37 Small Indoor Plants To Bring Beauty Into Your Home
There are many reasons why you should have a few small house plants. Despite their small size, they can be grown almost anywhere, brighten up the smallest corner, and allow you to have access to many varieties of plants in a small area. In this article, I will share some of my favorite indoor plants, which I am sure you will enjoy.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Growing spider plants is easy and they are a great choice for any gardener, no matter the color of their thumb. The leaves have a variegated appearance and thrive on producing little offsets, making them a fascinating and rewarding specimen. The brown tips on this plant can be a problem if neglected, but otherwise it has few problems.
String Of Pearls Plant (Senecio Rowleyanus)
Due to its versatility, this unusual succulent makes an excellent houseplant. As it grows out of pots, it tends to cascade down, which can be very attractive draped over a shelf, windowsill, or when slung from a hanging pot. In order to grow String of Pearls Plant, its soil should drain well, it should be watered infrequently, and it should possess plenty of light.
Because there are so many species to choose from, and many grow slowly and remain small, cacti are ideal small indoor plants. In spite of their name, cacti are tolerant of a wide range of lighting conditions, so you don’t have to place them on a sunny windowsill to grow them. When it comes to cacti, they are great if you often forget to water them, since they are adapted to survive periods of drought. It is best to avoid overwatering your cactus, since they aren’t fond of it.
You can find a variety of Calathea houseplants to choose from, and many have magnificent foliage, which will add some flair to your home. All four of these tree-like plants, Calathea crocata, Calathea lancifolia and Calathea orbifolia, have a strikingly beautiful appearance. Most species fit comfortably on a side table or shelf even though they are a little bigger than some of the other plants on this list. Plants of the Calathea genus are generally more fussy about their care, requiring more precise watering, humidity levels, and temperature controls than their smaller counterparts.
Due to their finicky nature, I often suggest using filtered or distilled water when growing Calatheas. You shouldn’t be intimidated by the challenge of growing Clatheas. They are well worth the effort and are among the most rewarding plants to grow indoors.
English Ivy (Hedera helix)
Plants such as English Ivy have such versatility as indoor plants. Easily grown in a simple pot, with the vines spilling out of the sides, which makes a wonderful display, but it can also climb just about anything. A trellis, wall or even a shelf will be easily accessed by it if you give it an opportunity. There are many different shades of green available in English Ivy, as well as some striking variegated varieties. The plants need to be well watered when they are young, but they can tolerate plenty of neglect once they are established.
In an indoor space, a variety of bromeliads such as Guzmania, Aechmea Faciata, and Neoregelia creates a beautiful display of color. This plant makes an ideal table plant because it is easy to care for, blooms for many months, and is typically easy to grow. Bromeliads are epiphytic plants, meaning that they attach themselves to branches, rocks and other plants using their roots rather than preferring soil. By using a cup formed from the foliage they store water so that they can use it whenever they need it. You should provide your bromeliad with plenty of bright light, but keep it away from direct sunlight. Place them close to a window that faces east or west instead of directly in front of one.
Chinese Elm Bonsai
It is one of the most popular and forgiving indoor bonsai trees. New growth is readily produced from old wood and the species grows strongly. In order to master the art of bonsai growth, one must master the science of pruning and caring for the tree for a long time. The novice gardener, however, will find that these plants are extremely interesting and offer a chance to hone their skills as they get more advanced.
It is recommended to plant Chinese Elm Bonsai in potting mix that has a high proportion of inorganic material to ensure good drainage. Compacted or poorly draining soil will cause your plant to struggle to thrive. Bonsai Chinese Elms prefer bright light and can tolerate a south-facing window most of the year. Semi-deciduous trees are those that are dependent on light and temperature throughout the colder months. Even if your trees lose quite a few leaves over winter, you should not be concerned, because they will return next spring with renewed vigor.
Asparagus Fern (Asparagus aethiopicus)
I find this fern quite lovely, with its feathery foliage and cool green colour, as if it came from a fairy garden. This plant will remain healthy and bushy if the humidity is high. You should also prune well to maintain a healthy appearance.
Zebra Haworthia (Haworthiopsis fasciata)
Its striped appearance makes the Zebra Haworthia a very eye-catching succulent. Plants in this category grow slowly, rarely exceeding 6-8 inches in height, so they are perfect for small nooks and crannies indoors. This plant is one of my favorites because it blends well with succulents and cacti. The plant is not difficult to care for, so even those with black thumbs shouldn’t be afraid. A window facing east or west will provide ideal lighting for this plant. If you want to avoid root rot, use a soak-and-dry watering method to replicate how most succulents get their water naturally. Zebra Haworthia are very easy to propagate. They will produce pups spontaneously that you can divide and use to build a collection of plants to give to friends. I love the idea of receiving a baby succulent as a gift.
