7 Indoor Plants Perfect for the Small-Space Gardener

Are you ready to start your urban jungle? Try these easy indoor plants for beginners! Now is the perfect time to fill your home with indoor plants. Indoor gardening can help reduce stress, improve the quality of air in your home, and can even boost your productivity. Not sure where to begin? Check out these 7 Indoor Plants Perfect for the Small-Space Gardener! Plus, enjoy plant care tips for your gardening success.

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1: Maidenhair Fern

maidenhair fern

Maidenhair Ferns add a graceful presence to any home or office and is one of the best indoor house plants! They have bright green, feather-like foliage similar to Kimberly Queen Ferns. Maidenhair Ferns are smaller in size, making them a perfect addition to any urban dwelling. Maidenhair Ferns are also known as the Five-Fingered Fern because of its finger-like fronds.

maidenhair fern leaves

They thrive in bright, indirect light and are relatively low maintenance. The key to your planting success is to keep the soil moist. Avoid overwatering and make sure to plant with a well-draining potting soil.


2: Pilea Peperomioides


Pilea Peperomioides is a very popular houseplant and known for its attractive coin-shaped foliage. This easy indoor plant is native to China and commonly found growing in the Himalayan Mountains. You may see Pilea Peperomioides referred to as the Chinese Money Plant, Coin Plant, and it is even known as the UFO plant.

Pilea Peperomioides

This Pilea thrives in bright, indirect light. To keep growth even, try rotating your plant occasionally. Avoid placing in any location that receives direct sunlight as this could burn the delicate leaves. Pilea Peperomioides requires to be planted in a well-draining soil. Allow the soil to dry before watering again. The leaves may begin to droop as a sign that it is thirsty.


3: Ficus Lyrata Bambino

ficus lyrata bambino

Do you love Fiddle Leaf Figs? Try a cuter and smaller variety like the Ficus Lyrata Bambino. Ficus Lyrata Bambino is also known as a Dwarf Fiddle Leaf Fig. This Fig has the same glossy leaves as the common large variety with more compact foliage. It grows upright and will continue growing taller over time.

fiddle leaf fig

Dwarf Fiddle Leaf Figs need bright, indirect light to thrive. Plant with well-draining soil and avoid overwatering. This can cause yellowing and browning of the leaves. Allow the soil to dry before watering again. During the dry winter month, give this plant a light misting to emulate humid conditions or use a humidifier.


4: Calathea


Calathea is a beautiful tropical plant and perfect for the indoors. Native to Brazil, Calathea is known for its bold and uniquely colored leaves. Calathea is also referred to as the Zebra Plant, Peacock Plant, or even the Rattlesnake Plant. With ideal care and conditions, Calathea will thrive and grow quickly.

calathea leaves

Calathea loves warm, humid environments. They thrive in bright, indirect light. Too much light exposure can cause the patterns on the leaves to fade. The leaves can move throughout the day. In the night, they fold upwards, and they can open wider during the day.  Calatheas need a moist, well-draining soil. Water regularly and avoid the soil to dry out.


5: Bird’s Nest Fern

bird's nest fern

Bird’s Nest Ferns defy the preconceived idea of what a fern should look like. Unlike the other varieties like Kimberly Queen Ferns, Bird’s Nest Ferns do not have the same feathery fronds. These Ferns are known for their flat, wavy fronds that look like a bird’s nest.

bird's nest fern

This Fern variety needs bright, indirect light indoors to thrive. The light they receive will affect how crinkled the leaves are. The less light, the flatter the leaves will be. Use a well-draining soil and allow the soil to dry between waterings. Usually, ferns need a moist soil to thrive, but that is what makes the Bird’s Nest Fern so great! They can handle less maintenance and are relatively easy indoor plants!


6: Monstera Dubia

monstera dubia

Monstera Dubia* is a rare and up and coming indoor plant. It is known for its gorgeous variegation and unique growth habit. Native to Central and South America, Monstera Dubia is a creeping vine. The leaves grow flat and cling against whatever it is growing on. Also referred to as the Shingle Plant, Monstera Dubia gives the appearance of roof shingles. Because the leaves lie flat, many indoor gardeners keep their Monstera Dubia mounted on a plank of wood.

monstera dubia leaves

Monstera Dubia thrives in bright, indirect light with a well-draining soil. Water when the top few inches of the soil is dry, but avoid letting the soil dry out completely.



7: Staghorn Fern

staghorn fern

Staghorn Ferns are a unique indoor plant. They have two different types of leaves, and they are often referred to as Elkhorn Ferns. There are 17 different species of Staghorn Ferns, all of which have an antler-like leaf as well as a flat, basil-like leaf.

staghorn fern leaves

The Staghorn needs bright, indirect light and should be planted in a well-draining soil. Keep the soil evenly moist to help your plant thrive.



  • Make sure your indoor plant pots have a drain hole or a proper draining system. Try adding pebbles to the bottom of your containers to avoid root rot.

calloway's premium container potting soil

  • For best results, use Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil when planting your indoor selections. Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil is made from the highest quality ingredients and is ideal for all potted plants and container gardens!

calloway's premium tropical plant food

  • Give your plants the proper nourishment to help them thrive. For indoor plants, use Calloway’s Premium Tropical Plant Food. Our special 15-5-10 forumla will ensure healthier growth, green foliage, and happy plants. Use as directed.



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To better serve you, at your community Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have convenient ways to shop for indoor plants! Shop our open-air stores or shop online for Curbside Pickup or Delivery!

Stop by today and explore our entire selection of indoor plants, seasonal color, shrubs, and more! Have questions? Ask our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals; they are here to help!






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