6 Best Houseplants For A Small Apartment


Everybody needs houseplants in their lives! They offer so many benefits such as cleaner air, improving your mood, lowering stress and simply looking great!

Finding houseplants for a small apartment can be hard, you may have issues with space, humidity and poor lighting. That’s why I have made this list of the 6 best houseplants to keep in a small apartment! I currently have all of these plants in my apartment, they look great and are thriving!

What makes a houseplant suitable for a small apartment?

First thing we need to discuss is the traits and qualities of houseplants which make them perfect to keep in a small apartment. If you understand all of these, you will be able to buy plants without the stress of wondering if they will grow or not in your small apartment.

Low maintenance
Without a doubt the best quality a houseplant can have for a small apartment is that it is low maintenance! Apartment dwellers are often busy people and often out and about. By purchasing low maintenance plants which don’t require frequent watering and fertilization, you know that they wont die if you forget about them from time to time.

Not messy
Since apartment plants are usually housed indoors, they shouldn’t be messy. If they lose leaves often or have crumbling bark, you’ll find yourself constantly having to clean up after them. If you’re renting, dead leaves on the floor isn’t a good look when you’re up for inspection.

Small plants
Obviously in a small apartment, space is a sparse commodity. So plants that don’t grow too big are the perfect fit.

Plants with a long lifespan
Plants can get pricey. To be sure you are getting what you paid for, you’ll want to choose a long-lasting plant that you can use as decor for years. These apartment plants are tough and durable, all they need is a little love and care.

Finally, houseplants that are hard to kill
If you’re a beginner and aren’t sure where to start, we have a few suggestions for plants that are survivors. These plants are easy to grow and can thrive regardless of irregular watering, poor lighting and changing temperatures.

This list is in no particular order, so pick your favourites and make a trip to the plant store!

#1 Snake Plant

This point-tip plant not only looks great but it releases oxygen at night. This helps you get a better night’s sleep, improves air quality and makes this particular plant a perfect decoration for your bedroom or a guest room. It’s striking looks are sure to impress.

It is a perfect beginner plant as well as it can survive with little light and water and is one of the hardiest houseplants I know of. In the winter, you will only need to water it once a month, it’s so easy to care for that even if you forget to water it, likely it’ll be okay. This doesn’t mean that you can neglect care though, set a reminder in your phone so you don’t forget to water it for too long.

#2 ZZ Plant

This is an African plant and is drought tolerant and is not phased by neglect, making it perfect for first-time plant owners and perfect for a small apartment. Simple rules to follow are to pot it in well draining soil and place it in indirect sunlight, do these things and you’ll be able to watch it thrive.

If you have pets or small children, take care with placement of this plant as it is considered poisonous if ingested.

#3 Spider Plant

This little air purifier grows in low-to-bright, indirect light. It’s another great option for first-time plant parents, requiring minimal care and it self-propagates, so you’ll see spider plant babies too! Water them often but you don’t want them to feel like they’re swimming. It is fine if they dry out between watering, just don’t leave them too long. This plant is good for a beginner because it’ll start to noticeably droop when it needs water, so it’ll tell you if it is in trouble.

Battling toxins like carbon monoxide, spider plants are most likely happiest in the bedroom. Spider plants are also not toxic, so if you have children or pets, it is the perfect choice!

#4 Prayer Plant

The prayer plant is most widely known for its beautiful red striped pattern. This unique design makes it a common choice for home decor. It simply looks stunning.

An ideal place for a prayer plant is in the bathroom, this is because it grows best in a humid and moist environment. They do need indirect sunlight and frequent watering.

#5 Succulents

Another variety of apartment plant that’s extremely hard to kill are succulents. There are so many different types of succulents that you are bound to find one to fall in love with. They feature a variety of leaf shapes and can be very colorful presenting in green, purple, blue and red.

Succulents are a popular choice of houseplant because they are usually small, don’t need much water and have very unique textures so they add to the look of the room. You can place them on a coffee table or hang them in the kitchen and you’ll have living decor for years to come.

#6 Peace Lily

One of the more popular houseplants, the peace lily is easy to grow and thrives in lower lighted areas. It is a pollution fighter and an air purifier. It helps in removing benzene and formaldehyde that is present in your house. There is little maintenance required to keep this plant healthy; just remember to heavily water it and keep it out of direct sunlight.

Of course there is many other plants that you can keep in a small apartment but from my personal experience, these are some of the best. They all look amazing, are hard to kill and don’t take up much space. Add some of these and you will really enhance the look and feel of your living spaces!

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