Living tiny means making decisions about every item in your home. From clothing to cookware, only the essentials will fit into the minimalist lifestyle. However, no home should be without greenery. So even if your space is limited, there are tiny plants for your tiny home that will make the perfect addition without contributing clutter.
Think beyond floors and tabletops
When researching the perfect plant for your tiny house, think beyond the typical plant in a pot on the ground. Take advantage of the vertical space with plants that hang on the wall or from a hook. With small plants that need infrequent watering, you can also make use of those window sills located high on the wall.
There are many varieties of air plants. They make the perfect addition to tiny houses because they require no soil and most remain very small. Air plants have become very popular and are easy to find in stores and online. Place your air plants in an area that receives indirect, filtered sunlight or other bright spaces. Keep your air plants out of direct sunlight. In their natural environment, they live on other plants, under the protection of a tree canopy, so they are not equipped for the intensity of direct sunlight. Soak your air plants in water about once a week, allow to dry and put back into place.
Succulents are the perfect match for tiny homes since they require little care and can be kept small. Put them in pots and hang them in plant hangers, or line small pots along a sunny window. Depending on which succulent you decide on, you will only need to water your plant every one to three weeks, maybe even less frequently. Spritz your plants in between watering to maintain humidity. Popular succulent choices include aloe vera, panda plant, string of bananas, kalanchoes, zebra plant, hens-and-chicks, haworthia and echeveria.
This is a peppy little plant that brings a fun vibe to your interior design with eye-catching leaves and an appeal that fits everything from boho to contemporary. Also known as a Chinese Monkey Plant, Pilea Peperomioides prefer weekly watering in well-drained soil. Make sure extra water can drain out. Place plants in bright, but indirect, sunlight.
Marimo moss balls
They look like moss balls. How fun is that? They are actually algae, so they remain submerged in water, and few plants are better conversation starters. Moss balls are teeny tiny and stay that way, so you can use them in a variety of ways. Place them in clear jars or vases and swap out the water every few weeks.
Spider plants are ubiquitous in all types of homes, simply because of their striking appeal. The variegated leaves add contrast to any space and they are easy to care for. Place them in a mostly sunny location and water every few weeks.
The most notable feature about ferns is the stunning texture of the leaves. They stand out as unique. While some ferns can grow quite large, there are some great options for tiny homes, such as the asparagus fern and Boston fern. Also check out the staghorn fern, which is more of an air plant with leaves that look like prized antlers. They are commonly mounted to a board and hung on the wall for that exact effect.
It’s cute and compact. Peperomia watermelon leaves are larger than many small plants, with a design that resembles the outside of a watermelon. These plants can be maintained in small pots because they have a maximum height of around eight inches. However, you will want to place this punchy plant in a vessel large enough to allow for root growth.
Making effective use of space is the cornerstone of decorating any tiny home. For areas that can host hanging plants, or for those above-head shelves and window sills, vining plants are a great choice. Although often larger than other plants on the list, this category of plant will dangle down, adding color and interest to the space. Try philodendron “cordatum,” pothos “brasil” or satin pothos for a lush, vining jungle feel, or the popular and semi-succulent hoya varieties.
This is a colorful, yet compact plant that blooms year round for a constant display. They come in a variety of colors and even in a mini form for really tight spaces. Even the leaves enhance the interior design with a fuzzy texture unlike other plants. Place African Violets in a south or west-facing window. Be sure not to overwater and place plants in well-draining pots.
This is more of a process than a plant. Kokedama is an ancient technique of balling plant roots with moss and clay. Many plants do well as a kokedama. The great thing about them is they require no soil, so you can literally just hang the plant on any hook around the ceiling, on a wall or along a window frame. You can also simply place it on a shelf or window sill.
Another fun way to bring the outdoors in is through a terrarium. You can make your own customized terrarium in any size and shape, with your choice of rocks, plants and miniature props. Have fun with the design!
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