7 Easy Tabletop Houseplants
Choosing the right plant for your home is the key to success with houseplants. The simplest thing to start is often a small one (as little as possible in terms of time or money). Below you will find a list of some of the houseplants we recommend. In the context of a tabletop houseplant, anything that can be put on a table, a shelf, a credenza, a desk, a buffet, etc. In houseplant terms, these are typically 4 “, 6 “, & 8 ” pots.
Sansevieria (Mother in Law Tongue) are easy to grow. Snake plants come in many different shapes, sizes, and leaf patterns. You can use taller varieties as floor plants. Their leaves have different shapes and can be rounded, flat, concave, or variegated with dark green, silver, light green, yellow, chartreuse or white.
Snake Plant Care Tips
Water. Snake plants do not require frequent watering, but have to be carefully not to overwater them. Always let the soil be almost completely dry before watering again. Snake Plants usually require watering every two to six weeks, depending on your home’s humidity, temperature, and light levels..
This is a great plant to have if you often travel or ignore plants.
Lighting. Low to medium light. They don’t mind low light or high light, but do need some shade from direct sunlight (about 10′ away from a south or west window). Snake plants will tolerate low light, high light, and even low light.
The ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas, Zanzibar Gem) provides the most striking foliage and has become quite popular in recent years. They have stunning dark green foliage that is glossy or shining in appearance. ZZ Plants can also be used as floor plants.
ZZ Plant Care Tips
Watering. Infrequent watering. Every 2-3 weeks during summer, every 3-4 weeks during winter. Adjust the frequency according to your situation. It is important that you don’t overwater a ZZ Plant because it grows from a thick, round tuberous rhizome that stores water, as well as thick, fleshy roots & somewhat spongy stems.
Lighting. ZZ needs moderate to high light for it to thrive. Plants that grow in low light will suffer from little new growth and will grow with stiff stems. Keep plants away from windows within 10 feet of the ceiling if there is a lot of light available.
Pothos (Epipremnum, Devil’s Ivy) is one of the easiest trailing houseplants to grow, and it looks great in hanging containers. It sometimes has variegated foliage or chartreuse foliage. Plants with solid green foliage will tolerate low light, while those with variegation or chartreuse foliage will require medium light. Pothos are moderate to fast growers. If planted in low light, they will grow more slowly.
Pothos Care Tips
Watering. Allow the soil to almost dry out and water the plant again after the water has drained from the pot. Depending on the temperature in your house, the size of the pot, type of pot, etc., the Pothos may only need to be watered once a month in warm months. In colder months, the Pothos may require less frequent watering.
Lighting. Low to Medium. A pothos does best in moderate light, although they can handle low light but will be limited in their growth. Low light conditions can cause a Golden Pothos to lose its variegation and become solid green. And, if they don’t get enough light, their leaves become smaller..
Spider Plant is another popular hanging/trailing plant. These trailing plants are often found in green/white and green/chartreuse color schemes. They are tolerant of a variety of conditions and highly adaptable and durable, making them one of the most easily maintained houseplants around.
Spider Plant Care Tips
Watering. The amount of water they need will vary depending on how warm and bright the environment is. Water them when they’re almost dry and let the water drain all the way through the pot. If your water contains too much salt, you may want to use distilled water. Consider watering hanging plants by placing them in the sink so you won’t have to guess when the water will spill.
Lighting. Medium to high light. However, if you have a variegated variety there is a possibility that it could revert to solid green if there is inadequate light. They are very adaptable to lighting conditions but prefer bright, indirect light (such as a west, north or east window).
Aloe Vera (Aloe barbedensis, Aloe, First Aid Plant) is a succulent & requires bright light for it to do well. A succulent that can be grown as a houseplant with minimal maintenance. When the plants are happy, pups (babies) will appear from the base of the mother plant. This is a very handy plant for the bathroom or kitchen because the plump leaves are full of gel that has a variety of healing properties. As the plant grows, the larger the leaves become because they are storing a lot of water & the gel.
Aloe Vera Care Tips
Watering. Easy does it, when it comes to frequency. Aloe Vera stores a lot of water in its leaves and thick roots. Depending on your environment, you should likely water it every two to four weeks. A too-frequent watering may cause your plant to rot. If the Aloe starts to smell or develop dark, transparent spots, then it is too wet. It may also crimp at the base of the leaves.
Lighting. Medium to high light. If you want your succulent to grow and for the leaves to get nice & plump, it would do best in a south or west exposure area of your home. In the case of east, make sure it is quite close to a window. Rotate it every few months to make sure it receives even lighting.
You may need to move the plant to a sunny place during the winter months. However, in the summer, keep it away from windows that receive direct sun light because this might burn the leaves. If your home or apartment is very dark, you should not try this plant.
This is one of the most popular succulent houseplants with fleshy oval-shaped leaves. It has been called or referred to as the money plant or dollar plant. It is easy and simple to care for jade plants. They are popular in homes and offices around the world, and they are regarded as a symbol of good fortune.
The jade plant belongs to the family of Crassula and is generally low maintenance. They need plenty of water and light to grow to their full potential. If given the proper conditions, the jade plant will produce white flowers in the late winter, making an attractive and slightly fragrant display.
Jade Plant Care Tips
Lighting. For the best results, place your jade plant in a room with south-facing windows, where it will receive four or more hours of sunlight each day.
Water. It is crucial to water jade plants often during the spring and summer to keep the soil moist but not wet, making sure the drainage is perfect. Watering should be reduced to once a month during the winter.
You should never allow a Jade plant to dry out completely. However, you should also avoid overwatering it, as this can cause root rot. When your jade plant is losing leaves or has spots, it probably needs to be watered more. Instead of irrigation on a regular schedule, water it when the soil is just dry to the touch.
Temperature. During the summer, they prefer temperatures between 65 F and 70 F. In the winter, they prefer temperatures between 50 F and 60 F.
Tillandsia is one of the most forgiving plants. Epiphytes depend on the air for moisture, so they perch on branches in frost-free environments and take their moisture from its spiky leaves.
Air plants absorb oxygen and nutrients through their leaves, while roots on members of the Tillandsia genus support their attachment to trees and other plants. Some varieties of air plants are large and have broad, strap-like leaves, while others are tiny and have thread-like leaves.
This mess-free plant can be mounted on driftwood, arranged in a basket, or set up in a mini terrarium without soil. They grow very slowly, and require only partial sunlight and a weekly dunking in water to stay healthy.
Most homes are not humid enough for air plants during the winter months, so regular watering of air plants is a necessary part of air plant care. Air plants absorb moisture through their leaves, so they prefer warm, humid conditions.
The moisture levels in bathrooms and kitchens make them the perfect spot for air plants, since showers, dishes, and dish washing all produce high humidity levels. Rooms with running fans are poor choices. The moving air causes the plants to dry out more quickly.
Air Plant Care Tips
Watering air plants via misting. Spray the entire plant every few days or so with water using a spray bottle or plant mister. After spraying the entire plant, try to place it on a towel to let it air dry for a few hours before putting it back into its decorative container.
Watering air plants in a bowl or sink of water. In this method, air plants will soak up the water a little more efficiently as it is able to soak through to the roots. To water air plants this way, fill up a bowl or sink with water and float the plants for 20 minutes to an hour a week. Place the plants on a towel to dry before placing them back on the display. Make sure to remove the plants from the water, turn them upside down so the excess water can drain, and then put them back into the water.
Air plants like bright but filtered light best. For best results, place your air plant near a west, east, or south-facing window. If you don’t think your air plant gets enough light, consider supplemental lighting using a fluorescent light or a table-top grow light.