If you live in a small apartment or house, you know space comes at a premium. You’ve got to be strategic about where you put what, otherwise you’ll end up in a super cluttered situation before you realize it. If you have little room to work with, you’ve probably avoided starting a massive collection of plants. I mean, that random corner is much better reserved for a metal bar cart, bookshelf, or something more functional, right?
But fortunately, you don’t need a huge house to accommodate a little greenery in your life. Plants come in all sizes and varieties, and there are tons of space-efficient options to choose from. It’s high time you take advantage of those small plants to add a hint of the Great Outdoors into your personal home environment.
You may already be familiar with succulents, which are relatively low maintenance and take up next to no space, making ‘em ideal for, say, your office desk or a chic end table. But there’s a whole world of cute, smol plants beyond succulents. And stuffing your apartment with lotsa leafy plants won’t just improve its ~aesthetic~, it’ll also help boost your mood during the dreary winter season. As Oprah definitely probably once said: You get a small plant, and you get a small plant, and you get a small plant!
To get you started on your plant parent journey, we’ve rounded up a list of small houseplants that are relatively stress-free to care for in tight spots. They do not require six feet of space on all sides to thrive—so you can plop them on your shelf, nightstand, kitchen counter, toilet, anywhere! So let’s get plant shopping, bb.
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this ‘grammable plant
You must post a photo of this greenery on your feed; I don’t make the rules. Also, the sunlight will look oh-so dreamy peeping through those leaves.
this cleansing plant
this active plant
How’s this for cool? The leaves of the peacock plant actually move up and down throughout the day, so it’ll give you something else to stare at during the commercial breaks of your Real Housewives marathon.
this crafty plant
If you want to buy a ton of plants but can only afford to spend money on one, make it a peperomia. They’re versatile and easy to propagate—aka snipping off part of the plant to re-pot and turn it into TWO plants. Magic!
this desert-inspired plant
Crested Rats Tail Cactus
A tiny cactus has a big visual impact, adding color and texture to any space. Be sure it gets lots of light, and only water when soil is entirely dry, then water thoroughly at the base (not on top of the cactus, which can cause rot).
this artsy plant
This beauty has leaves that resemble the lily pads from one of Monet’s paintings—sooo whimsical, right? It’s also known as the friendship plant, so you may want to consider gifting this one to the other plant lovers in your life!
this pink plant
Pink Lady Peperomia
This unique houseplant prospers in bright light, but it does require regular watering to thrive. Pro tip: Keep your plant less than three feet from the window so it can really catch those sun rays.
this hearty one
Jade plants can live for a suuuper-long time—I’m talking more than a decade. They love bright, direct light, and only need to be watered every three to four weeks.
this pet-friendly plant
Considered to be symbols of luck, money trees are plants you’ll want around for ~good vibes~. They’re pretty low maintenance and pet-friendly, but be sure to rotate your plant frequently to promote growth.
this adorable as f*ck plant
Hoya Heart Plant
Hoya kerrii—or as they’re affectionately known, hoya heart plants—love bright, direct light and they only need to be watered every three to four weeks. Easy-peasy!
Looking for a conversation-starting plant? With its distinct tubular shape, this lil’ succulent will steal the spotlight. It grows in all sorts of environments, either in a container or in the ground (if you ever have a real garden one day).
this sturdy plant
Need something that tolerates dry apartment heat but is also tough enough to last if you don’t water it constantly? Yeah, that means you should get a rubber plant.
this floral cactus
A little cactus is pretty much the go-to, easy-to-care-for apartment plant. Just plop it in bright light and the pop of color will liven up any rental-white walls.
this floral plant
Although the anthurium plant can grow to be about a foot tall, it can still easily fit on the edge of any desk or bookshelf, and it’s so dang pretty that it’s kind of like having fresh flowers in your apartment at all times.
this moody plant
Pilea Creeping Charlie
Just stick Charlie in a bright spot with indirect light and watch this little guy instantly liven up any room. I mean, how lush are those leaves?!
this easygoing aloe plant
Aloe Vera Plant
All your aloe needs is a solidly sunny spot and a lowkey watering schedule. Plus, if you’re feeling really crafty, you can cut off the leaves and use them to make your own sunburn treatments. We stan a plant that can do it all!
this beginner-friendly plant
Marble Queen Pothos
Pothos will grow pretty fast under nearly any conditions—it just doesn’t like intense direct sunlight. Put this guy on a bookshelf and its long vines will make your space look extra lush without spending extra cash.
this eclectic plant
If you’re in the mood to up your succulent game, Haworthia plants are pet-friendly and thrive in bright, direct sunlight. Look how fun and unique they are!
this easy-to-care-for plant
Not only are the leaves stunning here, but the philodendron green is super easy to care for. Just avoid direct sunlight and make sure the soil doesn’t get overly soggy.
this calming plant
The peace lily will add an element of zen to your space, even when it’s surrounded by a week’s worth of laundry. (Hey, we’ve all been there before.)
this funky plant
TBQH, the name “air plant” is mildly misleading—these little guys require more than air to survive, but they are pretty simple to look after. All they need is a good watering every one to two weeks and they’ll be happy as clams. Cute too.
this immortal plant
Fine, the Zs in this plant’s name technically stand for “Zamioculcas zamiifolia,” but I like to think they’re here to remind you that you could literally take care of this plant in your sleep.
this smol plant
Mini Watermelon Peperomia
This plant is great for small spaces, as the leaves grow at a verrry slow rate and tolerate any lighting conditions. Plus, what’s cuter than something this tiny with the name “watermelon” in it? Nothing!
this adaptable plant
Do you have one or two windows that face an alleyway? Welp, this guy can tolerate any type of indoor condition, including low light, bright spots, and even fluorescent lighting.
this bold one
Red Prayer Plant
These plants thrive in any type of light, but they do require a lil more watering than most. BTW, the holy name is thanks to the fact that the leaves tend to fold in at night, resembling 🙏.
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