Depending on what your home is like, you might be a bit short on space. But don’t worry, there are great plants available that will do nicely on a desk or a bedside table. Or maybe you’re just dabbling in the world of plants and want to see whether you’re ready to care for one? Here are a few ideas for what might be the best indoor plant to go for.
Whether you are just starting to explore plants or you’re already a plant lover: there is a plant for everyone. If you’d love some green in your home but with little maintenance requirements, then a Fishbone cactus would be a great choice for you. These plants grow well in warm spaces and like to dry out between watering. With its oddly shaped stems, it is an unusual but beautiful choice.
Whilst our small indoor plants take up less space, they tend to be more sensitive to changes, which can be tough given the mixed seasons. This means that these mini greens are more susceptible to droughts or bright sun than their bigger brothers and sisters might be.
The most important step in caring for your plant is to choose a spot with the right light, humidity and temperature conditions. Every plant is different, so here is a short guide to help you choose.
Every plant needs light, but there are differences in the amount they need. If you have a desk or an empty windowsill in a sunny spot, you should choose a houseplant that is native to sunny environments. This may be a succulent or a Dragon Tree. A general rule of thumb - if you notice brown spots on your plant’s leaves, try moving it to a different spot.
If you have a spot with bright filtered light, then you are in luck. Many of the small houseplants in this collection prefer bright indirect light because they originate from the jungles where the light is filtered by trees that tower over them.
Bright filtered light means a light spot where the sun does not shine directly on your plant. One of the most popular houseplants is the Chinese Money Plant. With its round leaves, it’s a beautiful addition to any home.
Have you ever considered hanging plants for your kitchen or bathroom? You may be surprised, but there are some great small houseplants, for example, air plants. Just hang them on a shower rack or beams. If you prefer plants with trailing vines, then we would recommend the Green Sweetheart. This houseplant is easy to care for and will naturally transform your room.
You might be working in an environment where there’s more fluorescent light than sunlight. This environment can be quite difficult for a plant to survive in, depending on how much actual sunlight is available.
Plants that can cope with low light environments, like the Philodendron ‘Green Princess’, would be your best shot. But do not be discouraged if the mini houseplants die after a few years, as it can be a hard environment for them to thrive in.
Another thing that makes plants such a special addition to your home is that they can benefit your well-being. Plants not only look nice, but the act of caring for one is a form of self-care. Plus, the greenery reminds us that we are part of nature too.
Aside from benefitting the mind, plants can benefit the body, too. Plants support your body by improving air quality and humidity. When plants ‘breathe’ through their tiny pores, they absorb toxic gasses. By doing so, fewer of these nasty gasses can enter our respiratory systems. These benefits vary depending on the plant in question.
Many of the small houseplants that we offer come from tropical environments. Some of these rainforest dwellers will act as natural humidifiers. Just keep them well watered and misted and they will perspire. Plants like the Areca Palm will help balance moisture in the air, especially during winter when heat sources can dry the air.
Taking care of your small houseplants is a great way to forge a special connection. Being part of the natural world is what many of us forget about in our daily frenzy. Having an indoor plant in a space that you frequently work in, such as an office, can be a reminder of our small presence in the wider world. This helps alleviate stress as we take a different perspective and realise our significance in the bigger picture.
And if you think that caring for plants is a chore, then it’s time for that myth to be busted. The main benefit that any plant lover will rave about is the great feeling of witnessing their plants grow.
When you see the clusters of your Foxtail Fern get longer and bushier, you won’t be able to help feeling a sense of accomplishment. The fruits of your care become visible and there is no denying that you’re doing things right. So boost your self-confidence by caring for a small indoor houseplant!