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For many indoor plant lovers, sometimes the lack of lighting becomes a problem, because all plants need it. But choosing flowers for a room that lacks light is not so difficult.
- Shade-tolerant plants
- Dark room for indoor plants
- Aglaonema and Sansevieria
- Philodendron and Neanta beautiful
- Spathiphyllum and Ivy
There are not so few plants that are unpretentious and able to grow in rather dark rooms; you can pick up both flowering ones and with a beautiful green crown. Although the choice is limited compared to light-loving ones, it is worth saying that there are no plants that love shade, everyone needs light. There are only those who can tolerate the lack of lighting. The most popular shade-tolerant plants are:
- Aucuba Japanese
- Philodendron climbing
- Epipremnum cirrus
- Palm hamerops
- Neanta is beautiful
- Spathiphyllum and others
Dark room for indoor plants
For a long time, indoor flowers have been a necessary piece of furniture in every apartment. Despite the shade tolerance of some plants, they cannot grow completely in the dark, since they need lighting for the process of photosynthesis. However, in low light conditions, some of the indoor flowers can both grow and bloom.
As a rule, in their natural environment, the place of their growth was areas that were poorly illuminated by the sun. Even the most shade-tolerant plant needs some amount of light, which means that the place where it will grow must be chosen accordingly. It must meet the following parameters:
- if the window is north, then indoor flowers are placed already at a distance of one or two meters from it;
- from a window facing east, place the plant at a distance of three meters;
- shade-loving greenery is placed at a distance of four meters from a western source of sunlight;
- you can put a flower very far from the south window - nine meters, for example, if you decide to install a plant in a corridor or a large hall.
If you can read a book or magazine in daylight in the place where you decide to put the plant, feel free to do so. It is quite suitable for a shade-tolerant flower. It is worth considering the following nuances:
- in shaded areas, plants rarely bloom
- for low-light corners, choose decorative deciduous options
- consider the different degree of shade tolerance of each plant
- only healthy flowers will grow in the shade
Let us consider in detail some of them, which are distinguished by their simplicity and unpretentiousness in growing and caring for.
Aglaonema and Sansevieria
It is considered the most shade-tolerant flower. It can grow even in the darkest room with northern windows, while not losing its external data. It is a plant with oblong variegated leaves that can have white, yellow and green hues. It is believed that the variegation of the leaves of the aglaonema is lost in strong shade, and they become a uniform green color.
However, in practice, the flower tolerates the lack of light quite well, while maintaining decorativeness and external data. It is necessary to transplant aglaonema every three years, since the plant is characterized by slow growth. Care measures include regular feeding and spraying, as aglaonema needs warmth and moist air.
In places where there were flowers, then small red berries appear. People with increased skin sensitivity should wear gloves to care for the aglonema, because the berries and other parts of the plant cause irritation. Indoor blooming is rare.
A flower that can often be found in apartments, overgrown with many legends and superstitions. In everyday life, sansevieria is called "mother-in-law's language", allegedly provoking squabbles and scandals in the house. The plant is unpretentious, not afraid of shade, drafts, dry air and lack of moisture.
It also does not require frequent transplantation, while remaining strong, beautiful and healthy for many years. The Eastern tradition, in contrast to the well-known prejudices, speaks of the beneficial effect of sansevieria on spiritual development and mental growth.
Sansevieria grows up to 1.2 meters in height, it has sharp leaves of a dark green color with light stripes of the same shade, the growth of which is directed upwards. It is because of the long leaves that the plant got its popular nickname.
Mother-in-law's tongue is often grown in floor pots due to the large size of the plant. You can plant several of them, thus creating a hedge or imitation of a small garden. Shade-loving, unpretentious sansevieria will look good in the corner of the room.
Philodendron and Neanta beautiful
Perennial vine with delicate leaves shaped like a heart. The stems on which they grow can be up to two meters in length. Philodendron is suitable for growing on the north side, it is unpretentious and easily adapts to any conditions.
The plant is suitable for growing by beginners and those who do not like the complex care of indoor flowers. In the axils of the leaves of the phyladendron, air roots grow, with which it clings to wet surfaces, growing to them. Therefore, the shape of the plant can sometimes be outlandish.
Neanta is beautiful
A tall indoor palm tree, reaching a height of one and a half meters. It can grow in rooms with any illumination, including in the shade. Requires humid air, therefore regular spraying is mandatory. It adapts well to the conditions of the room in which it grows, blooms at any time of the year.
Spathiphyllum and Ivy
Quite a popular plant, it can be found in both dark and light rooms, without stopping growth and without getting sick. Spathiphyllum has dark green leaves with shine, rather large flowers in the shape of a sail. Requires spraying.
In winter, the plant rests, therefore it does not bloom. To see flowering, you must first put the flower pot in a bright place for two to four weeks, watering moderately and keeping the ambient temperature at at least ten degrees. After which the spathiphyllum is returned to its original place. The plant will bloom from February to October under stress.
An evergreen vine that can grow in dark rooms. Not whimsical to care for, easily adapts to any shade. Ivy grows rapidly in size, expanding with shoots. Water it twice a week, wipe the leaves with a cloth. When the plant has little capacity in which it grows, transplant into another.
You need to take care of ivy with gloves, as its leaves are poisonous and irritating. A room that lacks light is not a reason to give up indoor plants. It is enough to choose the one that you like best from the whole variety of shade-tolerant species. By taking care of your flower, you will enjoy its appearance for a long time.
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