10 Small Indoor Plants for Compact Spaces

The best houseplants for small apartments and homes

Indoor plants can bring a touch of nature to a room while also helping to purify the air in your home.

If you have limited space, there are plenty of small indoor plants that won’t take up too much room.

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Small indoor plants in pots


1. Air Plants (Tillandsia)

Air plants are low maintenance, small plants that don’t need soil or water to grow.

They’re able to absorb moisture and nutrients through their leaves.

Air plants need to be misted a few times a week and in summer they should be fully submerged in water once a week.

You can place them in an open terrarium, on a bed of pebbles or in a basket or bowl.

Air plant

2. African Violet

African Violets are beautiful compact plants that grow to 6 inches (15 centimetres) tall.

The flowers come in a range of colors including white, pink and purple.

African violets will grow in most soil types but they don’t like their leaves getting wet.

The best way to water African violets is to fill a saucer of water and place the pot on top to draw the water up.

Small African violet plant

3. Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)

Aloe Vera is a small, low maintenance succulent that has upright fleshy green leaves.

It’s able to store moisture in its leaves, so it doesn’t need to be watered often. Make sure that the potting mix has dried out before watering.

Aloe Vera is easy to propagate from the baby plants, also known as “pups” that grow around the base of the plant.

Aloe Vera will thrive in a well-lit spot near a window.

Aloe vera

4. Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)

Jade plants are small succulents with thick rounded leaves.

They’re a low maintenance plant that can live for years in the same pot.

Jade plants like to grow in well-lit areas and prefer to dry out between waterings.

Jade plant

5. Nerve Plant (Fittonia)

Nerve plants are small tropical plants with dark green leaves and white, cream or pink veins.

They love humid and moist conditions, so they’re perfect for terrariums or bathrooms.

Nerve plants grow to about 6 inches (15 centimetres) tall, but they can be made more compact by regularly pinching out the stems. [1]

In hot weather the leaves can be misted with water.

Nerve plant

6. Peperomia

Peperomia is a compact, low maintenance houseplant with round leaves.

It grows well in moderate light and prefers moist soil but doesn’t like to be overwatered.

Peperomia usually grow to about 12 inches (30 cm) high.

Peperomia plant

7. Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)

Polka Dot plants, also known as Freckle Face plants are small, attractive indoor plants with foliage in a variety of colors including pink, red, cream and green.

They love humidity and grow well in terrariums and bathrooms.

Polka Dot plants will tolerate low light but they may stretch out to reach the light.

Older plants can be trimmed back to maintain the shape of the plant.

Polka dot plant

8. Pothos

Pothos is a small attractive vine with heart-shaped leaves.

It’s an easy care plant that can tolerate low light and it’s one of the best indoor plants for purifying the air.

Pothos need regular trimming to keep it tidy and they don’t like to be overwatered.

You can grow Pothos in a hanging basket or place it on a shelf or bookcase.

Pothos plant

9. Succulents

Succulents are small, low maintenance indoor plants that are perfect for beginner gardeners or anyone lacking a natural green thumb!

They come in a range of colors and have a variety of leaf shapes ranging from spiky to round, so there’s sure to be one to suit your taste.

Succulents look great on a desk or coffee table, just be careful not to overwater them.


10. Cacti

Cacti are another small indoor plant that doesn’t require much maintenance.

They grow best in areas with plenty of air flow to keep humidity low.

They’ve adapted to living in hot, dry conditions and only need minimal watering.

They’re best suited to a sunny spot near a window.


How to Style Plants in Small Spaces

There are many ways to display your indoor plants when you haven’t got a lot of room:

Final Thoughts on Small Indoor Plants

These houseplants are a great choice for anyone with limited space.

As long as they have access to natural light and aren’t overwatered, they’ll live happily for many years to come.

I hope this list has been helpful.


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Kelly Taylor

Hi, I'm Kelly Taylor. I'm passionate about gardening and horticulture and I love growing just about everything including herbs, vegetables, flowers, succulents and indoor plants. I've been gardening most of my life and I created this blog to inspire beginner gardeners to create their own urban garden. Read more