Hanging Plants That Do Not Need Sunlight

We all know that plants need to be exposed to a certain amount of light in order to survive and thrive. Some plants, when kept in low light conditions for extended periods of time, will be negatively affected and may even die. This can be an issue for people who live in houses that do not get very much light for most of the year. Does this mean they cannot grow any plants inside their home? Of course not; it is just a matter of finding the plants that do not need much light to thrive.

In this article, we will discuss the various plants that do not need much sunlight, specifically the hanging varieties. So, if you are worried about your home being too dark and want to know which hanging plants you can grow, then keep reading.

Hanging plants that do not need sunlight

1. Sweetheart plant

Sweetheart plant
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The sweetheart plant is also known as the heartleaf philodendron. This plant grows very quickly and has heart-shaped leaves that make it one of the most sought-after houseplants.

It is also one of those hanging plants that generally prefer being indoors than outdoors because its leaves are sensitive to drying out if left under the sun for too long.

This plant does need to be watered as much as many others, and it can also withstand a wide range of temperatures.

The sweetheart plant can be placed near a window where it can get indirect light, but it can also tolerate low light. If you place it near a window and notice the foliage turning yellow, that could mean it is getting too much light and you may need to transfer it to a different spot.

This plant grows well in hanging baskets with its foliage spilling over the edge. Its leaves can grow to four inches long, while its stems can reach four feet long.

2. Pothos

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Pothos are very popular hanging plants that can also tolerate low light conditions. These plants are low-maintenance and also provide the added benefit of being able to purify the air in your home.

There are many different pothos varieties, with different patterns of green, white and cream colorations on their leaves. They make great office or bathroom plants because they do not mind the dreary lighting in these rooms.

Do not worry about placing these plants on the windowsill; they will do just fine getting a few hours of direct light. Just make sure you do not place them under direct light all day.

Let your pothos climb a pole or a nearby structure so that it does not become leggy and so that it has something to cling onto as it grows.

3. Chinese evergreen

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The Chinese evergreen is another plant that can be placed in a hanging basket and does not need a lot of light to survive.

The leaves of this plant have such lovely, festive colors that they can brighten any space. If you are looking for a more tropical feel, then this plant is the one for you.

Take note that the Chinese evergreen may only work as a hanging plant for the first few years of its life, because as it matures it can get quite big and may look awkward in a planter. Do not worry though, because you can simply repot it into a bigger container and place it on the floor or on a table, and it can still be kept indoors.

Chinese evergreens do not do well in bright light conditions, so avoid placing your plant near a window that lets in lots of light. Rather tuck it away in the darker corners of your living room and the plant should be completely fine.

4. Spider plant

Spider plant
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One of the most popular hanging plants is the spider plant. This plant gets its name from the fact that its leaves hang out to the sides, making it look like a spider.

This plant is low-maintenance and will require very little of you when it comes to plant care.

Just like the pothos, spider plants also have air purifying properties which is always a plus for indoor plants.

Spider plants actually have no problem in places with lots of light, but they also do well in low light conditions. Because these plants have no specific preference when it comes to light, they can be placed in any part of the house, no matter the source of light.

They make beautiful hanging plants because their leaves hang over the sides of the pot or basket and lend a very jungly feel to your living space.

Refrain from placing the plant where it will get persistent bright, direct light because this can burn the foliage.

5. Peperomia

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The peperomia is another plant that looks great in hanging pots or baskets, and it is also quite low-maintenance. These plants do not tend to become too big, which means they look great for long periods in a hanging basket with their small, patterned leaves.

There are many varieties of peperomia and you may need to adjust your care and maintenance according to the requirements of the specific type you have.

Most peperomias like a higher temperature and humidity than many other plants, so be sure to cater to those needs as best you can to keep your plant happy.

You can try keeping your hanging peperomia in your bathroom since that is one of the most humid parts of a house and the plant will be okay in the low light conditions of a bathroom.

Never leave your peperomia in a spot where it is constantly under bright, direct light because this can cause its foliage to burn.

