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Low-light? No problem! The Houseplant Guru has a plant for you

For many homeowners and apartment dwellers, lighting can be an issue when trying to grow plants indoors.

My home was built in the 1950s, so most of my windows are on the smaller side, meaning less natural light exposure. And sometimes it can be difficult to find plants that will accept — dare I even suggest, be happy with — my low-light offerings.

Snake plants, spider plants and monsteras can all be grown in low-light
conditions and are featured in "Grow in the Dark" by Lisa Eldred
That's why I was excited to receive Lisa Eldred Steinkopf's "Grow in the Dark: How to Choose and Care for Low-Light Houseplants." Her book highlights 50 houseplants that grow in low-light conditions. 50!

Steinkopf knows her houseplants: she grows more than 1,000 of them. She is known as The Houseplant Guru on Twitter and her blog covers a multitude of topics about indoor plants.

"Grow in the Dark" includes a wide assortment of plants that tolerate low-light conditions. Some choices include trendy plants, such as monsteras. I was also happy to find polka dot plants and piggyback plants tolerate low light as well (a nostalgic throwback for me, since my mother grew both varieties when I was growing up). Many of the plants Steinkopf highlights in her book can be found at local garden centers, too.

Steinkopf packs a lot of houseplant knowledge in her book. In addition to growing information and instructions on how to propagate different plants, Steinkopf also shares which plant varieties are toxic and nontoxic for pets. Having this information can help you choose plants that will be safe around your pets  — before you even bring them home.

Whether you are shopping for your first houseplant or you are a regular green thumb, "Grow in the Dark" will set you up for plant parent success.

"Grow in the Dark: How to Choose and Care for Low-Light Houseplants" retails for $25.

Quarto Knows provided me with a review copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine. 

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