Not enough Gardening Space in the Apartment? Give these Small Indoor Plants a Try

Not enough Gardening Space in the Apartment? Give these Small Indoor Plants a Try

Large sections of the population, especially the young adults, now live in apartments for college, work or other such purposes. These apartments can effectively house people but are somehow less spacious when it comes to décor.

Apartments are usually designed with little space. Sure, you can effectively have a bedroom, a living room and a kitchen but it can be a little confusing when you want to decorate the apartment with some kind of décor. Even placing plants can take quick thinking to move stuff and make space for the plants.

Even if there is space, large plants often look out of place in some apartments. Thus, small plants are the best to choose from as they easily blend in the space and are also good to look at.

Small Plants for Home

If your apartment does not have enough space, always go for small house plants. Here is a list of some small plants for homes that you can easily decorate your apartment with.  

  1. Aloe Vera

Best for skin and hair care

Now, we all know about the medicinal properties of Aloe Vera, but do you know it can pass off as a great small indoor plant? Yes, it can. Just make sure that the plant gets plenty of indirect sunlight and is watered only after the soil starts turning dry.

  1. Jade Plant

Oval-shaped leaves

The Jade plants are mostly known for their thick and glossy green leaves. With the right care, the Jade plant can easily survive for decades. Make sure that you place the plant in bright indirect sunlight and wipe the leaves clean every once in a while.

  1. Lucky Bamboo

A symbolic plant

The Lucky Bamboo is a common sight in several households and other indoor settings. It can grow in soil as well as in water, which needs replacing every 7 to 10 days. The plant grows best in bright indirect sunlight and well-draining soil.

Room Decorating Plants

Plants can be an effective piece of décor at home, or any other indoor or outdoor setting. They can easily brighten up the dimmest and dullest of rooms. Here are some room decorating plants for you to choose from for your apartment.

  1. Oxalis

Leaves respond to light

The Oxalis plant is more popularly known as False Shamrock or Purple Shamrock. The plant thrives quite well when exposed to bright yet indirect sunlight. The leaves of the plant tend to open up when exposed to bright sunlight.

  1. Peace Lily

Beautiful white blooms

Peace lilies are common in most households. With their beautiful white blooms, they can easily brighten up any room. The plant can also do very well in partial shade. The Peace lily also has air-purifying qualities and helps to get rid of toxins.

  1. Polka Dot Plant

Looks best on shelves

The Polka Dot plant is called so because the green foliage of the plant is filled with some pink, red or white colour play. The pink polka dot plant is the most common in households. The plant can thrive well in bright indirect sunlight and well-draining soil.

Mini Indoor Plants

Mini indoor plants do great on desks or countertops. They are small in size and less fussy. Here are some mini indoor plants that you can pick from.

  1. Air Plant

Looks best in terrariums

The Air plants are an interesting plant species that do survive off the soil. Yes, you read that right. You can easily place the plant in a terrarium, hanging it or at a desk. The plant requires full sun and some nice air circulation.

  1. Baby Toes

A kind of succulent

As the name suggests, Baby Toes gets its name as the foliage of the plant seems to resemble the toes of infants. These unique-looking plants can easily be the centre of attention in any room. Make sure that the plant is placed at a spot with indirect sunlight.

  1. Echeveria

Threatened by overwatering

Echeveria is a succulent that is often spotted in households, offices and other indoor settings. The plant can do well when exposed to partial light as well as the full sun. However, take care that you do not end up overwatering the plant.

Small Indoor Plants

Here is another bunch of small indoor plants that can easily fit into apartments and other compact housing or other indoor situations.

  1. Asparagus Fern

Looks best on shelves

The Asparagus Fern, although named a fern, is a member of the lily or the Liliaceae plant family. The plant does best in partial shade and needs to be planted in some good quality well-draining soil.

  1. Chinese Money Plant

A symbol of good luck

The Chinese Money plants are often referred to as Missionary plants as well as it was first discovered by a Norwegian missionary. The plant is extremely easy to care for and is believed to be a symbol of good luck, wealth and abundance.

