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Various sized potplants sit next to a couch with cushions.
Most plants not only need sufficient water and nutrition, they also need sufficient sunlight. Still want to brighten up your home with some indoor plants? Make sure you choose the right one!

Who should you turn to?

Maybe you expect a small list of indoor plants that is dwarfed when compared to the tropical livisonia but nothing could be less true. Some plants are even made for dark spots and don't take a back seat to the tropical species that only grow with a lot of sunlight. 


The calathea, for example, loses its beautiful pattern when it sees sunlight. However, it does require high humidity. In the winter, when the heater is on, it is wise to give the plant a refreshing rinse every now and then. In doing so, the soil in the pot needs to remain a little bit moist at all times.

A calathea in a pale pink pot.

Grass lily

The grass lily is a jewel! Not only does this plant do great in dark places. It also needs little care. Do you neglect your plants sometimes? Then the grass lily is the perfect plant for you. You only need to water it 2-3 times per week. Still forgot it for a week? Nothing is lost! After cutting the rotten leaves, they grow right back.


There is no indoor plant that does as well in the dark as the rhapis. The less light, the deeper and more beautiful its green colour will be. Do ensure the soil of the plant remains moist. The advantage of dark places is that the soil remains moist longer than when the plant is placed in the sun.

Caryota mitis

Looking for a tropical species? You might expect that a tropical plant always needs a lot of sunlight. But the caryota mitis, also known as fishtail palm, works great in dark spots around the home. Do make sure the soil doesn't dry out. This plant always needs plenty to drink. However, it doesn't like standing in the water with its roots... Not the easiest client but if you take good care of it, it is a very beautiful one.


This plant is a true chameleon. It grows great in a sunny spot as well as in the shadows. If you aren't blessed with a green thumb, this plant is your best friend. It drinks little water and can even go without moisture for weeks. So when you're on vacation, because YOU do want to catch some sun, it still blooms when you come back; perfect! 

A Sanseveria plant.

Brighten up even the darkest corner

Now you know which plants will thrive without sunlight, head into your local Bunnings to pick one up. If you need a pot plant, check out Elho’s eco friendly range too. 


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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.