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10 Small Plants For Apartment Living

Updated: Aug 28, 2019

Did you know? You can build a little indoor garden also if you live in a tight space.

All these plants will stay small, and many of them are also low-light tolerant!

1. Orchid

Orchids will bring color and joy to your home.

The Phalaenopsis species is typically about one foot tall. Its leaves are 8-12 inches long, while its flowers are usually 3-5 inches across.

You can also choose a mini Orchid, that will stay even smaller!

2. Pilea Peperomioides

Pilea has become an extremely popular houseplant, thanks to its quirky but fascinating appearance and for being easily propagated.

This plant will stay petite – 30-40 centimeters in high maximum – and can live up to 10 years or more.

In case you need an even smaller plant, mini Pilea will stay super tiny and fit any little nook of your home!

3. Mini Crispy Wave

If you want to add a little breath of fresh air to your room, this plant is exactly what you need.

While a regular Crispy Wave can grow indefinitely if transplanted to a larger container, the mini variety will grow slow and stay tiny.

This plant can produce oxygen to a very high degree and clean your home from harmful particles.

4. Aloe

Aloe Vera is a must-have houseplant.

Actually, it's more than just a houseplant: it's an all-natural healer.

The sticky substance contained inside the leaves of this succulent has endless benefits and can be used in many applications.

Aloe Vera can grow up to 60–100 cm (24–39 inches) tall. If you are running low on space, you can consider buying a mini Aloe, that will stay even smaller!

5. Air Plants

Air plants are a great low maintenance solution for small spaces.

They stay small and don’t require soil, so that you can place them in any container or surface you can think of.

They don't even need constant watering, because they get the majority of their nutrients from the air - that's where their name comes from.

Tillandsia plants need only a little care, and this makes them a great choice for beginners.

6. Snake Plants

Snake plants are great air purifying plants for beginners, and they normally grow slow.

They are die-hard plants: they can survive to low-medium light and irregular watering.

The variety in the picture is a rare Sansevieria Cylindrica, that generally don't grow big.

Another rare variety of Sansevieria – known as Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Hahnii’ – usually remains less than a foot (30 cm) high.

7. Lithops

These unusual succulents plants will actually never grow.

No coincidence they are called "living stones": their shape, size, and color cause them to resemble small stones.

They are extremely drought-resistant, easy and fun to grow.

Definitely something different to add to your succulent indoor garden!

8. Hoya Kerrii

Who didn't fall in love with this heart-shaped plant?

Also known as Sweetheart Plant or Valentine Plant, this succulent is actually a vine, and can grow big and tall.

However, you can easily find a single leaf cutting at your local plant stores – extremely cute and space-saving! Very few single leaf cuttings develop into mature plants: the cutting will remain a planted heart for many months if not years!

The cutting's heart shape makes this plant a popular gift for Valentine's day.

9. Peperomia

Peperomia plants reach only 8 inches in height and width if planted in a container large enough to allow for root development.

Their small dimension makes it the perfect addition to a desk or a table.

In the picture, a beautiful Peperomia Watermelon – so-called for its similarity of appearance to the rind of a watermelon.

10. Oxalis Triangularis

This plant stays small but will have a huge impact on your home decor.

Its beautiful and delicate purple leaves resemble the shape of a butterfly and will add a dash of color to your indoor garden.

Commonly called False shamrock, Oxalis Triangularis can reach a height of about 10 inches at maturity.

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