6. English ivy

English ivy
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The English ivy, or the common ivy, is a climbing plant that also makes a good indoor hanging plant. The longer the stems and the more leaves the plant has, the more beautiful the cascading foliage will look hanging from the edges of the hanging pot or basket.

English ivy does not mind low light conditions and actually hates too much light.

Because its natural habitat is woodlands, it is safe to say it has thrived for millennia in dark forests.

Hang your English ivy in a basket in your living room and get ready for it to take over your space with its rapid growth. 

You can also place the basket on the floor and let the plant crawl along the ground to add personality and depth to your room’s decor.

7. Staghorn fern

Staghorn fern
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Staghorn fern fronds grow long and curl outwards, which is how the plant got its name.

There is no problem with placing your staghorn fern in a spot where it gets light, but never place it directly under the sun because this can cause the foliage to burn.

The best outdoor spot for the plant is under the shade of a large tree, but since we are talking about indoor plants, the staghorn fern also does well in low-light conditions inside your house.

Even when the plant is indoors, try to keep it a few feet away from a window, especially one that lets in lots of light, because this can still bun the plant’s fronds.

The staghorn fern is often displayed by mounting it on a piece of wood so that it has something to hold onto on your wall. It is a very unique-looking plant that will certainly become something of a statement piece in your living room.

8. Prayer plant

Prayer plant
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The prayer plant is another option that can be placed in a hanging basket, and this is also a flowering plant. It enjoys a higher humidity level than many other plants and soil that is well-draining and airy.

This plant likes bright, indirect light, but can survive in low light conditions without a problem. Just watch out for prayer plant stems that are becoming leggy, as this could be etiolation, which means the light is so sparse that the plant has purposefully started growing longer in one direction in order to reach the closest source of light.

Etiolation does not really have any chronic effects on the plant, but it does cause it to lose its symmetry. If you notice some legginess in your prayer plant, you might need to move it to a sunnier spot in your house.

9. Anthurium

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If you are looking for a hanging plant with more vibrant colors, the anthurium is a good choice for you. There are hundreds of different anthurium varieties and all of them produce flowers.

It might seem weird to place your anthurium in a hanging basket, but it will actually look very striking and will wow any guest that visits your home.

Anthuriums like well-draining soil and hate standing in waterlogged soil. If the soil in the pot is always wet, this can lead to overwatering and the plant could get root rot. Root rot is a condition where the plant’s roots drown in constantly soggy soil. The dead roots will become susceptible to opportunistic pathogens, and these pathogens will cause the rot to spread even faster to the rest of the plant until the entire plant succumbs and dies. The signs of an overwatered plant with root rot are drooping and yellowing leaves.

The perfect light for the anthurium is bright, indirect light. The plant may do fine in low light conditions, but it will be much happier if it gets a few hours of bright light each day. Depriving the plant of sunlight can also limit the number of blooms.

10. Fittonia

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The fittonia is another great choice for a hanging plant that is able to survive in low light conditions. This plant is native to parts of South America. Its leaves are mostly green, but they can have variations of purple, red, pink, and yellow.

If not for a hanging basket, this plant is also a great choice for a terrarium.

Use well-draining soil for this plant, to reduce the chances of overwatering and root rot. Even though the plant does well in low light, depriving it of light can affect the vibrancy of the colors on its leaves. So, if you do not want its colors to dull, place it closer to some light.

Fittonias can grow up to 18 inches tall if they are thriving and happy, and the happier the plant, the more lush and beautiful it will become.


Plants need light in order to survive, but each type of plant has its own preferred amount and type of light.

There are plants that like bright, direct light, while others prefer much less light and make good indoor plants.

There are a plethora of hanging plants that can survive and thrive in low light conditions, provided all their other needs are met. These plants are great for homes where there is little to no sunlight for several months of a year because they can still grow with no issues despite getting very little light.

Any of the plants listed above will make a great hanging plant in your home; it is a matter of personal preference as to which one you would prefer.