Decorate your home using the perfect indoor house plants for small spaces. There are hundreds of beautiful house plants available to buy at the click of a button. House plant shopping is no different to shopping for clothes or shoes; the more plants we look at, the more confused we get. Sometimes it is because we have seen far too many varieties in the space of an hour. Other times, we have seen too many and now are confused about the size, lighting, care levels etc. Therefore, most of us will end up clicking away because we are feeling overwhelmed.
To make house plant shopping easy, especially if you are buying indoor plants for small spaces, I have listed 7 gorgeous indoor houseplants that you should consider for your home.
The Basics – Caring for Indoor House Plants in Small Spaces
If you live in a small space, such as a studio apartment or a loft, you want plants that will compliment your small space, not over take it. However, a couple of monstrous house plants in a small space will add character to your home. The indoor plants listed below will grow to the size of their pot. Therefore, if you want a plant to grow big, repot it to the desired pot and then leave it. If not, keep them in their existing pots or transfer them to a pot one size bigger than the existing one. Prune leaves whenever the pot is looking heavy.
How to Keep House Plants Vibrant
The best way to keep your indoor house plants vibrant and lush is by spending some time every couple of weeks wiping away the dust with a damp cloth. Once you have wiped the leaves, spray them with water to keep their surface moist. With the exception of succulent plants, which are desert dwellers and therefore do not require moisture, the rest of the plants listed below will need some form of regular humidity.
As a general rule of thumb, water the plants once a week. However, if the soil is still moist, leave it until another day. Over watering will damage your plant. If the plant is not receiving enough water, the leaves will wilt. That will be your sign that you need to water it.
Sunshine and Light
Most indoor house plants require medium to low light, therefore keep them away from direct sunlight. Succulent plants on the other hand will need bright light and some varieties will want direct sunshine.
Remove any leaves that have completely browned. Gently tug on the leaf and it will fall out. I tend to crush and put the leaves back in the pot. The leaves will breakdown over time and provide the soil with nutrients.
The 7 Indoor House Plants Perfect for Small Spaces
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Zebra House Plant
The zebra is a beautiful indoor house plant perfect for small spaces. Due to its texture and colours, it is also known as a cathedral or calathea leopardina plant. I have never understood why the scientific name is leopardina, when it is commonly known as the zebra plant. Talk about confusing the customer!
Anyway, the zebra plant can grow up to 60 cm in height and it does not need direct sunlight. In fact, this plant loves shady areas because it comes from the jungles of Central America, where such plants grow beneath the canopy of ginormous trees.
The zebra plant needs plenty of moisture; therefore, it will do well in the bathroom or kitchen. The leaves can have bright white veins against green, red and cream leaves, adding vibrancy to any room. Remember to wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to them keep them vibrant and fresh.
Calathea Peacock Plant
The calathea peacock plant is another gorgeous indoor house plant that is suitable for small spaces. The leaves fan out like peacock feathers hence giving it the name. The plant does need a humid environment so you can either place it in the bathroom or spray it regularly and keep the soil moist. However, remember not to overwater plant, the soil should be moist, not wet. Peacock plants need light, but not direct sunlight, therefore keep it away from windows. Given the right conditions, the plant will grow up to 2ft in height.
Peace Lily Indoor Plants for Small Spaces
The Peace Lily is a popular plant often found in living rooms and office spaces. They are some of the easiest plants to care for. My Peace Lily has been with me for over 4 years now and it is still going strong. All I do is water it and wipe the leaves on a weekly basis. Peace Lilies do grow very quickly. Therefore, you can either repot to a bigger pot, or divide them in 2 parts and grow them as 2 separate plants. To thrive, this house plant will need a bright room. Placing the peace lily in a room with partial sunlight, will help produce white flowers.
Pachira Aquatica Tree
The Pachira Aquatic, also known as the Money Tree can grow into huge indoor plants because they are originally from swamps in Central and South America. In the wild, these gorgeous trees can grow up to 60 feet tall. Do not worry, your indoor houseplant will not grow that tall because you can control its growth by potting it according to the size you want in your home. Indoors, the plant can grow up to 2 metres in height, depending again on the pot size. It thrives in full sun and partial shade. This plant is ideal for placing near windows and does well in the living room. If you have a south facing window, that is where you should place the money tree.
Chinese Money Plant
The Chinese Money Plant on the other hand, is a dainty looking plant that has become one of the most popular indoor house plants in small spaces. The plant has its origins in the southwest region of China, hence its name.
Its delicate and rounded appearance give the room a feeling of calmness and serenity. Fortunately, this plant does well in light but not bright sunlight, therefore making it another great contender for small spaces. The plant has become so popular that it can be difficult to find one. Due to its high demand, the Chinese money plant sells out quickly. The money plant can grow up to 30cm in height and fill the pot with beautiful round leaves.
If you want no fuss, easy to care for indoor house plants, then you should definitely go for desert dwelling plants, known as succulents. They are low maintenance, rarely need to be watered or repotted. Succulents from the Crassula family are beautiful and unique looking. The Gollum and the Ripple Jade plants, for example, bring some form of uniqueness into the home. These house plants will do very well in bright, sunlit rooms.
Whilst most succulents need direct sunlight, aloe plants want a bright room with little direct sunshine. Therefore, they are some of the most common succulents that you will find in most homes. They are easy to grow and they do no need a lot of direct sunlight. Aloe leaves produce a gel that is used as a soothing cream. Their use as a healing plant has therefore made them popular in kitchens.
Benefits of House Plants in Small Spaces – Health, Wealth and the Environment
Whether it is indoors or outdoors, plants are good for our health and the environment. Most indoor house plants, if purchased as small plants are also reasonably priced. There are many benefits of decorating your home with house plants. For example:
- They improve our stamina because tending to plants enables some form of indoor physical activity.
- House plants help with stress reduction and improve mood swings.
- Whilst plants in the garden will keep the air clean outside, indoor house plants will improve the quality of the air that you are breathing inside the home.
- They increase humidity and produce Oxygen.
- Indoor house plants for small spaces on average will cost between £10-£25 per plant.
- With a bit of tender love and care, house plants will thrive for several years.
- Unlike physical objects, plants naturally decompose therefore reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.
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