16 Best Indoor Plants for Small Spaces | Small-sized Plants for Limited Spaces


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If you are limited in space for your houseplants, these small easy-care plants are perfect for your small spaces; do not be limited by space.

These are small-sized houseplants that can be grown on a table-top, on a plant shelf or stand, on a windowsill, in a hanging basket or any other place where space is limited.

We have outlined herebelow 16 Best Small Plants for the Limited Spaces. Keep reading.


The Easiest Small Houseplants for the Small Spaces

Our best selection of 16 small easy-care plants for limited spaces include; Nerve Plants, Pothos, Peace Lily, Heartleaf Philodendron, Snake Plant, Spider Plant, Chinese Evergreens among others. Read on for the full list.

1. Nerve Plants (Fittonia)

Nerve plant, Fittonia

Nerve plants also called Net Plant, Lace leaf or Snakeskin are low growing plants with a minimal outward spread. Due to their high humidity requirement, they are ideal for a humid bathroom, a bottle garden or a terrarium.

The attractive feature of Nerve Plants is the easily recognisable network of white, pink or red veins. Some popular Fittonia varieties are Fittonia argyronuera, Fittonia argyronuera nana (Dwarf Snakeskin Plant), Fittonia vershaffeltii (Painted Net Leaf) among other varieties.

Fittonia grow best in medium to bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and consistently moist, rich, well-drained soil. Read more on how to grow and care for Nerve Plants.

2. Pothos (Scindapsus aureus)

Pothos, Scindapsus aureus

Pothos are very colorful and very versatile plants. This coupled with their air cleaning properties make these plants excellent choice for hassle-free houseplants.

If kept away from draughts, direct sunlight and with moderate watering, these plants will thrive. Pothos can be treated as a trailer in a hanging basket or as a climber on a moss-stick, a trellis or a wall or as a table-top plant.

Scindapsus aureus grow best in medium to bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight, moderately warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, rich, well-drained soil. Read on how to grow and care for Pothos.

3. Chinese Evergreens (Aglaonema)

Chinese Evergreen, Aglaonema

Chinese Evergreens are small-sized plants which bear spear-shaped leaves on short stems which grow with a minimum outward spread and are ideal for limited spaces. They are also good air indoor cleaners.

Chinese Evergreens are easy to grow and adapt well to varying light levels; they will even thrive in the poorly lit spots.

Aglaonema thrive in medium to bright light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, well-drained soils. Learn how to grow and care for Chinese Evergreens.

4. Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata)

Snake Plant, Sanseveria trifasciata, Dracaena trifasciata

Snake Plant bears long upright and beautifully colored foliage with a minimum outward spread making it perfect for limited spaces. This plant is slow growing, low maintenance, extremely hardy and almost indestructible.

Snake Plant can withstand low light, dry air, draughts and periods of dryness. It is also effective in cleaning indoor air of various indoor air pollutants.

Snake Plants require bright light with some direct sunlight, average warmth and moderately moist, loose, fertile, free-draining soil. Learn more on how to grow and care for Snake Plants.

5. Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron scandens)

Heartleaf Philodendron, Philodendron scandens

Heartleaf Philodendron also called Sweetheart Plant is a popular plant for small spaces. It is perfect for a hanging basket, as a climber on a wall, trellis or moss-stick or as a table-top plant.

Sweetheart Plant is easy to grow due to its ability to withstand neglect and poor conditions. It is also a good indoor air cleaner.

Philodendron scandens thrives in medium to bright indirect light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soils. Read more on how to grow and care for Heartleaf Philodendron.

6. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)

Peace Lily, Spathiphyllum wallisii

Peace Lily also called White Sails or Spathe Flower bears glossy, dark-green leaves with a minimum outward spread which makes it ideal for small spaces and as a table-top plant. Apart from its beauty, it is also a good air cleaner.

White Sails is easy to grow and does not mind being neglected for short periods of time. Keep it away from direct sunlight, protect it from cold draughts and it will thrive.

Spathiphyllum wallisii grows best in bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight, average warmth, moderately humid conditions and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Learn more on how to grow and care for Peace Lily.

7. Spider Plants (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider Plant, Chlorophytum comosum

Spider Plant also called Airplane Plant, Spider Ivy or Ribbon Plant is a popular, beautiful indoor plant for a hanging basket or a table-top. It is fast growing, easy-care and is also a good air cleaner.

Spider Ivy are extremely adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions and will grow in hot or cool rooms, in sun or shade and will withstand dry air.

Chlorophytum comosum thrives in bright, indirect light, average warmth and consistently moist, rich, well-drained soil. Read more on how to grow and care for Spider Plant.

