If you live in a teeny apartment, you’ve (probably) avoided collecting any plants. I mean, that random corner is much better reserved for an IKEA metal bar cart that doubles as a hall closet, right?
But, my sweet greenery-naive child, I’m here to tell you that small plants ~ * ~ exist * ~ * ~. And it’s high time you take advantage of them.
That’s right! Not only are there small plants abound, but there are literally so many to choose from — not just the five succulents you’ve seen on your boss’s desk! (Although there are definitely succulents on this list because they’re so dang lovable.) Stuffing your apartment with lotsa leafy plants has always been your birthright as a millennial, but now you have even more reason to spend a stupid amount of money on nature’s bounty. As Oprah definitely once said: You get a small plant, and you get a small plant, and you get a small plant!
To start you off on your new plant parent journey, I’ve gathered a list of small houseplants that are relatively easy to care for in tight spots and don’t require six feet of space on all sides to thrive. Plop ’em on your shelf, nightstand, kitchen counter, toilet, anywhere!
They’re cute and you’re cute, so it’s time to pair up.
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this sturdy one
Rubber Plant Horti heyhorti.com
Need something that tolerates dry apartment heat but is tough enough to last if you don’t water it constantly? Yeah, that means you should get a rubber plant.
this’ grammable one
Monstera Adansonii The Sill thesill.com
You must post a photo of this greenery on your feed. I don’t make the rules. Also, the sunlight is going to look bomb peeping through those leaves.
this active one
Calathea Peacock Bloomscape bloomscape.com
The leaves of the peacock plant move up and down throughout the day, so it’ll give you something else to stare at during the commercial breaks of your Real Housewives marathon.
this simple one
Philodendron Hybrid Horti heyhorti.com
Not only are the leaves stunning here, but the philodendron hybrid is super easy to care for. Just avoid direct sunlight and make sure the soil doesn’t get overly soggy.
this moody one
Pilea Creeping Charlie Hey Botany heybotany.com
Just stick Charlie in a bright spot with indirect light and this Tim Burton-looking plant instantly livens up any room.
this crafty one
Peperomia Green Horti heyhorti.com
If you want to buy a lot of plants but can only afford to spend money on one, make it a peperomia. They’re versatile and super easy to propagate — aka snipping off part of the plant to then re-pot and turn into TWO plants. Like magic!
this beginner-friendly one
Golden Pothos Grounded Plants grounded-plants.com
Pothos will grow pretty fast under nearly any conditions — it just doesn’t like intense direct sunlight. Put this guy on a bookshelf and its long vines will make your space look extra lush without spending extra cash.
this chill one
Haworthia Horti heyhorti.com
If you’re in the mood to up your succulent game, Haworthia plants are pet-friendly and thrive in bright, direct sunlight. Look how fun and unique they are!
this smol one
Mini Watermelon Peperomia Soil and Clay soilandclay.com
This plant is great for small spaces, as the leaves grow at a verrry slow rate and can tolerate any lighting condition. Plus, what’s cuter than something this tiny with the name “watermelon” in it? Nothing!
this immortal one
ZZ Plant Costa Farms amazon.com
Fine, the Zs in this plant’s name technically stand for “Zamioculcas zamiifolia,” but I like to think they’re here to remind you that you could literally take care of this plant in your sleep.
this funky one
Air Plant Shop Succulents amazon.com
TBQH, the name “air plant” is mildly misleading — these little guys require more than air to survive, but they are pretty simple to look after. All they need is a good watering every one to two weeks and they’ll be happy as clams. Cute too.
this lucky one
Chinese Money Plant Urban Stems urbanstems.com
Some believe this plant will bring you financial success. And it couldn’t hurt to try, amirite? At the very least, it’s a conversation starter and fits nicely on your dresser.
this adorable as f * ck one
Hoya Heart Plant The Sill thesill.com
Hoya kerrii — or as they’re affectionately known, hoya heart plants — love bright, direct light and they only need to be watered every three to four weeks. Easy-peasy!
this easygoing one
Aloe Vera Plant Costa Farms amazon.com
All your aloe needs is a solidly sunny spot and a lowkey watering schedule. Plus, if you’re feeling really crafty, you can cut off the leaves and use them to make your own sunburn treatments. We stand a plant that can do both.
this floral one
Anthurium Costa Farms amazon.com
Although the anthurium plant can grow to be about a foot tall, it can still easily fit on the edge of any desk or bookshelf, and it’s so dang pretty that it’s kind of like having fresh flowers in your apartment at all times.
this adaptable one
Chinese Evergreen Just Air Plant etsy.com
Do you have one or two windows that face an alleyway? Welp, this guy can tolerate any type of indoor condition, including low light, bright spots, and even fluorescent lighting.
this bright one
Moon Cactus Fat Plants San Diego amazon.com
A little cactus is pretty much the go-to, easy-to-care-for apartment plant. Just plop it in bright light and the pop of color will liven up any rental-white walls.
this calming one
Peace Lily Pretty In Green Plants etsy.com
The peace lily will add an element of zen to your space, even when it’s surrounded by a week’s worth of laundry.
this hearty one
Jade Plant Grounded Plants grounded-plants.com
Jade plants can live for a suuuper-long time — I’m talking more than a decade. They love bright, direct light, and they only need to be watered every three to four weeks.
this cleansing one
Snake Plant Costa Farms amazon.com
Fun fact: Snake plants may remove certain toxins in the air, improving the overall surrounding air quality. This means your apartment is about to become a hell of a lot fresher.
this bold one
Red Prayer Plant JM BAMBOO amazon.com
These plants thrive in any type of light but do require a lil more watering than most. BTW, the holy name is thanks to the fact that the leaves tend to fold in at night, resembling 🙏.
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