It’s smart to start off with some easy care small indoor plants. It’s smart for a couple of reasons.
Starting with a small plant is going to be a smaller investment of both money and space for you. Bigger plants cost more usually and, well, they take up a lot of real estate in your home!
While you’re still learning about houseplants, I think something cute for the windowsill or the corner of your desk is going to be a good way for a beginner to get used to having a plant around before eventually graduating to a giant Fiddle Leaf Fern.
And those cute little plants are a lot of fun. And depending on what you choose, it might just grow into a very big plant!
What Do We Mean by Easy Care Small Indoor Plants?
So what fits into the category of easy care small indoor plants?
I have some criteria. First of, all, small is a criteria. It’s got to be able to sit in a pot on the corner of your desk. At least as far as size goes.
As for care, “easy” is hard to define, but basically, the plants on this list don’t need any particular special care and will be forgiving if they aren’t in optimal circumstances.
But remember, “easy care” doesn’t mean “no care”!
I love the shiny, thick green leaves of the Jade plant. They seem so vibrant to me. And they are. Jade plants are succulents and those leaves hold water in them.
They have a lot of character, too. There’s something sculptural to the Jade plant. They are a great quirky companion.
Water: Allow the soil to dry out between soakings.
Light: Bright indirect light, four more hours a day
Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
Pothos are truly one of the unkillables. They are extremely forgiving.
But they are also very beautiful! If you can keep yours where it will get some sun, you’ll be rewarded with variegated leaves. But if you keep it in a darker corner, you’ll get silky dark green leaves.
It’s a win/win.
Water: Water when the top inch of soil is dry.
Light: Low light to moderate indoor light. Just avoid direct light.
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)
I love the height of the Chinese Evergreen. The leaves can be 12 inches long (or even longer). It’s still small enough for a shelf or a desk, but the height gives some drama.
The leaves are also stunning with their variegation and some have beautiful pink to red coloring, too.
Water: Water when the top two inches of soil are dry.
Light: Low light to bright indirect light. Just avoid direct light.
Asparagus Fern (Asparagus aethiopicus)
One of the best things about houseplants is that they add texture to your room. And the Asparagus Fern is all about texture.
The pretty, soft foliage is so pretty and feminine. It’s a great way to add some softness to your decor.
Water: Keep the soil moist and don’t be afraid to mist it. This fern loves humidity
Light: Low light
Pilea (Pilea peperomioides)
Pilea is a more than just a beautiful little plant, but it is beautiful. It has such a unique look to it.
But what I love about Pilea is that it is meant to be shared. You grow yours, propagate it, and then share it with someone else.
Water: Allow the top 2-3 inches to dry out between waterings
Light: Bright indirect light.
English Ivy (Hedera helix)
English Ivy to me is a formal and pretty little plant. It seems like it would be fussy, but, it is not very fussy at all.
It has dainty variegated leaves and I can just imagine it in your fancy dinig room.
Ok, my mother had an English Ivy and it was so lovely and even growing on a topiary so I think I have a very specific idea of English Ivy. It might not really be some formal and dainty for others.
Water: Let 1/2 of the soil dry out before a good soaking.
Light: Medium to low light, but don’t expect those variegated leaves. You’ll need bright, indirect light for that.
Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum)
Philodendron’s have beautiful heart shaped leaves and the grow and grow and grow.
And those leaves come in many different shades of green.
Water: Let half the soil dry out before watering. Or you can grown a philodendron directly in water.
Light: Low light or medium indirect light. But never direct sunlight.
ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas)
ZZ plants look just as cool as they sound. Their leaves look like the physical representation of their leaves.
And they grow tall, giving them even more drama.
Water: Let the soil dry out between waterings, then give it a soaking.
Light: Lots of indirect sunlight.
Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)
I love the name of this plant. Cast iron. It’s going to take a lot to damage it, right?
Yes, but, it’s also a beautiful plant!
Water: Let the top inch dry out before watering.
Light: Low light.
This is that cute little succulent you see everywhere. It looks so delicate it seems like it can be easy to take care of.
But succulents are easy to take of it you know what they like.
Water: Let the soil dry out then soak the soil (not the rosette)
Light: Bright, indirect light
Wood Sorrel (Oxalis)
Here’s a very unique looking plant. If you have a spot that you want to add some color to, then Oxalis might be just the thing you need.
It has truly stunning deep purple leaves. Gorgeous.
Water: Allow the soil to dry out about halfway before watering.
Light: Bright indirect or bright direct light.
Radiator Plant (Peperomia)
Radiator plants are like a spy plant. They never look the same twice.
What I mean is, there are lots of different colors that are represented and even textures. So, not really sure if that spy thing makes sense, but there you have it.
Water: Let the soil dry out completely between waterings.
Light: Plenty of indirect light.
Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)
Pretty, pretty polka dot plant. I love the color and the softness of the leaves.
It’s a lovely little plant for your desk in your tidy office.
Water: Consistently moist (but not soggy) soil.
Light: Bright or medium light.
Devil’s Backbone (Pedilanthus tithymaloides)
I love this little miniature tree looking plant. It’s so uptight looking and for some reason I really like that in a plant.
But, as uptight as it might look, it’s not hard to take care of!
Water: All the top two inches of soil to dry out before watering
Light: Bright, indirect light.
That’s All the Easy Care Small Indoor Plants
Or at least it’s all the easy care small indoor plants that I love.
Which to choose will be up to you. Make sure you’ve got a spot with the right light for the plant!