Four Indoor Shade Plants for Sun-Deprived Apartments

March 8, 2013 by



Do you love indoor plants, but your apartment is too dark to allow proper growth? Many urban dwellers face this conundrum with some opting for artificial potted plants and flowers. However, well-informed tenants can shop around for low light plants that will grow and mature without a problem even in sun-deprived apartment buildings. There are plants that grow fine in offices or rooms with few windows or north-facing windows. Many of these plant families commonly survive in dense forest undergrowths or under tree canopies, so they’re able to endure in shaded rooms with limited light. If you are in search of potted plants to spruce up your sun-deprived apartment, here are four great options:

White Orchid.

White Orchids
The white orchid can grow extremely well in absence of direct sunlight. Even so, ensure you purchase a fresh stem with about 12 to 14 buds on it and preferably with shiny green leaves devoid of any blemishes. Grow the orchid inside a wide pot with soil and mulch inside it. The orchid normally develops dark green leaves in the absence of sufficient light, and light green ones under normal lighting. You may use supplemental light fixtures if the leaves become too dark for your liking.

Lucky Bamboo.

Lucky Bamboo
The decorative evergreen bamboo grows very well in semi-dark apartments. To develop and reproduce it requires shade, low temperatures, and water with little or no fluoride compounds. Direct sunshine easily scorches its sensitive leaves causing them to turn yellow. Therefore, you should keep this potted plant in a shaded corner of your apartment, and supply it with supplemental light. Water the plant using normal tap water regularly. Yellowish or brownish edges on the leaves normally indicate excessive light, root overgrowth, or too much fluorine. You can give this indoor plant various shapes by redirecting light sources around its stem frequently.


Kalanchoe Plants
Avid gardeners love Kalanchoes mainly due to their bright flowers and shapely leaves. They are available in red, pink, yellow, or white-colored species. Kalanchoes grow well under indirect light with minimal water. The plant is easy to propagate from the small shoots that usually emerge underneath the leaves. You may add some fertilizer to encourage quick growth, and detach the flower head after its blooming period.

Colorful Croton. Photo: Dr. Dan’s Landscaping.

Crotons and Pothos
You can find suitable crotons for your apartment from flower and garden shops. This varied plant has multicolored leaves and flowers that require minimal light to blossom. You will notice the plant shedding its leaves once you bring it to your apartment. However, new leaves will grow back within a short time provided you care for the plant well accordingly.

Pothos, which have a close relationship to crotons, are also ideal indoor potted plants. They develop huge shapely evergreen leaves with yellow streaks. These plants can sprout and mature well without direct light.

If you would like to grow plants indoors but your apartment is too dark, you can see there are some good choices that do not require much sunshine–just make sure you take great care of your plants to encourage them to grow and develop properly.


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  2. Lila7 said:

    As a succlulent Kalanchoes are sensitive to overwatering & get Meally bugs so be carefull to let it drain and dry out in between waterings.Happy gardening!

    — March 4, 2015 @ 17:19

  3. Lila7 said:

    My Phal Orchids have been struggling on my west facing window here in the hot Fla sun it hits directly a couple time a day now and most of thier leaves have yellowed and dried up ( strange as they have done well til recently ) I have a lace coverlet over the window to protect in spots.I increased the watering to 2x a week and I think they perked up but I fear it may be too late … Can I save them and what do I do? I have no other window to put them…Help please!

    — March 4, 2015 @ 17:36

  4. 1Cat_Woman said:

    Yes, you can save them if the roots still look healthy! First, put another sheer curtain behind or in front of the lace to reduce that direct sun. Second, if they are potted in moss, quit watering so often unless they are super dry. Usually 1x every 2 weeks is good! In bark, the same thing. I burnt one of mine last year accidentally left it in the west facing potting area outside… 🙁 her leaves where white and dead, now she has new blossoms and bonus, there is a little plant-let starting up with the flowers!! Just don’t over water, shade her a bit more and wait, it should come back!

    — March 15, 2015 @ 14:16

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