5 houseplants that live in low light

Not everyone knows this, but there are indoor plants that can live well even in low light. A joy for those who love decorating with green, even without access to external or sunny spaces.

Below, five plants that can be grown with little light: all sturdy, very easy to grow and also perfect for those who have problems of time or does not possess the coveted “green thumb”:

1. The Zamioculcas is a charming succulent native of Tanzania.

It presents fleshy and erect stems measuring 50-60 cm with oval leaves, symmetrical, deep dark green.

The white flowers, bloom only with an ideal climate; in the apartment it is difficult.

One advantage of the Zamioculcas is that it has all the affezionarcisi time: it is in fact quite long-lived.

This plant should be planting in a well-drained soil, partially sandy.

Watering shall be made on dry ground, avoiding stagnation. In spring fertilize sparingly, choosing a fertilizer for succulent.

The Zamioculcas has slow growth, for which the potting may be performed every 4-5 years.

Diseases are rare. Sometimes he suffers attacks of mealy.

The Zamioculcas is also known as Padre Pio plant. It seems that the Saint he held one in his cell. In truth, its introduction in Italy is after the brother’s death, but who’s to say that somebody wanted to pay homage to Padre Pio with an exotic gift?

2. Chamaedorea elegans, or smaller palm is a plant much decorative as robust, originally from Mexico and Guatemala.

Shape and size makes it perfect to adorn a fairly large area: the Chamaedorea rises up to 2 m, and, with the typical fountain bearing his long pinnate leaves, widens a lot.

To cultivate the Chamaedorea, place it in an environment with mild temperatures, never too hot or cold.

The soil should be rich in organic matter and with an excellent drainage.

Fears drought and waterlogging: therefore regular irrigation but only in dry soil.

Seasonal fertilize every two weeks with a product for green plants.

The enemies of Chamaedorea are red spider mite, aphids and mealy: once a week should be inspected carefully.

The particular name, Chamaedorea, comes from the greek. It’s ‘the union of “Chamay” and “dory”, nano and stem. Is thought to be motivated by other species of C. reduced growth

 3. Is there a plant of more resistant dell’Aspidistra apartment? Probably not. Survives even close to radiators! And since then more than 100 years!

Native of China, the Aspidistra is characterized by long, lance-shaped dark green leaves, that measure 50 cm. The petioles that govern leave directly from the ground. The foliage is very dense.

The flowers, purple, sometimes bloom even in the apartment.

really humble plant, the Aspidistra is satisfied with a universal soil for green plants and 2 weekly watering in summer and winter (or even less if the light is very little).

It prefers cool, but as mentioned survives anywhere, if the air is dry enough to spray the foliage with regularity.

The Aspidistra requires only a modest monthly dose of fertilizer.

The diseases are uncommon; exception cochineal.

“Keep the Aspidistra Flying” is not only a wish of those who possess this plant, but also the title of a George Orwell novel.

4. The Kentia comes from Australia.

It boasts large, elegant fronds covered with dark green pinnate leaves, which branch off from a short stem. Pot reaches a maximum height of 3 m. Growth is very slow.

The Kentia has discrete water needs. Typically, if he is thirsty, he does note, lowering the leaves. The fertilizer must be given only in the summer, every 2-3 weeks.

Il terriccio ideale è un misto torba/sabbia, arricchito con una piccola percentuale di stallatico.

Da non dimenticare: le foglie vanno pulite con regolarità.

Nonostante la sua robustezza, la Kentia talvolta è infestata dal ragnetto rosso.

In the US it is also known as Hollywood Palm, thanks to its role as an extra in a large number of movies.

5. The Caladium, rhizomatous herbaceous native of Brazil, owes its considerable charm to large heart-shaped or lance-shaped leaves, mottled with red, pink or white, and partly also to its fragrant inflorescences. There are 15 varieties, all of modest size (max 40 cm).

The Caladium has a fundamental requirement: avoid the cold and the currents.

For the rest, it grows well in a mixture of peat / sand and requires watering only in dry soil.

Fertilization should be carried out from May to August, without exaggerating with nitrogen to keep the speckles.

The foliage is deciduous. In October, when dry, cut it and leave the rhizome until spring.

The British call the Caladium Angel Wings, for the beauty and shape of the leaves. And to say that it is a poisonous plant.

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