Low Light Conditions
Areas that receive less than 10% of direct light are considered in low light conditions. It is important to know how much light touches the different areas of your home at different hours of the day to know where to place your indoor trees. One way of finding out is to hold a piece of paper in the area and observe the amount of light that reflects on it. Another way is to use the light meter in a camera. Trees that are low light resistant can be placed about 5 feet away from the source of light.
Indoor Trees For Low Light Conditions
Low light is the biggest challenge for indoor gardeners. The good news though is that there are numerous indoor trees that prefer indirect light and partial shade. You can see a wide selection of these trees from the list below. An alternative is to use artificial indoor trees.
Aglaonema species are widely known houseplants for offices, homes and shopping malls because they are one of the easiest to grow. They are pests resistant, thrive in heavy and moist soil, propagate easily from cutting and can flourish for many years. Examples are Aglaonema ‘Deborah’, Aglaonema ‘Blacklance’, Aglaonema ‘Silver Queen’, Aglaonema ‘Green Majesty’, Aglaonema ‘Emerald Star’ and Aglaonema ‘Maria’.
There are also trees that are low light resistant from the species of Spathiphyllum. They have large leaves with flowers that are produced in a spadix surrounded by a long, white, yellowish or greenish spathe. Similar to Aglaonema species, they also need a slightly wet or damp soil. Among all houseplants, Spathiphyllum species are my favorite because of its ability to clean indoor air and make it free from many pollutants and contaminants such as benzene and formaldehyde. However, they are mildly toxic to humans and animals when consumed. They contain components which can cause nausea, skin irritation, burning sensation in the mouth and difficulty in swallowing. Naming some of these plants are Spathiphyllum ‘Supreme’, Spathiphyllum ‘Flower Poker’, Spathiphyllum ‘Wallissi’, and Spathiphyllum ‘Sensation’.
Dracaena species are commonly known as dragon trees. The shrubby dracaenas are small with slender stems and strap-shaped leaves. They are used to decorate and beautify homes, apartments, offices and landscapes. They are best in temperatures between 60 – 70°F during daytime and 10°F during the night. Some examples include Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’, Dracaena Marginata, Dracaena Massangeana, Dracaena Cincta, Dracaena Elliptica and Dracaena Marmorata. These plants are toxic to pets, but not to humans.
Here are some things I do to take care of my houseplants.
- Place it in locations with moderate and indirect sunlight. Spots and brown leaf edges mean they are exposed too much to light. On the other hand, leaves turn pale when there’s not enough light.
- Water the plants when the soil is dry.
- Fertilize them at least every two weeks.
- Wipe the leaves with a soft cloth to remove dusts and prevent spider mites from thriving. Wiping also opens the pores of the leaves and allows a free exchange of air.
Other low light resistant trees are Bamboo Palm, Snake Plant, Golden Pothos and Homalomena ‘Emerald Gem’.