Plants that you can grow that require no sunlight
Welcome back, everyone! Today we’re continuing from our last post series about PLANTS! As you will soon find out, we’re a little bit obsessed with them. But that’s okay though, right?
Let’s just jump right into it!
We’re going to go over TEN of my favorite plants that are PERFECT to grow in your home or apartment that require little to no sunlight whatsoever! These suckers are very easy to grow for beginners and not to mention they’re all absolutely GORGEOUS!
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Plants that you can grow that require no sunlight:
Number One: Dracaena (Dracaena Massangeana)
This beautiful tree grows as a wooden stalk and sprouts it’s leaves around the tops of them! It, of course, requires minimal light and is best placed in front of closed curtains, but not in direct sunlight because direct sun can actually burn the leaves! When grown indoors it can also reach to be about 3 feet tall, so that makes it perfect for the corner of your room for a very nice accent!
Watering them as very easy as well, you only really need to lightly mist the soil and leaves and be sure to avoid making the soil soggy by any means! It does not require a lot of water to be a very happy plant! (also they don’t much like tap water, so if you can water it with purified water then it will thrive much better!)
It is also important to note that this can be toxic to dogs or cats as well so be sure it’s not in an area where they will be able to accidentally eat the leaves because it can cause them to vomit and make them a little sick.
Number Two: Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea Elegans)
I especially love these plants because they thrive in low-light! They’re slow growers and can reach up to 2-4 feet as well! Plus: they’re cat-and-dog-friendly!
Again, these do not require a lot of watering as well! They will be perfectly fine with just a light mist to their leaves. These plants also make perfect accents for tabletops or counters!
A tip of how to know how much water they need is the more sunlight they’re in, the more water they will need and so that means, the less light they receive, then the less water they will need to survive as well, which makes them perfect plants for a busy lifestyle if you aren’t able to give them constant attention!
Number Three: Umbrella Plant (Cyperus alternifolius)
These plants are so gorgeous to me and I love how the stems spread around when they start growing! They grow quickly with warm temperatures and medium to low light. Umbrella Plants can reach around 2-3 feet tall and would eventually require a larger pot when it gets older.
Once they do get a little taller and older you will also see they produce small flowers, and that is a very good indication your Umbrella Plant is being well looked after.
They have been researched to be a little toxic to animals as well and could make your small pets sick if the leaves are eaten, so be careful!
Many people also tie the stems together in the middle to prevent the plant from topping over and possibly falling later on because they can eventually get top-heavy, so keep an eye on them when they get bigger!
(side-note: these can be grown in just water as well!)
Number Four: Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
Snake Plants are so cute! They are extremely easy to manage and care for and can live in almost any condition, making them virtually indestructible! It is also worth noting that, depending on the variety of plants you get, they can grow between 1 and 8 feet tall!
They will thrive in more sandier soils, and much like any plants, overwatering can damage them so be sure their soil is dry to the touch between waterings!
These plants look so beautiful next to entertainment centers and desks especially once they start to mature and they’re a great conversation-starter! These plants look so interesting it will definitely spark people’s interest once they see it! They definitely earned this spot on Plants that you can grow that require no sunlight.
Number Five: Peacock Plant (Calathea makoyana)
By the size of the picture, you can tell Peacock Plants don’t grow very large in size so that makes them perfect for desktops and office spaces! They actually really thrive in higher humidity areas, so heck, put them on your bathroom counter and they will be extremely happy living off of you just taking warm showers!
They also prefer to live in more damp soil as well, and would even like light water showers on them!
The leaves on these plants are so beautiful, and the greener the look, the more healthy they will be! Keep an eye out for browning or yellowing leaves because that can indicate they aren’t properly being cared for.
Number Six: Prayer Plant (Maranta Leuconeura)
Prayer Plants are actually very similar to Peacock Plants, except these ones like to spread out a little more so that really does make them perfect for hanging!
