A beautiful, healthy plant is one of the most striking things in the world. For centuries people have cultivated plants, and not just for food. Plants make our world so much more beautiful and diverse. They come in a vast number of varieties, shapes, and sizes. Take a moment to look around and realize just how much of a difference a beautiful plant can make. Environments that lack plants are often labeled as sterile or boring. They seem to lack something basic to health and vibrant growth. Perhaps this is why we often say that offices feel like death warmed over. What few of us realize is that plants can be brought into our homes and can actually thrive indoors. This is also true for most offices or other work environments. While it is true that most plants only thrive outdoors in direct sunlight, there are certain species that do quite well with less light. If you would like to brighten an otherwise drab area of your home or office you should consider investing in one of these plants. They can last for years, providing continual aesthetic benefits and cleaner air for your environment. There are also species of house plant that thrive in low light spaces, which is particularly important because it is in just such an environment that you will want a beautiful plant. But how can you care for low light house plants? Does it require some sort of special skill or talent? Do you need extravagant or expensive materials?
Actually caring for low light house plants can be quite simple. The first thing you need to do is consider the environment in which you would like to place the plant. Take stock of the temperature, the quality of light (remember that plants need some light to survive) and the air circulation in the room or hall. Once you have figured out the specifics of the environment you are ready to choose a plant that will thrive in your home or office.
Remember that there are three basic types of houseplants: flowering, succulent, and foliage. Generally flowering house plants are not great for low light areas because they require a great deal of sunlight. Succulent plants are things like cactus or gardenia. Foliage plants are probably more of what you are looking for in a low light house plant. They tend to have large leaves and grow quite slowly, which can be nice because it means less care on your part.
Choose a plant that fits the specifications required by your space. When you select your low light house plant consider all instructions that come with the plant. You should not just throw it in a pot without considering any of the directions regarding soil or water. Make sure to give the plant a good environment to start with so that it can become strong quickly. A common problem for most gardeners is not giving plants an appropriate starting condition in which to really establish themselves. If the plant has little nutrients or water from the beginning, or if the temperature is too low or high, you run the risk of killing the plant or seriously retarding its growth. This is especially the case with low light plants, which can suffer from either too much or too little sunlight. Be very careful about where you first place the plant and observe its growth over the first little while. Although low light plants are slow growers, they shouldn’t be stagnating. Make adjustments according to your observations and you will find the right environment for your plant.