  1. Kalanchoe

A kind of succulent

The Kalanchoe plant produces beautiful blooms and is known for being one of the most beautiful small indoor flowering plants. The plant is succulent and prefers to grow in some good quality well-draining soil and requires bright indirect sunlight.

Low Light Miniature Indoor Plants

Many apartments face the problem of not having access to enough sunlight exposure to the plants. In such a case, low light indoor plants are what you need. Here is a list of low light indoor plants that you need if your apartment does not let in enough sunlight.

  1. Money Plant

Grows well in water

Money plants are quite common in Indian households; almost every Indian household has this plant. The plant is believed to be a symbol of abundance, wealth and prosperity and grows well in low light. The plant also has minimal care requirements.

  1. Moth Orchid

Beautiful blooms

A flowering plant, the Moth Orchid can make for a perfect desk plant. The plant produces beautiful blooms and has a large variety to offer, all producing different coloured blooms. The dwarf variety of the plant grows up to a manageable height of 12 inches.

  1. Spider Plant

Shoots out Spiderettes

Anywhere you go, around the world, the tabletopsSpider plant is one plant that is common in different households. The Spider plant has minimal care requirements and can thrive well in low light settings. The plant propagates by shooting out small Spiderettes.

Small Trees for Home

Trees always look good in an indoor setting. These trees are small in size and can easily fit into an apartment. Have a look at these small trees for home.

  1. Fiddle Leaf Fig

Native to tropical regions

A Fiddle Leaf Fig tree usually grows up to a height of 19 feet when planted indoors, but can easily be managed at a smaller height. The plant thrives best in bright indirect sunlight and average humidity. Water the plant enough so that the soil remains moist and not wet.

  1. Money Tree

Known for ‘braided’ trunk

Also known as Pachira Aquatica, the Money tree is mostly known for its trunk that has a braided texture. The Money tree loves moisture and high levels of humidity. Regular misting can help to achieve the humidity requirements of the plant.

  1. Rubber Tree

Looks great in corners

Rubber trees generally grow up to 10 feet tall, but can easily be managed at a much smaller height, with some regular pruning. Pruning also helps to encourage new growth in the plant. The plant tends to grow well when exposed to bright indirect sunlight.        

Tiny Indoor Plants

Tiny indoor plants aren’t just meant for small apartments. They do well in all kinds of settings, no matter how big or small the space is. Have a look at these tiny indoor plants as they might be just what you need.

  1. Anthurium

Produces beautiful blooms

Anthurium is what you need to brighten up a small indoor space. The plant can easily be maintained at a desirable height and also rewards the caretaker with some beautiful bloom. The plant thrives best when placed in some bright yet indirect sunlight.

  1. Lithops

Looks best on tabletops

Lithops is a popular small indoor houseplant, more commonly referred to as Living Stones, as the plant resembles small stones and pebbles. The plant does great in warm temperatures and has little watering needs.

  1. Peperomia

Grows in clusters

The Peperomia is an ideal choice for small indoor spaces as the plant tends to grow in clusters. The plant has thick green foliage that is capable of storing water for the plant, helping it survive some periods of drought.

Low Maintenance Small Indoor Plants

Most of us seldom have time to voraciously look after or attain the several different needs of plants. That does not mean we should not have plants. It just means that we need some low maintenance plants that do not require much care. Here are some low maintenance small indoor plants that can be great for apartments.

  1. Chinese Evergreen

Known for variegated foliage

The Chinese Evergreen, also popularly known as Aglaonema, is one plant that can adapt to a variety of different living conditions. The plant prefers growing in low light or partial shade and should not be placed at a temperature exceeding 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

  1. Snake Plant

Impossible to kill

The Snake plant, popularly known as the Mother-in-law’s plant, is a very common house plant. The plant is also bestowed with air-purifying qualities and thus, helps us with some cleaner air to breathe in. The plant is known to be practically indestructible.

