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9 Cute Small Indoor Plants

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Houseplants filter our air, raise the humidity in our environment, and add a touch of nature to our surroundings. However, not everyone has room to cultivate a fiddle leaf fig or an areca palm plant indoors. Grow one of these cute small indoor plants in a teacup, on a ledge, or anywhere you need a green boost.

Baby Tears

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Everything about Soleirolia soleirolii is cute: the common name of baby tears elicits that “aww” reaction, and the myriad of tiny leaves gives character and charm to this easy houseplant. Grow baby tears in a small terrarium or under a glass cloche in bright filtered sunlight to give this small plant the humidity it craves to stay lush.

String of Pearls

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The Senecio genus of succulents gives us so many interesting leaf forms, including the string of pearls S. rowleyanus, which so closely resemble every kid’s least favorite veggie (but isn’t at all edible). The plant’s unusual leaf form helps it thrive in its native South Africa, where the spherical leaves both maximize water retention while minimizing leaf surface area that would result in water lost to evaporation. String of pearls will trail daintily from a small hanging container in a warm room with filtered light; snip off the pearls as needed to shape and keep in bounds.

Air Plant

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Few plants are as forgiving as those in the Tillandsia genus. These epiphytes live perched on branches in frost-free environments, taking the moisture they need from the air using specially adapted scales on their spiky leaves. Mount them on driftwood, arrange them in a basket, or create a soil-free mini terrarium for these mess-free plants. They grow very slowly and need little more than partial sunlight and a weekly dunking in water to stay hydrated.

Donkey’s Tail

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Sedum morganianum is the perfect houseplant for that person who has a bright sunny spot that has room for a small trailing or creeping plant. The fleshy, succulent leaves of the donkey’s tail are a clue to the drought tolerance of this plant. You should grow donkey’s tail in a sandy cactus potting mix to prevent root rot. If you accidentally break off one of the stems, don’t discard it; donkey’s tail is easy to propagate with cuttings. Just insert the cut end into some soil, and place under a clear enclosure until it forms roots.

Scotch Moss

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A patch of bright green Sagina subulata ‘Aurea’ conjures up notions of garden fairies, gnomes, or any woodland creature who might like to nestle in the ethereal mossy foliage of this one-inch tall plant. As a Scotland native, Scotch moss prefers the cool, moist conditions of its homeland. Frequent misting will keep your moss perky and bright. Indirect light from a north-facing window will help to maintain the chartreuse color without scorching the plant. If your moss produces tiny white flowers, you’ll know you’ve mastered its growing requirements.

Wooly Thyme

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Wherever you need a pick-me-up of aromatherapy, place a container of Thymus pseudolanuginosus. The soft, fuzzy leaves are so touchable and release a savory burst of thyme scent with every pinch. The slow-growing plants only reach three inches in height and creep slowly to form a dense, wooly mat in a full sun container (and may even flower). Water wooly thyme sparingly, when the soil’s surface is dry to the touch.

Venus Fly Trap

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Venus flytrap plants are sometimes billed as a novelty plant for kids, but with a little care, they make the perfect small houseplants. The leaves of Dionaea muscipula, with their teeth-like raspy edges, are equipped with trigger hairs that, when touched twice, snap shut on prey insects like those pesky fruit flies you’ve been trying to get rid of. These quirky plants have some equally quirky growing requirements: They do well in a peat moss growing medium, and being sensitive to minerals, need distilled water. Add bright light and cool winter temperatures to ensure a long life for your Venus flytrap.

African Violet

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What’s old is new again. African violets (Saintpaulia) were the “it” plant for your grandparents, but they are enjoying a resurgence, spurred perhaps by fun and funky new varieties with ruffled or picotee blooms and variegated foliage. One thing that hasn’t changed is the compact size of African violets, and their free-flowering nature. These plants like tiny pots, which spurs blooming. Keep your African violets moist and pot-bound, give them bright light, and feed them with a balanced flower fertilizer to keep them performing all year.

Purple Shamrock

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The Oxalis genus contains several hundred clover species, some of which are weeds, and some of which are highly ornamental. The burgundy or red cultivars, which may produce yellow or white flowers, often appear in garden stores around St. Patrick’s Day. Plants grow six inches tall and eight inches wide in containers, which you should keep on the dry side.

The miniature trend is hot, and houseplants are hopping on the bandwagon. Add these small cute plants to your cubicle, apartment, or tiny house.

35 Indoor Plants for the Small-Space Gardener, and How to Care for Them

Your home will be a plant paradise before you know it.

If your home wasn’t blessed with tons of square footage, that doesn’t mean you can’t flex your green thumb. All of these indoor plants take up minimal space (but don’t worry, there are some trees if you have just a bit more room to work with) , and many even require less sun, which is a must when you only have a few windows to work with. And if you don’t have much of a green thumb—hey, you’ll get there!—most of these plants are fairly easy to keep alive. No matter your skill level, your taste, or how much space you have to spare, there’s a houseplant for you here. Your indoor garden paradise dreams are about to become a reality.

Care level: Easy

ZZ plants require less water than a lot of plants, so if you tend to neglect yours (rather than overwatering them) you’ll do well with this one. It’ll thrive in bright, indirect light, but it can also tolerate low light if you have a less-than-sunny spot you want to keep it in, according to Bloomscape.

Care level: Easy

A small arabica coffee plant won’t be able to cover your coffee habit, but coffee plants are beautiful and simple to take care of, and you might just obtain enough beans every once in a while to roast and brew your own cup. If they get too dry, they’ll let you know—you’ll see the leaves get super droopy, but they’ll go back to normal once you give them a good water. Coffee plants also like medium indirect light.

Care level: Easy

Not only does this plant feature pretty, bright pink stems and leaves, but it’s also super easy to care for. It’ll grow in low, moderate, and bright light, but you’ll likely notice more color when it’s grown in medium light, according to Costa Farms. It’s a forgiving plant, so if you forget to water it once in a while, it’ll be just fine.

Care level: Intermediate

Like most of the other plants on this list, the rubber plant requires bright, indirect light. You should only water it when the soil is dry. Rubber plants have the added benefit of being one of the best natural air-cleaners out there. Place them near your favorite seating area to enjoy fresh air.

All of these plants take up minimal space and require less sun (a must when you only have a few windows to work with). Plus, find out how to care for them so you don't kill them the second you bring them home.