12 Excellent Indoor Plants for Small Spaces

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House plants are a fantastic way to breathe life into your home. Greenery indoors adds color, purifies the air, boosts moods, and livens up indoor areas. Bringing the outdoors inside can bring new challenges for apartment dwellers or tiny home lovers with small spaces alike. Do you live in a small one-bedroom apartment and find yourself asking, how can I fit a flower in here? Where will it go? Will it be happy? How large will it get? Even though finding the perfect plant is harder for small spaces, it is possible, and all efforts should be exhausted to make it work. The benefits of having indoor plants are unmatchable to anything else.

Opting for large plants like palms and philodendrons may be hard to place, and aside from size, we must consider lighting. Most small spaces do not always provide the best and brightest light. Low lighting is not a big deal for the tiny space lover, but it is life or death for some plants. The goal is to find the perfect size plant that is capable of withstanding lower lighting conditions.

We have gathered a list of the best indoor plants for small spaces.

12 Excellent Indoor Plants for Small Spaces

This list is compiled of the best plants for small spaces, that can survive with low light, low maintenance, and do not require much space.

Golden Pathos Indoor Plants for Small Spaces

Golden Pathos

Golden Pathos are hands down the easiest indoor plant to manage. They do not require much work to survive, and some even say they are the plants that thrive on neglect. The Pathos can be placed in a laundry room, office, above a refrigerator, or even in the space above your kitchen cabinets. As Pathos grows, its vines will become long, but the great thing about these plants is you can simply trim them up to fit your preference and needs.

ZZ Plant

ZZ Plant

ZZ plants are one of the best for low light or highly shaded areas. Aside from low light, they only want to be watered when their soil is thoroughly dried, which for you means it’s okay to forget them sometimes accidentally. ZZ plants are compact and grow vertical, making them a great addition to kitchen counters, dining tables, bathroom counters, entertainment centers, and other small spaces.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

The infamous Aloe plants. One of the top five most popular indoor plants. Not only is this succulent easy to maintain, but it will also increase air quality, and the gel inside will soothe burns, bug bites, and scrapes. Aloe Vera is ideally placed in bathrooms, kitchens, or windowsills for easy access.

Snake Plant Indoor Plants for Small Spaces

Snake Plant

Snake plants are great for small areas. It is easy to care for, compact in size, and equipped with intriguing sword-like leaves, making them great conversational pieces. Add this succulent to end tables, nightstands, countertops, bookshelves, or place some vertical wall shelves for a nice design touch.

Dragon Tree

Dragon Tree

Dragon trees are whimsical and fun statement pieces for the plant lover. These trees are easy to maintain and take up minimal space due to their sleek appearance. These trees are perfect for filling in bare areas in walls or near entryways. 

Peace Lily

Peace Lily

Peace Lilies are calming by nature. They are suitable for the mind, body, and soul, making these beautiful flowers great indoors. Separating the positive spiritual effects, the peace lily is also a simple plant. This is one of the few that can thrive with artificial lighting and does not require much natural light at all.

Ivy

Ivy

Ivy’s are meant to be fun. Perfect for filling in bare spaces and allowing you to let your creative side flow. Ivy does like humidity; so, placement in or near a bathroom or kitchen is preferred for optimal growth. The Ivy can be aggressive and overtaking in its natural environment, but indoors with necessary trimming, you will have a beautiful and luscious addition.

Mistletoe Fig

Mistletoe Fig

If you lack space and sunlight, a Mistletoe Fig is the plant for you. These plants can survive in low lighting conditions and only require trimming when you desire. In addition, A bonus is these guys will produce colorful blooms during blooming season. A Mistletoe Fig is great for kitchens, living areas, bedrooms, or wherever you see fit.

Baby Toes

Baby Toes

Baby Toes are succulents with a unique appearance. These plants are great to place near your entryway, sofa, or other well-lit, high traffic area, to promote growth and get the conversations flowing. However, these are the opposite of most succulents; their growing seasons are spring, fall, and winter, leaving them dormant in the summer months.

Jade Plant

Jade Plant

Jade plants can thrive for years with proper care, providing beautiful, shiny, green oval-shaped leaves. These plants do prefer bright sunlight; however, these succulents can survive in more shaded areas. These small space plants do well on tabletops, counters, or windowsills.

Lucky Bamboo Indoor Plants for Small Spaces

Lucky Bamboo

The Lucky Bamboo plant prefers minimal light and will thrive in it. This plant is excellent for small indoor spaces. You can keep this plant in a typical soil or water medium. Bamboo plants are often kept in bedrooms or offices for feelings of Zen and helping you find your center. If you add a Bamboo plant to your indoor decor, it is doubtful you will have any regrets.

Rubber Tree

Rubber Tree

Large leaves, deep green foliage, and delicate appearance will make a Rubber Tree the center of attention for any room. Rubber trees can be placed on the floor, countertops, shelving, or even hanging baskets. If given a chance, Rubber trees can grow up to 10 feet tall; to keep the Rubber tree to the size you desire, trim them as necessary. 

Conclusion

Get creative with placement. Hanging pots are perfect if you lack floor space. Small pots above kitchen sinks or in bathrooms behind toilets are great for succulents. Moreover, vertical space is often overlooked, so check above your television, bed, and in-room corners to see if you can add high shelves.

FAQ

Most succulents are cacti-type plants, and most require bright indirect light. However, some like the Aloe plant, Jade plant, and Snake plant can tolerate partial shade. While they do not always need bright light, if your succulent starts appearing leggy, it may be too low of light.

Peace Lilies, English Ivy, Aloe Vera, Rubber plant, and Dragon trees all make NASA’s list of the best air-purifying plants as well as top our list for the best small space’s plants.

Ivy is an excellent option for small spaces. It is vining and can grow fitting to its area without taking much room. Ivy is perfect for around windows, bookshelves, doorways, bed frames, kitchen cabinets, and around mirrors, to quickly name a few places. Use Ivy to get creative with your foliage placement.

Dragon Trees are great for small spaces. They usually grow more vertical rather than wide. Any plant will potentially need some trimming from time to time if it starts becoming too large for the space it is in but, the Dragon Tree is explicitly great for small spaces.

Apartments, tiny homes, RVs, and small spaces in general typically lack natural lighting. While some plants can survive in low light, they may experience slower growth or reduced blooming seasons. If you are fully aware of your lack of light, consider adding artificial grow lights or moving your plants outside for the day once weekly for at least a nice burst of sunlight to help optimize growth. If you are lucky enough to have at least one window that provides excellent light and multiple plants, try playing musical plants rotating them daily; that way, they all get a chance to soak in sunlight.

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