After my post about our “Best Houseplants Ever”, I know that everyone reading here will have different likes, dislikes and environments to grow their houseplants. Over the next few posts I’ll be covering the best houseplants for shade, the best large houseplants, the best small houseplants, and the best flowering houseplants ever.
At Lacoste, we have a go-to list of the best ever plants for indoor shade. Not only do these plants not mind living in low-light places, but they also generally require less care and watering than many other plants!
Zamioculcas Zamiifolia (ZZ Plant)
ZZ plants need very little water, and only need to be watered when the soil is quite dry. They can survive months without water (although it will grow more quickly if watered somewhat regularly). ZZ plants are happy without being fertilized too, so they are really quite self-sufficient! They’re like the cats of the plant world 😊
ZZ plants do best in bright to moderate, indirect light but will do fine in extremely low levels of light. ZZ plants are ideal for a window-less office or bathroom where it will only receive small amounts of fluorescent light.
Sansevieria (Snake Plant)
Snake plants also do not require lots of water, and like to dry out between waterings, though perhaps a little less so than ZZ plants
They don't mind being in low-light locations, however do grow better and more lush if they do receive some natural light
Following the pattern others, Peace Lilies also do not require a lot of water. In fact, one of the most common reasons for a Peace Lily to die, is due to overwatering. If the top of the soil is still damp, then its not yet time to water! An even easier way to know when to water, is by waiting until the leaves begin to droop, and then watering. Peace Lilies are very drought tolerant, and this will not harm the plant
Peace lilies also benefit from repotting or dividing when they outgrow their containers. If the plant’s leaves are drooping less than a week after being watered, new leaf growth is deformed, or if the plant seems crowded, it is time to repot, or divide the If you are repotting, move the plant into a pot that is at least 2 inches larger than its current pot. If you are dividing, use a sharp knife to cut through the center of the rootball and replant each half in its own container.
Since the wide leaves on peace lilies tend to be a dust magnet, you should either wash or wipe down the leaves at least once a year. This will help it process sunlight better. Washing the plant can be done by either setting it in the bath and giving it a short shower or by placing it in a sink and letting the tap run over the leaves. Alternatively, the leaves of your peace lily plant can also be wiped down with a damp cloth.
Agalonema (Chinese Evergreen)
Chinese Evergreens enjoy moderate watering—not too much, not too little. Allow the plant to dry out some between watering. Overwatering will lead to root rot.
Chinese Evergreens also appreciate fertilizer once or twice year, using a water-soluble houseplant fertilizer.
If your Chinese Evergreen plant becomes too large or leggy, give the plant a quick trim. The cuttings can be rooted in water, and planted separately.
Older Chinese Evergreen plants may produce a flower similar to a Calla Lily or Peace Lily.
Once again, Diffenbachia does not require a lot of water, and the most common problem indoor gardeners have with Diffenbachia is overwatering
Diffenbachia does best in a filtered light situation, where bright to moderate light shines through a sheer curtain or other filtering window cover. Filtered light is particularly important in the spring and summer, when the dieffenbachia houseplant is producing new, tender leaves that are subject to sunburn if the light is too bright or shines directly on the plant.
Rotating the dieffenbachia houseplant regularly to provide adequate light to all sides of the plant will prevent it from reaching toward the light on one side.
Diffenbachia benefits from being fertilized twice a month to encourage growth and a healthy plant. A houseplant food high in nitrogen can be applied at half strength.
You may have noticed that these plants seem to have greater requirements as you move down the list. This isn’t to say that they are necessarily more difficult to grow! However if you are looking for a plant that will be resistant to the most neglect, and thrive with it, perhaps stick to the ZZ Plant! Poor ZZ being the last plant I can thing of alphabetically, it must be nice to be first on a list!!