Best Indoor Plants for the Basement

Basement Plants

It might seem like an impossible task given that light is an essential requirement for houseplants, but we are here to tell you that it is possible to grow indoor plants in basements, specifically ones that can tolerate low-light conditions. Here is a list of houseplants we recommend for confined spaces such as basements.

Plant Name Sunlight Requirement Space Needed Edible Safe for Pets Watering Frequency

Zanzibar Gems

Zanzibar gems, also known as ZZ plants, are the perfect household plants to fill up empty corners in the basement. They can easily tolerate low-light conditions. One of our readers mentioned that he left his basement ZZ plant in the dark for a week due to business travels and the plant was still doing okay once he came back. Pet owners, however, should avoid these houseplants since they could be toxic to cats and dogs.

Snake Plants

Snake plants are small to medium-sized houseplants that will freshen up the basement air due to their air-purifying properties (although you may need quite a few of these plants for any noticeable effect). They are easy to care for as the potted soil where the plants are placed in only need to be watered when it starts to dry out.


Pothos are popular houseplants due to having a variety of colored leaves. They will most definitely stand out and leave a positive impression in any basement space they are placed in. Popular varieties of pothos include the golden pothos, marble queen pothos, neon pothos, and jessenia pothos. The golden pothos offers the cleanest look, while the foliage of the marble queen pothos comes with an interesting splash of white.


Certain varieties of dracaenas will make good basement plants as long as you provide an optimal artificial light setup. Dracaena marginatas, for example, can tolerate lower-light levels and are easy to care for. They are also known as the dragon plant for their long spiky leaves. They also have air-purifying properties like the snake plant.


Peperomias are succulents with dark, vibrant leaves. They are low-maintenance houseplants that can tolerate the partial shade conditions of some basement spaces. Popular varieties include the rubber plant, the trailing jade, the watermelon peperomia, and peperomia happy bean. In terms of placement, they are eye-pleasing additions to coffee tables as well as empty corners of the basement.

Common Questions About Basement Plants

Here are some common questions people ask about growing indoor plants in the basement.

What Plants Are Good for Basements?

You need to specifically look for houseplants that can tolerate low-light conditions unless you plan on building an indoor grow light system that can mimic the intensity of direct sunlight. Keep in mind that artificial light can also work for houseplants as long as they provide the optimal light wavelength. A mix of red and blue light is important for optimal plant growth.

What Qualities Should I Look for in Basement Plants?

Other than being able to tolerate low-light conditions, it may also help to get indoor plants that come with natural air-purifying properties. Basement spaces aren’t known for having the best air quality so having a few houseplants around may help filter out pollutants and toxins in the air. High humidity is also a common issue with basements so you will need to find a plant that can thrive in such conditions unless you have a dehumidifier which is turned on regularly.

How Do You Care for Basement Plants?

There are certain aspects of plant care you may need to pay closer attention to. For example, you may need to water the plants less frequently because the water absorption could be slower among plants that live in low-light conditions. Over-watering will lead to a whole variety of unwanted issues such as plant rots, yellow leaves, and the appearance of gnats and other common household pests.