all. Plus, most of my empty areas begging for life are somewhat shaded and certainly don’t get direct light…which is a rather long-winded way of getting to my point.
I did a little digging and found the houseplants most likely to succeed in low light areas. Here’s what I found.
Low to moderate light indoor plants
I’ve always had a soft spot for ivy plants because when they thrive, their thin branches spread out and can creep up walls, around bookcases, and hang down from shelves. They’re also one of the most affordable houseplants and are extremely low-maintenance—all while providing natural air purification.
Tip for success: Make sure to let the soil dry out between waterings.
Not only does this plant tolerate low light environments, you can basically neglect it for weeks on end without worry. It’s ideal for people who travel, who are so busy they’re forgetful, and people with chronic illnesses who don’t have much energy to care for plants.
The snake plant, like the ivy plant, is a powerhouse air purifier. According to NASA’s clean air study, it can remove common chemicals like formaldehyde and ammonia from the air.
Tip for success: Go easy with the watering. It’s better to underwater than overwater.
Like the ivy plant, this air-purifying beauty will trail all along your walls or hang down over shelves, desks, and tables. It also comes in a variety of colours, but note that the vibrancy will decrease in lower light environments. Over time, the colour variations that peak in brighter light conditions will revert to solid green. Nonetheless, these guys can survive without much of anything.
Tip for success: Water every 7-10 days, making sure not to overdo it.
Low to medium light indoor plants
This gem goes beyond basic green and adds a pop of colour to your low light environment. It’s great to have around during those dull winter months where everything looks grey and gloomy. You can find these flowers in red, pink, or white.
Tip for success: Keep the soil moist.
Ferns are a personal favourite, especially the feathery ones. They’re a gorgeous addition to any space and are great for novice indoors gardeners because of their hardiness. While they’re thrive in a variety of environments, keep in mind these gems love humidity and warmth.
Tip for success: Keep the soil moist and humidity high.
Lucky bamboo plant
Lucky bamboos are good in bathrooms, bedrooms, offices, and basements alike. They can grow in water so there’s no fussing with soil. Just change out the water once a week and that’s it.
Tip for success: Use filtered water.