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6 Tall Low-Light Plants for Indoors

Tall indoor plants that thrive in low light bring plenty of greenery to your home. These plants also add flair to your space, even in those dark corners of the room.

Learn more about these giant plants, and where to place them for maximum exposure to low lighting.

Rubber Plant

Indoor Rubber Plant
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Native to Southeastern Asia, the rubber plant is a tropical ornamental plant with large green or variegated waxy leaves that can grow up to 12 inches long and 5 inches wide. This mammoth plant can reach heights of 10 feet indoors, so make sure you have plenty of space.

Rubber plants tolerate bright indirect light or shadier conditions with shelter from the afternoon sun. Place them in a corner of your home near a north or east- facing window, so that they are not exposed to any direct sunlight.

The plant tolerates low humidity and is easy to care for as water requirements are low. When the soil in the container is slightly dry, it’s time to water. Rubber plants thrive in temperatures between 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Because rubber plants like indirect light and shady areas, they are perfect choices if you have high ceilings with north or east-facing windows.


Indoor Monstera Plant
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Monstera is also called the Swiss cheese plant because of the perforated holes in the large leaves. Indoors, this stunning plant can reach heights of over 10 feet! Because it’s a tall vining plant, try placing a moss-covered stake or trellis to help your plant climb as it would in its natural habitat — the rainforests of Mexico and Central America.

The active growth period is from March until September, so your plant should be protected from direct light sources. Monstera thrives in low-filtered light or light shade. In winter, you can increase light exposure.

Place your monstera in peaty soil and keep the compost moist, but not wet. As this plant thrives in high humidity, mist daily, or even try a wet pebble tray to retain moisture.

Monstera is a great plant if you have a place that does not have south or west -facing windows.

ZZ Plant

 Indoor ZZ Plant
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Native to East Africa, not only does this hardy plant have a great name, but it’s easy to care for because it tolerates low-light conditions, doesn’t need much watering, and can reach a tall, yet manageable height of 3 feet.

Lighting requirements are important for the ZZ plant; it prefers indirect to low light with an indoor temperature between 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll notice very quickly if your plant is receiving too much light as the leaves whiten, curl up, and scorch.

The sturdy rhizomes of the plant help to store water in times of drought. In winter, during low-light conditions, water once a month when all soil content in your container is dry. Interestingly, this plant can survive without water for one to two months!

Corn Plant

Indoor Corn Plant
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The corn plant is the ultimate tropical addition to your indoor space. It gets its name from the stalk that resembles a corn plant.  The plant is stately and can reach indoor heights of 10 to 40 feet! It has variegated green leaves with a vertical yellow stripe through the middle or on the outer edges.

Corn plants thrive in low-light and partial to dappled shade with an average temperature not dipping below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

These plants can tolerate some neglect and only need to be watered once a week when the soil is dry down to 1 inch in depth. A sign that you are overwatering your corn plant is when the leaves become droopy and begin to yellow.

The corn plant is a winner if you have low light coupled with dappled shade that appears in late afternoon, so an east-facing window is ideal for this giant.

Fiddle-Leaf Fig

Indoor Fiddle Leaf Fig
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The fiddle leaf fig is native to western and southern Africa and can reach indoor heights between 2 and 10 feet with the leaves growing up to 8 inches in length. A focal point of the fiddle leaf fig is its irregularly shaped leaves that resemble a violin or fiddle.

This plant thrives in loamy and acidic based soil with partial shade to bright indirect light. Keep the plant away from the afternoon sun as it is sensitive to direct light.

Fiddle-leaf figs don’t like to be overwatered, so reduce watering from late autumn to late winter. Water regularly during the growing season.

This plant is an excellent choice as it loves partial shade and indirect light, so it’s ideal if you live on the ground floor or basement of a house. Make sure you have high ceilings to accommodate the plant’s maximum height of 10 feet.

 Madagascar Dragon Tree

Low-Light Dragon Tree
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The dragon tree is an excellent choice for beginner gardeners as it tolerates drought and many different light conditions. It has tall slender leaves with tinges of red at the tips. The plant prefers indirect light but bodes well in lower light too, so don’t worry if you don’t have enough natural light in your place! Remember to keep your dragon tree away from direct sunlight or the leaves will scorch.

The tree can grow up to 6 feet tall, and pruning is always an option if you want to control the size and growth.

Watering your dragon tree is easy as it’s drought resistant. Simply allow the top half of the potted soil to dry before watering. Use distilled water instead of tap water as the plant is sensitive to fluoride.

Grow to New Heights!

These tall, low-light-loving plants will become the star of your household! They can even tolerate some neglect and are low maintenance. All you need is the right space to make these plants part of your home.

Do you have a favorite tall low-light plant? Leave yours in the comment field below!