07 May Some Great Plants to Add Ambiance to Your Tiny Space!
It’s that time of year – you see plants and flowers coming back to life, blooming beautifully outdoors, and the air is getting warmer. It’s the perfect time to bring the outdoors in, cut a few blooms and put them in a vase, bringing color and fresh air indoors. If fresh flowers help create the springy feel you’ve been craving after a long winter, consider livening up your home year-round with a lush, beautiful houseplant…or three! In addition to making your space look fresh, most plants will actually improve the quality of the air in your home. Although there is typically little space to spare in a tiny home, there are still many types of plants to fit your style, the environment, and your green thumb.
Why not grow a plant that is as tasty to eat as it is beautiful to look at? Herbs are the perfect plant for those without a lot of space. They can be grown in small vessels and they produce a great harvest for use in the kitchen.
For the best success look for basil, chives, cilantro, dill, mint, and rosemary.
Here’s a few suggestions for starting a tiny home herb garden: Start with healthy plants, instead of seeds to ensure success. Seeds take a fairly long time to germinate, and established plants will put you a lot further ahead. Once the herb has sprouted, place your herb plants next to a sunny window, with a constant temperature of 55-75 degrees. If your herbs outgrow your tiny home, you can always pot your plant in a container six inches or larger with drainage holes and place it outside on your porch.
Air plants are usually tiny, easy to grow, and they don’t need soil. As the name implies, air plants absorb nutrients and water from the air through scales on their leaves. They’re having a moment as houseplants because they’re easy to care for and don’t require much light to thrive.
These beauties can be found at thrift markets and county fairs, an ornately beautiful plant that grows straight up, so it’s perfect for tight spaces. This charming house plant requires little care, tolerates low light & is sure to make you smile, and, if traditions tell correctly, attract good fortune and well-being into your tiny home. Lucky bamboo grows in clean water and moderate temperatures. It’s best to keep the roots wet and change the water every 10 days or so. When it comes to light, lucky bamboo prefers bright, filtered sunlight, such as what is found under a rainforest canopy. Avoid direct sunlight Lucky bamboo can be grown in well-drained, rich potting soil. The soil should be kept moist, but not soaking. Though the plant resembles stalks of bamboo, it’s not actually related to bamboo at all—it’s actually more closely related to a succulent. As a Feng Shui charm, lucky bamboo is believed to circulate positive chi energy in the surrounding area where it’s placed.
Despite their creepy-crawly name, spider plants are among the most popular houseplants to grow. These hardy plants will survive less-than-perfect conditions, and they are stunning when you can mimic their native tropical environment. These plants grow slender, gently arching leaves that can stretch from around 1 to 1.5 feet long on average. Mature plants regularly send out long stems that bear small, star-shaped flowers. Once the flowers fall off, tiny plantlets form in their place, which ultimately grow their own roots. Spider plants can typically be planted at any time as long as they are not exposed to frost. They have a moderate growth rate. Perfect for Tiny living!
The Peace Lily is a popular plant often found in living rooms and office spaces. They are some of the easiest plants to care for. My Peace Lily has been with me for over 4 years now and it is still going strong. All I do is water it and wipe the leaves on a weekly basis. They do let you know when they need water, too! Once they start drooping, you can water and they perk right back within an hour or 2. To thrive, this house plant will need a bright room. Also, placing the peace lily in a room with partial sunlight will help produce the beautiful white flowers.
Whatever plants you choose to decorate with, it is sure to bring beauty to your tiny home and may even provide air purification, too.