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Plants for Low Light Locations

By Steve Fahrner | Chicago Office Plant Rentals News | 0 Comments

Interior plant professionals talk about light level designations: low light, medium light, and high light. Most plants placed in interiors, business or residential, need to thrive or at least tolerate low light locations.

Light is measured in foot candles: one foot candle is the amount of light a candle illuminates one foot away. A location is considered low light if it has less than 100 foot candles available. Light levels can be measured by a light meter. The one we use is an iPhone app: Light Meter

Light is vital to plant health. Light is used by the plant in the process of photosynthesis to convert light to energy. When a plant is placed in a location with inadequate light, the normal reaction is for it to shed foliage to compensate.

Offices usually rely on fluorescent light illumination for 8-12 hours a day. This light is readily available for plants close enough to the light source. Light drops off dramatically away from light sources, artificial or natural window light. Because the drop off of light is not apparent, many people believe the location they’d like a plant situated has more light than it really does.

Residences typically have much less light available for plants than offices. Artificial light is less in intensity and availability. Windows tend to be smaller. Remember: the light next to the window is mostly gone 6 feet away.

The most important thing to do when caring for plants in low light situations is to let the plant dry out thoroughly between watering. Plants in low light rarely need to be watered more than bi-weekly. We sometimes water on a 4 week schedule for plants in very low light.

Check out our low light plant gallery to see plant varieties we use.


Everliving Greenery provides tropical plants for your lobby that accommodates the size and aesthetics of your space no matter the size. We provide the best interior landscape service available because we have a true desire to keep the plants under our care healthy and attractive all times. Call us today to schedule your free consultation.