African Violet (Saintpaulia)
This small houseplant is such a beautiful and popular choice that you’ll really stand out when you display it in your home. The only downside to growing African Violets is their rather demanding care requirements, which can prevent some people from enjoying this little gem. People most struggle with watering when they are caring for their loved ones. The african violet can tolerate moist soil as long as it doesn’t become soggy. Therefore, keep an eye on your plant daily, and water as soon as the soil begins to look dry.
The type of water you use for African Violets is critical, so make sure to use room temperature water that has been filtered or left to stand for 24 to 48 hours. You must only water African violets from the bottom, since water that gets on the leaves can cause unsightly foliar spots, which will damage the appearance of your plant. The high humidity level requirements and need for precise lighting make cultivating African Violets a challenge. The cyclamen is not an ideal choice for a first indoor plant, but for those looking to increase their challenges, few small houseplants are quite as rewarding.
Paddle Plant (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora)
Its rosette-shaped leaves resemble paddles and it is commonly referred to as the flapjack plant. Despite its small size, it’s an enjoyable small houseplant to take care of. Make sure it’s relatively dry and cultivate it in fast-draining soil and you won’t have any problems. When growing succulents, use a pot that isn’t too large, as this will allow the potting mix to dry faster and prevent the most common problem, root rot. A bright indirect or full-sun location will prevent this plant from stretching.
Lavender is not only beautiful, but wonderfully fragrant as well, so it is a good choice if you want an indoor plant with a lovely scent. It is best grown indoors in a south-facing window because it needs bright light to thrive. Every week or so, rotate the pot to ensure even plant growth, and water thoroughly once the soil has dried on top. When the soil has become too moist or dry, the plant will display symptoms of distress. Monitor the moisture level regularly.
String Of Hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii)
String of Hearts Plants, also known as Rosary Vine, are attractive small houseplants that climb and hang from their pots, thus providing a fascinating display. In pairs, the leaves are shaped like hearts and grow along the vine. Unique houseplants like this have delicately patterned leaves and pink undersides, which adds to their beauty. Individual vines can reach a length of several feet, giving you plenty of options for displaying this beautiful plant in your home. String of hearts plants need a lot of light and sparing water, but they can also tolerate neglect.
Button Fern (Pellaea rotundifolia)
It’s so satisfying to look at the dark green, button-shaped leaves attached neatly to the delicate stems of the Button Fern. Considering it is smaller than most other fern houseplants, it is an excellent choice for a bright bathroom window. It is crucial for Button Ferns to have high humidity levels and to have well-draining soil to prevent root rot
Baby Tears Plant (Soleirolia Soleirolii)
The teeny tiny leaves are such a delight to grow. A sweet little plant in a tiny pot, it spills over the edges as it grows, creating a hanging effect of both height and width. This small indoor plant looks difficult to grow, but baby tears plants are actually very easy to grow and very versatile. Because it can tolerate relatively low light conditions, it is perfect for darker corners of your house. As some of its requirements are high, I group it with nerve plants and polka dot plants in terrariums to create a unique look.
Aluminum Plant (Pilea cadierei)
A small indoor plant with vibrant green oval leaves that is named for the metallic detailing on its leaves. That gives it a really attractive appearance with high contrast. As long as you provide bright, indirect light and water when the top inch or so of the soil is dry, you will have no problem caring for Aluminum plants.
Desert Rose (Adenium)
If you can provide the high light requirements for this succulent, it will produce a great display of flowers in red, pink, yellow, or white. The Desert Rose, unlike many of the other houseplants on this list, can thrive if given enough light and warmth. As succulent plants, they tolerate a lack of watering, so they can survive neglect. With its spectacular blooms, the desert rose is a pure delight in an indoor space, and the swollen trunk, known as a caudex, is almost as interesting, though in a very different way. Desert roses are sure to attract attention whenever visitors come to your home, and since they are so easy to maintain, there aren’t many reasons not to get one.
Cape Primrose (Streptocarpus)
People who want the benefits of an African violet, but would like it to be a bit easier to care for, should consider the Cape primrose. The Cape Primrose is a great houseplant because it is more tolerant of its growing conditions and has equally beautiful blooms. A regular watering schedule and bright sunlight will be beneficial to your Streptocarpus plant. Dead flower stalks can be pruned at their base to promote further blooming and you can enjoy flowers all year long.
Crown Of Thorns (Euphorbia milii)
Despite its compact size, it produces beautiful displays of color in the form of bracts, which surround the tiny flowers. A variety of colors, including red, pink, yellow, and white, are available. This plant can be grown as a small indoor plant, but outside it reaches a height of over 5ft. Since it does not require much care, it is suitable for beginners. The right kind of light is essential to promote blooming. It belongs to the Euphorbia genus, and is quite toxic, causing irritation on contact and more serious symptoms if ingested. When you have pets or children at home, it’s important to keep these guidelines in mind.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read about some of my favorite indoor plants. You should be motivated to buy a few plants to brighten up your house now that you have read this. I wish you much growth.