YOU Magazine - October 2020 - Low-Light Plants for Cheering Up Your Home
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Low-Light Plants for Cheering Up Your Home

Low-Light Plants for Cheering Up Your Home

Adding plants to your living space brings a number of appealing benefits. Studies have shown that indoor plants can boost your mood, creativity, concentration, and productivity. Working from home? You'll love the effect plants have on your ability to focus and churn out good work. Health benefits of houseplants also include cleaner indoor air and a reduction in stress, cold symptoms, sore throats, and fatigue. Plants can also make people feel happy when they look at them.

With so many benefits, it's easy to see why people add plants to their homes and offices. However, when you're low on light, you may wonder whether plants can survive in your living space. Good news! There are plenty of plants that thrive in lower-light conditions. One option is lucky bamboo, a member of the Dracaena genus that can grow in water instead of soil. Lucky bamboo plants are also believed to bring fortune and good luck.

Another option is a spider plant, or Chlorophytum comosum, which is one of the most adaptable plants that is easiest to grow. Its spider-like leaves hang down from the mother plant and can grow in a trailing or hanging planter, in a pot, or even in a basket. Certain types of ferns grow well in low light, including the bird's nest fern, the American maidenhair fern, and the queen fern.

If you want a pop of color in your space, check out the urn or zebra plant. The Aechmea genus of the Bromeliad family of plants thrive in low-light conditions, with color variations between violet and red. You can usually get an Aechmea plant when it has already started flowering, allowing you to choose the color you want in your space.

Don't let low-light conditions stop you from enjoying the benefits that come with beautiful indoor plants. Instead, opt for plants and flowers that do well without as much sunlight.

Sources: The Spruce, House Beautiful, The Sill

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