Indoor Plants: Perfect Décor for Small Spaces
Indoor plants are more than just attractive home décor: they’re good for us too! In a world where life gets faster and busier, indoor plants are quietly helping improve our lives. Resting on a bookcase, the kitchen bench or the office desk, a pot plant helps:
- Improve the quality of our air by making oxygen
- Absorb harmful air pollutants
- Brings the outside indoors
- Bring a sense of peace and calm
Best of all, there are many indoor plants which fit perfectly into the smallest spaces! If you’re not sure which pot plants are right for you, how to care for them or even keep them alive, keep reading!
Choosing Indoor Plants for Small Spaces
Have you ever noticed how many different types of pot plants there are? Available in a range of sizes, colours and shapes, how do you know which one is right for you? You could read the tiny print on the little plastic tag (if there is one) or simply choose one you like the look of. But we thought there must be a better way and there is! We’ve put together a list of our favourite indoor plants for small spaces, with a little bit of info about where they’d like to live too.
- Cyclamen – if you have a spot which gets plenty of light, but not direct sunlight, consider a cyclamen. With small heart-shaped mid and light coloured leaves, they flower happily each year with little effort on your part
- Snake plant - recognised by their stiff, upright, sword-like leaves that may be banded or edged in gray, silver, or gold. Snake plant's bold structure makes it a natural choice for modern and contemporary interior designs. We think it is one of the best houseplants around. While they can tolerance low light, they are best suited to bright light.
- Air plant – you don’t even need a flat spot to put an air plant, as you could technically glue them to the wall! Absorbing water through their leaves, they are super hardy.
- Succulents – super cute and available in a range of sizes and colours, succulents make great desk plants. They like light, but not too much direct sun.
- Cactus – even hardier than succulents, cactus plants make great statement pieces for shelves, tables and desks. They will cope with most light level amounts.
- Hen and chicken fern – an NZ native, this little fern looks cute, especially when it grows little babies! Water it weekly and trim when it gets too big.
Tips on Caring for Your Indoor Plants
Believe you have a black thumb, in that every indoor plant you’ve ever had has died? Well, not anymore as we’ve put together these sure-fire tips on plant care just for you:
- Avoid overwatering, as this makes soggy roots which result in dead plants. TOP TIP: Go one step further and get yourself a moisture reader. Inexpensive and available at every garden centre. No more root rot which is often the cause of unhealthy plants.
- Check your plants once a week – you’ll be able to develop a sense of how it is doing and whether it likes the position you have placed it in
- Use a good quality potting mix for houseplants
- Keep an eye out for pests and diseases – if you spot any, take some photos to show the team at your local garden store
- Spray a fine mist of water over your plant’s leaves and wipe clean to remove dust – this ensures that the leaves can absorb light and also unblocks their pores
If you are looking for some fabulous pot plant containers or planters, look no further! Here at Pony Lane, we have a range of gorgeous planters which will complement both your indoor plants and your décor! Our retro-style Swan Planters are a firm favourite of ours, by the way! Available in three sizes or as a set of three, they’d certainly brighten up your décor!