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Little light house plants
For those who don't have a garden or a bright terrace but love nature, they don't have to give up their green thumbs. In nature there are plants that need little light and adapt to living in apartments. In this our study you will find all the names and characteristics for the cultivation of the most beautiful houseplants that grow well even in low light. These are green plants with an ornamental value that are ideal for filling a study, an office or a waiting room. They are easy plants to find almost everywhere, from the nursery to the shopping center ... are you ready to discover their names?
How to grow plants in the apartment
Most houseplants can be placed in any room of the house, taking into account their specific needs. Once you have chosen the corner of the house suitable for the growth of the plant, care must be taken, the plant is a living being that requires constant attention.
The variables to be taken into consideration and kept under control are many and vary according to the type of plant.
The most widespread and light-resistant houseplants are Zaima, Aspidistra, Chamaedorea, Filodendro and Ficus.
Zamia is one of the most resistant houseplants because it supports any type of cultivation. Zamia, originally from Tanzania, is made up of large tufts and fleshy stems where they grow flake-like leaves, dark green with small swellings. It presents a growth not too fast and produces flowers similar to the calla lilies of a color ranging from yellow to brown. It tolerates any type of light intensity, from direct light to shade, no need for special care. The Zamia needs regulated watering but taking care not to cause damaging water stagnation for the plant, in fact between a watering and another it is good habit that the soil is well dry. A fertilizer with low nitrogen content is ideal for fertilizing, this operation must be carried out at least once a month during the summer to guarantee the right nutritional supply to the plant. To reproduce the plant in the summer you can cut small leaves and sow them like bulbs.
Originally from Central America, the Philodendron belongs to the Araceae family, a group of plants of over three hundred species different in shape and size.
The Philodendron is very characteristic and ornamental and can be compared to a climbing plant, in fact it reaches considerable heights, precisely because of this peculiarity it can be of your types to harvest or with support, to harvest it grows on itself expanding in width with support instead it grows in height climbing the structure. The plant needs abundant water especially in the summer, the soil must always be moist but avoiding water stagnation that is harmful to the plant. The leaves are very delicate and therefore you have to keep them away from heat sources, avoid placing the plants in the kitchen or near stoves and heating systems.
Native to central-southern America, Chamaedorea is a plant similar to Palms, much smaller and can be grown at home. It presents a slow growth and is very long-lived, it is characterized by long and straight stems, of green color, and at the extremity they have leaves almost papery to the touch. To ensure good plant growth the soil must be very fertile, do not expose it to direct sunlight but prefer areas of half shade, ideal to place it in a living room near a window as it requires a lot of air.
The Aspidistra belongs to the family of the Liliacaese native to China, it adapts to grow in shady and fresh forests, it does not tolerate the direct rays of the sun, it is therefore one of the most suitable plants to grow in apartments with little light. The characteristic of this plant is precisely that of growing where the other plants could not survive due to poor humidity or due to total lack of natural light. It is one of the most long-lived houseplants because it lives even over a hundred years. The Aspidistra has a rhizome with sometimes mottled oval green leaves, producing dark red flowers that grow at the base of the plant. To ensure a good and long-lasting growth of the plant it is advisable not to expose it to the wind, so avoid placing it in apartments near air intakes, water with plenty of water in the summer and less in the winter, and in times of excessive heat it is a good habit spray water on the leaves. Fertilization must be carried out once a month during the summer with fertilizers with a high quantity of nitrogen.
Indoor plants with little light: The ficus
Ficus belongs to the Maraceae family. The Ficus has a single tall and straight stem of light gray color from which start many thin branches with large double leaves and a glossy green color, it has the shape of a small tree. It has a very fast growth and can reach three meters in height even if positioned in areas with low light. To ensure good plant growth, especially during periods of excessive heat, it is a good habit to water it two or three times a week with plenty of water, in winter the watering drops every couple of times a month. The Ficus does not need frequent fertilization.