Types of Miniature Houseplants

Miniature houseplants can be very nifty for adorning the smallest nooks and crannies of your living space. This gives them a chance to show off their itty-bitty size, whether it’s a tiny stem or a tiny bulb connected to the soil. Miniature houseplants are often part of larger arrangements of plants and other home decorations. To maintain their size, they can be trimmed, or some are fine staying pot-bound.

Many, but not all, miniature houseplants are drought-resistant succulents. Alternatively, terrariums are a great way to create a more humid environment for miniature plants. You may have to look harder for the right miniature-sized pot, but most of these plants won’t be expensive, especially if the plant is easy to propagate. Learn what species make for the best types of miniature houseplants.

Popular Types of Miniature Houseplants

Rose Pincushion Cactuses: This is one of our favorite kinds, but there are dozens of baby cactus plants including a handful of pincushion varieties. This is a full sun plant that are great for any window, but especially for south- and west-facing windows. In the winter, watering should be kept to a bare minimum to prevent the soil mix from completely drying out. In the summer, it will take a little more water but is still most susceptible to root rot from waterlogged soil. Drainage pots are essential. Over several years, these plants can eventually grow to fill a 4- or even a 6-inch pot. They also make for a great series of miniature-to-small pincushion cactus plants. Looking for some of the tiniest houseplants of all? Check out the blossfeldia liliputana and turbinicarpus.

Oxalis: The Oxalis is a great choice for plants that are itty-bitty but also provide a splash of color. The most common colors are purple or green, but there are several other colors available as well as blooms are more often white, pink, or yellow. These delicate stem plants do not grow especially tall, but they will self-propagate. The oxalis may start as a miniature plant but grow into a small houseplant if you start with a wider pot. Be prepared for a little more involved plant care. Watering schedule and sunlight should be matched to periods of growth and dormancy. Withhold water during more dormant periods; increase water when new growth appears in the spring or summer.

Air Plants: These plants are great for places where pots and soil are impractical. In drier home environments, they may need periodic soaking in water. In more humid environments, this is one of the few plants that can thrive on misting alone. Don’t underestimate the versatility of air plants, either. Some are compact with finer branches, some are bulky with wider branches, and others have longer, spindlier leaves. Along with green, you can find colored varieties. You can also turn them upside down and insert them into a shell or rounded bowl and turn them into air plant jellyfish.

Baby Toes: Looking for something a little unusual? Consider whether baby toes is the houseplant for you. Aptly named, we’ve also heard this plant’s foliage described as alien antennae. Even among easy care plants, it’s simple to know when to water. There are tiny windows at the top of the leaves that will go wrinkly when it’s ready for water. Even then, don’t overwater. This succulent is vulnerable to root rot. If there’s a catch, it’s that these plants need plenty of natural light and may struggle if not placed in a window.

Living Stones: These plants have evolved to look like small stones lying on the ground, and the resemblance can be uncanny in some cases. This is a great change of pace from plants dominated by green foliage. As unique as these plants are, they are not a good choice if you want a plant that’s easy to care for. This is a succulent that cannot be overwatered. Water must be withheld during periods of dormancy, while light watering during growth and flowering periods is encouraged. That said, different varieties have different dormancy periods, so you’ll have to watch the stones for clues.

What is a Miniature Houseplant?

A miniature houseplant is usually in a pot no wider than 3-4 inches and grows no wider than 6 inches in any direction. It’s the type of plant that catches your eye on a double take: Could a plant really be that small? As you can see, there are many different kinds, but the label is almost always a term of endearment. Perhaps the more important question is: What will your miniature houseplant become? Know how to take care of the plant and what to expect for future growth by knowing what type of houseplant you’re dealing with.