As the cooler weather approaches, our focus turns indoors. Indoor gardening is healthy – both for the air as well as for your physical, mental and emotional well being.
But, with our Northern climate, we often struggle with indoor gardens due to the low level of light at this time of year. Small windows are great for keeping the heat in, but it does present challenges for the indoor gardener.
You can use grow lights, but, if you don’t want to do that, there are certain plants that will grow well even in very low light conditions.
Here are a few choices that work well with a minimum of light:
Mother-in-Law’s tongue / Snake plant – it has stiff, sword shaped leaves often variegated with dark green / light green / gold.
Cast iron plant looks a little like Mother-in-Law’s Tongue in that it also has sword shaped leaves although these are a bit more floppy and they are a dark green with no variegation. They are completely ‘dummy proof’ as they’re not only tolerant of low light but also dampness, dust and general neglect.
Peace Lily also has dark green sword shaped leaves, but it has a creamy white ‘flower’. It likes moist soil.
Dracaena has spiky long leaves in a mid to light green colour and can be variegated. It looks like a cross between an ornamental grass, a reed and a small palm. It is easy to grow and should be trimmed to keep it at the size you prefer.
Philodendrons come in many varieties including creeping or vine-like varieties. They may have variegated leaves or areas of other colors on a green background. These can look lovely in a hanging basket as well as in a pot.
Chinese evergreen looks a bit like the Peace Lily or Arum Lily, but with variegated leaves.
Hen and Chicks / Spider Plant is often a summer hanging basket favourite, but it also does well as an indoor low light plant.
ZZ plant looks a little like a ficus tree except that it’s a pot plant and comes up from the roots in multiple stems with dark green oval leaves that are quite fleshy.