Houseplants for in the shade
What are shadowplants?
Don’t have a lot of sunlight in the house? Besides the use of grow lights, unfortunately there is not much you can do about it. Fortunately, there are also plants that need relatively little light. We call these types of plants shade plants. A shady plant only needs 2 hours of filtered sunlight per day. On this page you can read all about indoor plants for dark places.
Do you choose a plant that loves the half shade? Then your plant needs 1 to 2 hours more light than a shade plant. Now that you know how much filtered sunlight should at least come in, we would like to introduce you to our favorite shadowplants.
8 indoor plants that can withstand little light
He doesn’t care where you put Philodendron. As long as it is not in direct sunlight. Certainly avoid the bright midday sun! The Philodendron is a semi-shade plant and prefers 3 hours of filtered sunlight.
Besides the fact that the location has few requirements, the Philodendron is not difficult to care for. A splash of water a week is fine. You can add a dash of plant nutrition in the summer.
The Aglaonema needs up to 3 hours of filtered sunlight, making it a true half shade plant. In nature the plant grows under larger plants and trees and is therefore used to some shade. Too much sunlight will burn the leaves of the plant. And of course you want to prevent that!
The Aglaonema also has few requirements when it comes to irrigation. If you forget to water it is no problem. You can water too little rather than too much. Such a plant is easy!
When we talk about easy houseplants, the Sansevieria is definitely one of them. Place the plant about 3 meters away from a window. In any case, make sure that the Sansevieria is not more than 4 meters from a window. The further away the plant is from the window, the less water is needed.
The Sansevieria needs remarkably little water. In the winter she can go without water for 6 to 8 weeks. Saves you some time again!
Another one of those shadow worshippers is the Dracaena. The plant needs a maximum of 3 hours of sunlight per day. To reach that amount of light it is best to place the Dracaena 3 meters away from the window. If the plant hardly grows you know it will get too little light. If there is too much light the leaves will turn yellow.
When it comes to water the Dracaena is not that difficult. In the summer, once every 2 to 3 weeks a dash of water is enough. In winter you can slow down the watering process to 4 to 6 weeks.
5. Kentia Palm
Although the Kentia belongs to the palm family, he is not such a sun worshipper. On the contrary! On the contrary, the Kentia can withstand a somewhat dark spot.
Make sure the Kentia gets a maximum of 3 hours of sunlight. It is therefore best to place the plant 3 to 4 meters from a window. Don’t do this? Then you will soon notice that the plant gets too much or too little light. Does the plant turn yellow or does the leaf turn lighter? Then the Kentia gets too much light. Put the plant a few steps away from the window, and it won’t bother you anymore.
When it comes to watering, the Kentia is a bit more demanding. Ideally this palm should always be in moist soil. Give it a little water once a week.
The Calathea enjoys most of a pitch up to 4 meters from a window. Unless it is a north facing window then. If the plant is north facing, it is best to get close to the plant. All in all, the Calathea just needs little sunlight. Always put the plant in a spot with (half) shade. This not only prevents brown edges on the leaves, but also makes for a happy Calathea.
Although the Calathea enjoys a relatively dark spot, it does drink a lot. It is best to give small amounts of water. The Calathea also likes high humidity. This means it’s best to use the plant sprayer daily. Everything for the plant, right?
Also such an easy plant: the Fern. Whether you’re talking about the Blue Fern, Crocodile Fern or the Nephrolepis Green Lady. All these easy plants grow best in the half shade. The plants live low to the ground in nature, so they quickly fall under the shade of large plants and trees.
Do you get Fern yellow leaves? Then the plant gets far too much light. Did you put the plant a little to the back? Then all you have to do is water it once a week. That’s it!
8. Rhapis palm
A palm that, like the Kentia, can stand on a fairly dark spot. For the optimal location, place the Rhapis palm at a maximum distance of 5 meters from a window. This way the plant keeps its deep dark green leaves. Will the leaves be very light? Then the Rhapis palm gets too much sunlight. Place the plant a bit further away from the window.
The Rhapis palm needs water once every 1 to 2 weeks. If you forget the watering it’s no problem. The lighter the location, the more water the plant needs.