  1. Zamioculcas Zamiifolia

Also known as the ZZ plant

Zamioculcas Zamiifolia, or the ZZ plant, is known to thrive best in neglect. The ZZ plant grows well even in low light and requires watering only when the soil turns dry. Most of the time, the plant needs to be watered only once a month or so.

Small Indoor Cactus Plants

Cactus is a plant that is a favourite among many, plant parents or not. The Cacti plants are easy to grow and maintain, as they have very few care needs. Here are some small indoor Cactus plants that you can bring home.

  1. Angel Wings Cactus

Produces edible fruits

Scientifically referred to as the Opuntia albispina, the Angel Wings Cactus grows in evenly shaped clusters. The plant is a member of the prickly pear plant family and is native to Mexico. The plant also produces yellow blooms and edible red blooms.

  1. Barrel Cactus

Can survive decades

The Barrel Cactus is another popular and slow-growing Cacti variety. The plant can survive for decades and takes a very long time to reach its full height. This makes the plant a perfect desk plant for years at an end.

  1. Saguaro Cactus

A slow grower

The Saguaro Cactus is one of the most beautiful and popular varieties of Cacti. The plant can generally grow up to 40 feet, but that will easily take many years. As a small desk plant, the Saguaro cactus loves the full sun and requires watering once a fortnight.

Small Leaf Indoor Plants

Plants with big leaves or too leafy plants often get fussy and can be a little difficult to maintain. Plus, they end up taking a lot of space. So here are some small leaf indoor plants that are easy to maintain and do not take up a lot of space.

  1. Aralia Dwarf

Thrives in partial light

Quite contrary to its counterpart, the Aralia Dwarf has small-leaved foliage that makes the plant a good fit for small spaces. There are also variegated varieties of the plant that sport multi-coloured foliage. The plant is also known as Polyscias.

  1. Baby’s Tears

Looks best in hanging baskets

The plant is rightly called Baby’s Tears as the round leaves of the plant look very similar to teardrops, especially those of an infant. It is a trailing creeper, but can easily be managed as a potted plant, and looks best in hanging baskets.

  1. Mini Syngonium

Multi-coloured foliage

The Syngonium plant is more popular than the Arrowhead plant or five fingers. The plant is popular for its beautiful foliage and is quite easy to maintain. The Mini or Dwarf Syngonium is a miniature version of the plant, perfect for small apartments.

Small Pots for Indoor Plants

Choosing the right planter for a plant is important to care required for all plants. As we are talking about small plants here, it would be quite odd if you bought some large planters for the plants. Here are some small pots for indoor plants that would work extremely well for the plants mentioned here.

  1. Bulb Plant Stands

Bulb-shaped planters

A rather innovative design, these planters are shaped like bulbs. These tiny bulb planters are great for desks, tabletops and other countertops. Plants like the air plant look good in the bulb plant stands.

  1. Groot Planters

An adorable addition

Groot is one of the most popular and adorable characters in The Avengers movie series. This popularity has made Groot planters a rather popular choice for indoors. The tiny size of the planter makes it perfect for growing small indoor plants.

  1. Modern Ceramic Planters

Modern yet minimal

Ceramic planters are great for indoor plants. These planters look best in pastel colours and as one-coloured planters. It is particularly great for plants like Snake plants, Spider plants, etc.


Here we have answered some FAQS about small indoor plants.

What are the best small fruit plants for home?

Several fruit-bearing plants can be effectively grown indoors. Eminent among them are the Dwarf Mulberry tree, Lemon plant, Strawberry plant, etc.

How do you take care of a small rubber plant?

To take care of a small rubber plant, make sure that the plant gets enough of the bright sunlight. The plant can also thrive very well in low light but bright sunlight is essential for healthy growth.

How do you take care of a small spider plant?

To take care of a small spider plant, make sure that the soil used remains a moist consistency. Expose the plant to some bright yet indirect sunlight and water it once a week or so.


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