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Last updated on January 21st, 2020
If you have a small apartment or small room, you can still enjoy a splash of natural colour by including indoor plants. There are many indoor plants that will remain small themselves, not taking up too much space but still giving you some texture and colour. Some even provide air-purifying qualities such as Anthuriums, Aloe Vera and the popular Peace lily while still being small enough to be grown in the smallest of rooms.
Below we have listed 10 of our favourite house plants for those who cannot grow the larger house plants such as indoor palms and fig trees.
Tillandsia (Air plants)
Air plants, of which there are many, are a wonderful plant to grow indoors. Many of these do not need direct sunlight, but rather, indirect sunlight, so they can be grown near a small window or on a table that has access to brightness during the day. In fact, if you have a small balcony or window, you can with certain air plants simply give them outdoor direct light for a couple of hours to compensate for limited access indoors. Moreover, these plants don’t need planting in pots as they take the moisture they need from the air although they benefit from a quick dunking in water once a week to keep well hydrated. As pictured above the opportunities of where you place them is limitless.
Saintpaulia (African Violet)
As the name suggests, these small indoor plants offer stunning violet flowers, juxtaposed by the verdant leaves giving your small room or apartment a splash of colour. They thrive indoors and are very easy to maintain, giving you flowers almost all year round if cared for. The plants themselves need bright, indirect light and if they get it, they will remain compact and beautiful. They prefer to be slightly pot-bound in a small pot and feeding with a general plant food will keep them flowering prolifically.
Oxalis Triangularis (Purple Shamrock)
Purple shamrocks are a great plant for small spaces because they add colour unlike that of most house plants. The colloquial name captures the unique facet of this plant: the purple colour. There are three purple leaves in clusters each shaped like hearts and beautiful tiny flowers. This plant is well known for its ability to revive itself after it has died, so you can really keep it anywhere in your home and if you accidentally mismanage it, you can usually resuscitate it will a little extra care. Overall they do prefer not to be watered to often and like the soil to be a little drier than moist.
If you have an apartment or small room, aloe vera is a succulent you might consider. These plants are quite popular for their medicinal uses but the leaves themselves are beautiful. When growing indoors you need to provide good drainage so the plant never stands in water. You should also give it plenty of light. Unlike other house plants, this one is a succulent and it needs lots of natural light but it does also offer air-purifying qualities too.
Anthuriums are stunning plants that offer combinations of dark green, glossy leaves topped with the rich, bright pink/red flowers that span out in the same shape and style of the leaves. They need a bright, indirect light source. If they are too much in the dark you won’t get as many flowers so a room with plenty of light is prefered. They also prefer warmth, so keep it between 20-22 degrees Celcius for optimum growth. Given their love of high humidity, they grow best in bathrooms and kitchens. Over winter, water them once per week, twice per week during summer.
Pilea Peperomioides (Chinese Money Plant)
This indoor plant known as the Chinese Money Plant is featured heavily in small rooms and apartments in Europe, known for its pancake-shaped leaves and easy maintenance. You can find small options between 15-30cm to grow indoors. They like bright, indirect light like most plants. They can contend with small bouts of cold temperatures and in fact, small periods of cooler temperatures help to encourage more of the pink stems and small white flowers.
Crassula Ovata (Money Plant)
This plant has earned its nickname of jade plant or money plant from its association with Chinese Feng Shui. The plant can be pruned and trained as you see fit and was once a very popular plant in our grandparents days. The colour and texture of the leaves embody thick, green against woody stems. They are fairly easy to grow and perfect for smaller spaces.
This carnivorous plant is a great deal of fun about the house if you often contend with flies its a good plant to have and children also tend to love them as their pods snap shut to catch there prey. It will solve your insect problem for you, keeping your home cleaner and the air free from flying pests. Bright and verdant, each of the leaf clusters is hinged, with tooth leaves that get triggered like bear traps when an insect lands inside. They do best indoors when grown in windowsills in small pots. During the summer and fall they will be most active, but go into dormancy come winter. Rest assured that come springtime they will come back to life.
Coffee Arabica (Coffee Plant)
If you have an apartment or small room, you can add some colour with a coffee plant which also makes a great talking point and gift. Now, these won’t produce the coffee beans that you can roast and grind, but they are the same family of evergreen perennials and when properly cultivated and pruned, they can remain quite compact. The leaves are a rich, glossy green and the flowers a vibrant white. No matter where you live, they need lots of water but with good drainage, high humidity and acidic soil which means using ericaceous compost.
Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily)
The Peace Lily is one of the most common plants for small rooms or apartments because its size can be contained to whatever container it is grown in, making it perfect for all spaces. Moreover, it has stunning white blooms that once produced last for a long time, sometimes as long as 3 months. The plant can do quite well inside so long as you don’t overwater and give it enough sunlight although it will grow in low light areas. It was also featured on NASA list of the best air-purifying plants so it even cleans the air inside your home.
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