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Essential Care Tips for Low Light-Hanging Plants Indoor

April 18, 2024 | by Noor Nahar Tarin

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Hanging plants are beautiful and grand but require a limited counter or table space. There is also something magical about the way their vines seek the light. While many people like to hang plants in their windows, several factors make this task difficult.

Many low-light hanging plants indoor  will do well away from windows. They will continue to grow, although it may be a little slower than plants placed directly in a southwest-facing window. So, if you love plants but don’t have a lot of natural light in your home, read on to find out which low-light hanging plants you can use to create your indoor jungle.

Low Light Plants

We must consider a few things when deciding whether a room is a low-light or no-light space. Low-light situations are often considered places where natural light comes in from outside. Still, this light cannot illuminate the room and enable reading without lighting.

Often, these spaces face south (in the southern hemisphere), meaning the sun rarely reaches those windows. Or a large building or tree outside your window blocks the light. In such places, the humidity can be relatively high, and the temperature can be cold.

Hanging Plants that Do Not Need Sunlight

Are you looking for a great selection of indoor hanging plants that don’t need sun? Even if the sun doesn’t come through the window, there is a good selection of plants for these locations. Read on to discover my eight recommended plants for sunless windows!

Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium Nidus)

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Native to tropical regions such as Southeast Asia, Australia, East Africa, and Hawaii, to name a few, bird’s nest fern (Asplenium nidus) is commonly found on palm trees. They will thrive and make a wonderfully unique houseplant in the right indoor environment. It has a stout, erect rhizome (stem) that forms a “nest” bearing a rosette of simple leaves (fronds). The stem usually needs to be visible from above. Beneath the leaf nest is a large, spongy mass of roots.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

The spider plant can grow indoors in moderate to bright light year-round. It cools to moderate humidity and temperatures but can tolerate warm conditions. Use general-purpose potting soil or soilless medium. Plants grow and produce seedlings when tied loosely to a container.

English Ivy (Hedera Helix)

English ivy, an unregulated Class C noxious weed, is a perennial, woody, evergreen vine often found in urban and suburban forests in King County. The vine can reach 90 feet tall with trailing or climbing and 1-foot wide stems. They are an excellent ground cover, quick drying shade, stabilize the soil and cover difficult areas like year-round greenery.

Golden Pothos (Epiprenum aureum)

Plant pothos in a standard potting mix for houseplants or a well-draining aroid mix. Provide plenty of indirect light, ideally from east—or west-facing windows. Pothos is also called Devil’s Vine or Devil’s Ivy because it is almost impossible to kill and stays green even in the dark.

Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron Hieracium)

Philodendrons help remove formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, nitrogen oxides and other volatile organic pollutants from the air. And it’s the perfect bedroom plant, converting carbon dioxide into oxygen at night, not just during the day! If indirect sunlight is not provided, partial light is preferred over direct sun. If your home doesn’t get much natural light through the windows, consider purchasing a grow light to simulate the conditions.

Monstera Adansoni (Swiss Cheese Plant)

Monstera adansoni, also known as the Swiss cheese plant because of its holes, is a climbing plant suitable indoors and outdoors. It is unique for its burrow formation. Monstera’s leaf structure is called fenestration.

Staghorn Fern (Platycerium bifurcate)

The leaves of P. bifurcatum are used in ethnic medicine to treat ulcers, abortion in women, oedema, cough, and high blood pressure. There are two types of fronds. The first is sterile, small leaves that cover the crown of the root. The latter, which are fertile, grow up to 4′, although they are usually only 2′-3′ in cultivated environments.

Pearl Necklace (Curio Roleanus)

String of Pearls: Senecio Rowleyanus is a beautiful cascading succulent that adds little quirk to any home. The plant quickly spreads and can be grown indoors and outdoors. It is relatively low maintenance and requires only bright light, well-drained soil, and infrequent watering. Root rot from overwatering is the most common cause of its disappearance.

Lighting Needs

Although many hanging plants don’t need direct sunlight, they can tolerate low light conditions, even full shade. That doesn’t mean you should be able to grow them in a room that is 100% total darkness. If a room doesn’t get any light, you’ll need to find an artificial light source so your plants can grow.

Watering Needs

In a perfect world, all houseplants follow the same watering schedule. Unfortunately, that is not the case! Some will need more water, and others will need less. Even something as simple as a plant’s location can affect its water needs!

I recommend grouping plants (for example, all plants in the living room are watered weekly and plants in the other bi-weekly). This should reduce the chances of forgetting to water your plants.

Environmental Needs

Location will significantly affect the temperature and humidity your plant is exposed to. You should always schedule your placement accordingly, but sometimes, it can’t be done! If this is the case, you may need to heat a room separately or invest in a humidifier/dehumidifier to keep your plants happy.

Growth Potential

Although your tree may be small when you pick it, it won’t always be that way. If your plant outgrows its current pot, you may need to move it outside or set up a greenhouse for your potted friend. Let’s face it: big houseplants take up a lot of space!


Essential Care Tips for Low Light-Hanging Plants Indoor

Turn on the bathroom light or invest in a grow light or two, often available at hydroponics stores, to keep your plants happy and healthy.

It is also important to water less frequently than indicated in most care guidelines, as they are often written with “ideal” indoor plant conditions in mind. Low light results in less evaporation and a substrate that stays wet longer than usual. For this reason, ventilation, such as a window or fan opening, should also be considered to prevent mould growth on plants and bathroom walls.


We all know that a few houseplants can add personality and warmth to any home. But what if you want to build a house or apartment that doesn’t get a lot of natural light? Like shade plants that grow outdoors, these low-light hanging plants are ideal for indoor spaces that would otherwise be quite dark.


What Indoor Hanging Plants Do Not Need a Lot of Light?

Golden pothos is another variation of the pothos plant (there are many types of pothos). It is one of the most popular houseplants ever and will thrive in virtually any light conditions, including full shade. They look beautiful hanging under their vines.

Are There Plants that Don’t Need Sunlight?

All low-light hanging plants indoor need some level of light to survive. However, in this list of hanging plants that don’t need sunlight, we’ve looked at plants that only require partial, indirect sunlight. Some can even grow using only fluorescent lights! If you don’t have any sunlight at home, you can use a grow lamp for your plants.

Which Hanging Plants are Good in the Shade?

These vibrant purple-red flowers will begin to fall over the hanging basket as they grow, eventually obscuring the container and creating a floating flower effect. Despite their bright colours, fuchsia plants don’t need light to grow. They rely heavily on shade to grow properly.

What Plants are Suitable for Low Light Indoors?

The ZZ plant grows well in dry environments and will tolerate low light extremes. Native to East Africa and Tanzania, where it thrives in hot and dry conditions, ZZ has become a popular houseplant due to its tolerance of less-than-perfect conditions.

What is the Easiest Low-Light Hanging Plant?

Low-Light Adaptation: Pothos varieties, including Shangrila, are known to thrive in low-light conditions, making them excellent options for hanging in dimly lit areas.


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