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Growing Plants When You Live in a Dark House

Whether you are an avid gardener or a beginner gardener, it can be frustrating when you don’t have enough space in your backyard to start a garden. It can be equally frustrating when you try to start a garden indoors and your plants keep dying.

If you’re living in a basement with few windows or living in a home that gets a low amount of natural sunlight, chances are that you’re struggling to keep your plants alive because they aren’t getting enough sunlight.

Don’t give up, though. Reevaluate your situation and see if one of the following solutions could work for you.

Buy Low-light Indoor Plants

Low-light indoor plants are a great solution when you’re looking to add some greenery to your décor. There are plenty of plants that thrive in darkness for you to choose from. All plants require some light for the photosynthesis process, but some plants are more tolerant of low light conditions than others. However, none of these plants require direct sunlight.

What are Low-light Indoor Plants?


Examples of popular low-light indoor plants include the snake plant, golden pothos, the peace lily, and the philodendron.

You’ll notice that most low-light indoor plants have dark green foliage. This is because plants with darker foliage are more efficient at photosynthesis, which means that they can get by with less sunlight. They also tend to grow slower than other plants.

Caring for low-light indoor plants is very simple. They need less water and fewer nutrients than other plants. The soil needs to dry out a little before each watering.

If you overwater a low-light indoor plant, they’ll become soggy and moldy and will die. You’ll still want to research the best method of care for whichever plant you choose to grow. Some low-light plants require a higher level of care than others.

Growing Plants When You Live in a Dark House


Of course, growing a houseplant is different from growing fruits or vegetables. While there are some vegetables that grow in shaded conditions, they still won’t do well growing inside a house or apartment that receives little to no sunlight.

If you’re hoping to grow vegetables or fruit, you’ll have to supplement your light or join a community garden.

Supplement Your Light

With the right type of light, you can grow your own herbs like cilantro, green veggies, and small fruits indoors.

However, it’s important to remember that you can’t use just any light.

Grow lights are the perfect solution. Some grow lights supplement sunlight, while other grow lights completely replace direct sunlight. The most popular type of grow lights include fluorescent lights (CFL), high pressure sodium lights (HPS), and light emitting diodes lights (LED).

What are the most popular type of grow lights?

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You might be wondering how to choose a grow light that best meets your need. More and more consumers are turning to LED lights over traditional HPS lights for several reasons.

● LED lights are more energy efficient than HPS lights
● LED lights can be set closer to plant and do not get as hot as HPS lights
● It has been proven that plants grow bigger and faster under LED lights


While some may worry about the initial cost of LED lights, LED lights are more cost-efficient in the long run because they have a longer life span than HPS lights.

If you choose to go with an LED light, you won’t have to replace your lights nearly as often. Check out our best LED grow lights for 2020 reviews.

If you decide to grow under LED lights, you’ll want to research what vegetables and plants will grow best under them. If this is your first time growing under lamps, it is recommended that you start with a leafy green vegetable such as spinach, kale, or lettuce.

If you’re still not convinced that a grow light will work for your needs or your space, joining a community garden might be for you.

Join A Community Garden

If you don’t have a backyard and still want to grow vegetables and fruit in a more natural setting, joining a community garden is a great idea.

Community gardens allow people to buy smaller plots of land within a larger gardening space. The plots of land around you will be utilized by others in your community.

The benefits on joining a community garden include growing your own fresh produce, getting connected within your community, and beautifying your city or town.

The rules of the garden will vary by community, but most community gardens have rules in place that govern how plots are assigned, when the garden will be open, and who is responsible for shared areas of the garden such as paths and surrounding lawn.

About the Author Ann Katelyn

I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.

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