8. Corn Palm (Dracaena fragrans)

Corn Palm, Dracaena fragrans

Corn Palm or Corn Plant grows with a minimal outward spread which saves on space, making it perfect for small spaces. The brightly colored foliage will add a splash of color to any space. It can be grown as a stand alone plant to provide a bold and attractive focal point.

Corn Plant is easy to care for but the leaves may die if exposed to direct sunlight. Light shade is the best position for this plant.

Dracaena fragrans requires bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight, average warmth and consistently moist, rich, well-drained soil. Learn more on how to grow and care for Corn Palm.

9. Asparagus Fern (Asparagus plumosus)

Asparagus Fern, Asparagus plumosus

Asparagus fern also called Asparagus Grass or Lace Fern is ideal for a hanging basket or as a table-top plant. The beautiful, feathery, needle-like branches droop gracefully on the sides of a pot or a hanging basket.

Asparagus Grass is easy to grow and adapts well to a wide variation in light, heat and frequency of watering. It is a hardy plant that can withstand some level of neglect.

Asparagus plumosus thrives in medium to bright, indirect light, cool to average warmth and moderately moist, rich, well-drained soils. Read more on how to grow and care for Asparagus Fern.

10. Desert Cacti

Desert Cactus

Desert Cacti (Cactus) are plants with minimal outward spread which is ideal for the limited spaces. Their growth habits and forms occupy very little space.

The trailing types can be grown in a hanging basket and the ball-like can be grown as a table-top plant while the columnar types can be grown as stand alone plants.

Desert Cacti are hardy plants which easily withstand a high level of neglect but they hate to soggy soil; monthly or fortnightly watering depending on existing temperatures is perfect for them.

Desert Cactus grow best in bright light to full sunlight with at least 2-3 hours of sunshine per day, average warmth and humidity and moderately moist, well drained soil. Learn more on how to grow and care for Desert Cacti.

11. English Ivy (Hedera helix)

English Ivy, Hedera helix

English Ivy also called Common Ivy or European Ivy is ideal for a hanging basket or can be grown as a climber on a trellis. Its small size makes it perfect for a table-top plant.

The attractive Common Ivy is a hardy plant that will thrive in a wide range of growing conditions and will not die from a few days neglect.

Hedera helix thrives in bright light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soils. Learn how to grow and care for English Ivy.

12. Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)

Jade Plant, Crassula ovata

Jade Plant grows upright with minimal outward spread which makes it ideal for small spaces. It can be grown as a table-top plant,on a shelf or on a windowsill.

Jade Plant is easy to grow, will tolerate some level of neglect and can go for a considerably long period without water. It is also a good indoor air cleaner.

Crassula ovata requires bright light with some direct sunlight, average warmth and moderately moist, rich, well-drained soil to thrive. Read more on how to grow and care for Jade Plant.

13. String of Beads Plant (Senecio rowleyanus)

String of Pearls Plant, String of Beads Plant, Senecio rowleyanus

The cascading thread-like stems of String of Beads Plant also called String of Pearls Plant make it ideal for a hanging basket, a table-top or a shelf.

String of Pearls Plant is one of the string of plants that is easy to grow and propagate which can survive a considerably long period without water.

Senecio rowleyanus thrives in bright light with some direct sunlight, moderate warmth and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Read on how to grow and care for String of Beads Plant.

14. Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides)

Chinese Money Plant, Pilea peperomioides

Chinese Money Plant also called Missionary Plant, Pancake Plant or UFO Plant is a low growing plant with a minimal outward spread which makes it suitable for small spaces. It is perfect to grow as a table-top plant, on a shelf or on a windowsill.

Missionary Plant is easy to grow and propagate which makes it easy to share with friends and hence the name Friendship Plant.

Pilea peperomioides requires bright light away from direct sunlight, warm and moderately humid conditions and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Learn more on how to grow and care for Chinese Money Plant.

15. African Violet (Saintpaulia ionantha)

African Violet, Saintpaulia ionantha

African Violet is a low-growing plant with a minimal outward spread which makes it perfect for the table-top, a plant shelf or a windowsill.

The attractive feature in African Violet is its ability to flower almost any time of the year. It is easy to grow and comes in many varieties and different flower colors from which to choose from.

Saintpaulia ionantha thrives in bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and consistently moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Read more on how to grow and care for African Violet.

16. Parlour Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)

Parlour Palm, Chamaedorea elegans

Parlour Palm produces a dense, deep green, feathery foliage on arching branches and grows slowly with a minimal outward growth which make it perfect for limited spaces.

Parlour Palm is also ideal for a bottle garden or a terrarium. The palm is easy to grow with a high tolerance to low light conditions and is also a good air cleaner.

Chamaedorea elegans grows best in bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight, average warmth and moderately moist, rich, well-drained soil. Learn more on how to grow and care for Parlour Palm.

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