5 Tiny Houseplants That Are Straight-Up Cute

Tiny houseplants that are so cute & save space so you can grow an indoor garden


When you don’t have a lot of space in your home for large, towering houseplants, you can always go miniature. There are so many adorable tiny plants that are perfect for tiny spaces. It seems like a lot of the time people are obsessed with bringing home really big plants like monsteras, fiddle leaf figs, and alocasia varieties.

But sometimes having only giant plants in your house can be overwhelming. It’s nice to have a variety of sizes and heights so you can layer them, place them on shelves, and create the prettiest indoor jungle. That’s why tiny houseplants are amazing options. First of all, they’re really cute, and second of all, you can place them on tiny shelves, on little tables, or basically anywhere you can’t fit a medium or big one. If you’re wondering what tiny houseplants to get, we’ve created a list of some of the cutest ones ever. Remember, you can always try finding the baby version of your favorite houseplant too! 

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    Pilea Peperomioides

    Pilea Plant

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    These plants are super compact, making them the perfect tiny plant. Also referred to as a Chinese money plant or “pass-it-on” plant, they’re one of the more popular houseplants out there, commonly used as a housewarming gift. The tiny versions are off-shoots of the mother plant. It’s been said that all Pilea peperomioides plants can be traced back to one plant.

    In order to care for one of these you need to grow it in well-draining, porous soil. They do not like to be overwatered so make sure you’re adding some coco-coir to your soil to add some aeration. Always plant it in a pot with drainage holes! Let it dry out completely between waterings and provide additional humidity if you can. They grow well in bright, indirect light. If you place them directly in a window the leaves could get scorched. Keep in mind that you should be rotating your Pilea so the plant grows upright!

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    Echeveria Succulent

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    Succulent plants are a fan favorite because they’re generally pretty easy to care for as long as you don't give it too much water and not enough light. Echeveria is a beautiful plant that looks like a flower. It grows offshoots that are easy to disconnect from the mother plant, leaving you with even more tiny plants to grow. The offshoots, which grow slowly, could be about the size of a finger nail when you remove them.

    The most important thing to note when it comes to caring for a succulent is watering. Do not overwater your plant. Let the soil dry out completely between waterings. It’s better to underwater than to overwater! They like direct sun and usually grow it dry, hot places, so it’s best to mimic those conditions.

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    Peperomia Caperata Rosso

    Peperomia Caperata Rosso

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    These plants are notable for their deep red undersides and textured glossy green leaves. Commonly referred to as a radiator plant, these are really easy to look after. Peperomia are great in moderate light conditions and can do pretty well in low light situations. This tiny plant is a perfect desk companion as it won’t take up much space and requires little care. Water your plant when it has almost dried out and mist occasionally to give it a boost of humidity. 

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    String of Turtles

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    Another member of the Peperomia family, the string of turtles is a bit harder to care for than others on this list. The tiny trailing leaves of this plant resemble that of a turtle shell. It is really beautiful but also very delicate. It likes to have a lot of light at the base of the plant, so overhead lighting is great. The string of turtles can latch its leaves onto whatever it’s growing on, so it’s a great trailing or climbing plant.

    The best way to water these plants is by bottom watering so that the tiny leaves don’t get wet from pouring water on them. Simply take your pot (with drainage holes) and place it in a filled saucer so the soil can absorb the water. 

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    Nerve Plant (Fittonia)


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    The nerve plant is another super cute tiny plant. A lot of people will use these interrariums because of their size, the fact that they love humidity, and the way that they grow. These are super easy plants to care for. They like well-drained, moist soil. You can let the top two inches of soil dry out in between waterings. Grow them in bright light to maintain the vivid colors of their leaves. Prune them if they start to look straggly and they’ll grow fuller.