Again, these plants do require moist soil to really thrive and be healthy so be sure their soil is constantly damp. (you could also include these in your bathroom because they like humid areas as well!)
Make sure their pot also has a place to drain water because their roots can actually begin to rot if it sits in their too long without draining!
You will also notice that the less sunlight this beauty gets, the greener their leaves will be, and too much or direct sunlight itself will bleach the leaves!
Number Seven: Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Spider Plants are so unique for their gorgeous leaves! They grow a vibrant green with white stripes down the center of them!
As these are beginning to grow, water these only occasionally but once they start maturing they will need to be watered a bit more often.
They do not like direct sunlight whatsoever, so these are near perfect plants to grow in your home! Or if you have well-shaded areas outside they will also be very happy in there!
Spider Plants produce whats called “pups” and essentially this is their seeds that you can snip off and replant to continue your garden!
Number Eight: Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
These are one of my all-time favorite indoor plants. I am so obsessed with their green leaves and white lily flowers! They’re just all-around gorgeous plants. By the way, they’re also recognized as one of the best indoor air cleaning plants!
You will see them grow between 1 and 4 feet tall and they will start producing their lilies in the Spring for about 2 months.
Very important to note that these are poisonous to cats and dogs and can really make one of your furry critters very ill and unhappy! So please be VERY careful when choosing the location for your Peace Lily!
Your plant will also communicate to you, in the sense when it will show you when it needs to be watered each time. You will notice the stems start to sag down a little bit and that is a very good indication they’re thirsty! So keep an eye out for that throughout your week and water them when needed!
Number Nine: Philodendron (Philodendron bipinnatifidum)
Philodendrons are one of my personal favorite house plants as well because of their hanging vines! You can choose to put this on a table or desk but personally, I would end up hanging them up once their branches really start spreading!
They do like bright indirect light as well, so not next to your window of course but maybe on the other side of your room where a window mirrors it and can feed off of that light. Sunlight isn’t required, you could grow these very happily in places that get little to no sunlight as well and will be happy year-around!
You can tell when they need water as well just by how damp their soil is, check it periodically and if the top inch of soil is dry, it might be a good time to put a little bit of water on it.
Number Ten: Radiator Plants (Peperomia)
This plant is a bit similar to both Prayer Plants & Peacock Plants with the design on their leaves, but I actually prefer these ones over both of these just with how these look! They really do have an almost watermelon look to their leaves that I am obsessed with.
There are very many different varieties of this plant available that differ in the look each of them has! Some can have darker, almost red-like leaves, while others will have a bright white and green design!
They can live and adjust to nearly any light level you grow them in! They can live happily and healthily in any environment! But be careful with watering them though, because it can be easy to overdo it and accidentally rot the plants.
Water them thoroughly and then wait until the majority of the soil has mostly dried, and depending on the season, they could require much less water than normal, so do your research beforehand!
But wait, there’s more!
I want to just discuss the types of soil you should check out before getting some of these plants as well because it does play a huge role in your plant growth based on the soil they’re living with, all soils are not versatile for all plants!
If you have a variety of plants grown indoors and outdoors, it is very important to know that you cannot scoop pre-existing soil from outside to use for indoor plants! That soil contains bacterias that will harm your plants!
There are 4 major types of soil you need to do some research on to see which best fits the plant you’re looking to grow in your home! These types are:
- Loam Soil – Containers higher calcium and pH levels with a gritty texture to them.
- Sandy Soil – It is the largest particle based soil and allows for proper water drainage.
- Clay Soil – You might want to go with clay pebbles with this because naturally, clay soil does not drain easily (which some plants do need actually).
- Silt Soil – This is very fertile soil, and the downside to this is that it retains water too well, so be very careful to not accidentally waterlog your plants!
I cannot stress enough though, do your research before you get your plant to see which soil best fits and will benefit your plant the most. I provided links to some soils above that I looked into for each of the categories that I believe will be best for your plants in those sections.
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