If you are a plant lover who lives in a small space, then you have likely already come up against the limitations presented by living in a studio apartment, small home, or even a rented room. If you want to ensure that your plants can stay healthy and thriving in your tiny space, consider the following guide that will give you all the tips you need to keep your plants alive.
Place your plants in a bright spot
Light is crucial to almost every type of plant species. If you live in a small space, sunlight may be a premium luxury depending on how many windows your space has as well as the location of the windows.
Whenever possible, place your indoor plants in a sunny location where they will receive a good amount of sunlight. Make sure that you research the sunlight needs of your plant before placing them in a specific location, as some plants may need more or less sunlight depending on the species.
If your space doesn't get enough light, consider buying artificial growing lights or choose plants that can survive in dark spots.
Keep the temperature moderate, or move your plants when necessary
Most indoor plants are going to require moderate temperatures which fall between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If you live in a small space where certain areas may get colder or hotter during certain seasons, then it is best to move your plants to a more moderate area.
For example, if you only have a window air conditioner in your living room and your kitchen area tends to get sweltering in the summer, place your plants someplace in between so that they won’t get overheated—nor too chilled by the air conditioner.
Turn your plants every time you water them
Most people forget to turn their plants regardless of where they live, but turning your plants is especially important when you live in a small space.
The limited amount of light plants get in small spaces means that you will need to rotate them every time you water them to allow the entire area of the plant to receive sunlight exposure.
If you’re having trouble remembering, stick a reminder to your fridge or closet.
Get a humidifier
Small spaces can often be excessively dry, especially if you live in a climate with dry conditions. Thankfully, increasing the humidity in a small room is much easier than increasing the humidity in a larger space.
A personal humidifier will help keep your indoor plants from drying out and ensure that those that require more humidity will be able to thrive.
Choose hardier plants if your small space has limitations
In some cases, no matter what you do, your small space cannot be altered to sustain certain plant species. If this is the case, you should not give up: look for hardier plant species that can grow in just about any conditions.
There are a surprising number of hardy plants out there that can survive without getting a lot of sunlight, uneven sunlight, and other problems associated with living in a small space.
Dust off your plants
Dust and debris tend to accumulate easily in a small room, and your plants will need to be dusted regularly.
Cleaning your plants with a soft damp cloth will decrease the chances of problems such as fungus gnats and other pests. It also ensures that your plant looks its best and takes as much light as possible, which is always something you will want to achieve in a small space where light is a rare benefit, and aesthetic value is at a premium.
Avoid rearranging your plants around
It can be tempting to use plants as a decoration to spice up your small space interiors, but rearranging your plants too often will lead to plants going into shock. Plant shock can stunt growth and make it more difficult for your plant to thrive indoors.
Make sure that you carefully consider where your plant will go before you settle on a play to display the plant. Your plant won’t necessarily go into shock the first time you move it, but moving it too often like an ordinary decoration will be very detrimental to your plant’s health.
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