The Best Plants for Small Pots

Hello Plant Mates!

Have you noticed that small pots have become one of the biggest trends in the world of gardening and interior decoration? It is an indisputable truth. And it is far from a coincidence, they represent the perfect touch and essence for any space. Especially for those people who want to turn every small corner of their home or studio into a true “Green Corner”.

But, we have to tell you plant mate that choosing the right plants for these pots is absolutely essential. Not all plants are suitable to live and thrive in small environments. Choosing the wrong plant can put the health and well-being of your green companions at risk.

Consider these aspects when selecting your ideal plant

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Size and growth habit

We recommend plants that remain small or have slow growth. This will prevent the plant from becoming too large for the pot and from feeling suffocated.

Roots: your silent support

We look for plants with small and short roots, in which they prefer not to extend too much to the surface of the pot and whose roots do not tend to root throughout the substrate.

Irrigation: everyone has their preference

All plants have their tastes and preferences, some prefer constantly moist soil, while others do not tolerate excess water. That is why it is important to know the type of humidity that each plant needs. And we cannot forget the importance of pots having a good drainage system, so we avoid excess water that could leave our plants sad and suffocated.

Level of care

From the previous point, have you thought about how much time and dedication you are willing to invest in caring for your next plant?

Because while some plants love attention, others prefer their own space. Some of them are more “needies”, always asking for details of attention, such as perfect light or water every few days. While the other group are the “independent” ones, who only require being in a quiet and comfortable space. You could go on a trip for a week and nothing would happen.

I know that there are some factors that could confuse you a little but, we stick together, here we leave you some options that could be your next green companions.

The best plant options for your small pots


Succulents are a popular choice for their hardiness and variety of shapes and colors. Are you looking to decorate your interior space with a natural touch while staying comfortable with plant care? Then succulents are perfect for you. They are designed to thrive in minimalist spaces, requiring much less water than other plants.

Is this plant really my ideal match? These are some of their precautions that you should take into account:

  • Irrigation: Irrigation is only necessary when the soil is completely dry (approximately every 1-2 weeks), this happens because succulents are able to absorb moisture from the environment and retain it in their leaves, stems and roots. Their water needs are reduced.
  • Lighting: Succulents need a good amount of sunlight, their favorite place is near a window that receives several hours of direct sunlight a day, but be careful with summer sunlight, it could dehydrate or even burn them.
  • Soil: Use a draining substrate; Make sure your pots have drainage holes to avoid waterlogging and moisture.
  • Cleaning: Regularly clean dead or damaged leaves to prevent rot and pests.

Mate tips for your future “Succulent”:

  • Use the "soak and dry" method. Water thoroughly until water runs out of the drainage holes, and then let the soil dry completely before watering again.
  • Succulents rarely require pruning, but you can do it to shape or remove damaged parts.

pots for succulents


Known as mother-in-law's tongue, Sansevieria is more than just a houseplant. In addition to being an elegant plant for its leaves, it also purifies the air with an efficiency that few plants can match.

Is this plant really my ideal match? These are some of the precautions that you should take into account:

  • Irrigation: Irrigation should be considered like a succulent plant, only consider watering when the soil is completely dry. They are drought tolerant plants (or sometimes we forget to water them for a week), for them excess water is fatal, it can cause their roots to rot.
  • Lighting: They prefer bright indirect light, but are very tolerant and can survive in low light and direct light conditions.
  • Soil: They require draining soil.

Mate tips for your future “Sansevieria”:

  • Avoid overwatering and ensure that water does not accumulate in the rosettes of the leaves.
  • You can wipe dust off the leaves with a damp cloth to allow the plant to breathe better and absorb more light.


Cacti are another option we love for small pots, especially for those looking for a low-maintenance plant with minimal neediness.

These plants are specialized in thriving in difficult conditions, so they are perfect for those who are just starting out in this world of plants. We have a blog that talks especially about all the care necessary for your cacti to grow happily . Here we leave you some of them:

  • Watering: They should be watered less frequently than other plants, generally when the soil is completely dry.
  • Lighting: They prefer full exposure to the sun, a window facing the light is ideal for them.
  • Soil: You can use a specific soil mix for cacti that drains well and does not retain excessive moisture.

Mate tips for your future “Cactus”:

  • Avoid excessive watering, less is more for them.
  • Place a layer of stones or gravel around the base of the cactus, this can help them control humidity levels.


Each variety of this plant provides its own unique expression, from the textured Peperomia caperata to the elegant Peperomia argyreia. This plant is not only versatile in its aesthetics, but also in its ability to adapt to different home environments.

Is this plant really my ideal match? These are some of their precautions that you should take into account:

  • Watering: Its roots are a bit delicate, so it is best to water them in moderation. They prefer to be thirsty than overwatered. Make sure the top layer of soil dries out between watering.
  • Lighting: They love medium to bright indirect light, so their leaves never lose their splendor. Avoid direct sunlight, it can be your worst enemy.
  • Soil: They love peat-rich, well-draining soil.

Mate tips for your future “Peperomia”:

  • They benefit from moderate to high humidity. Remember that its environment is from the tropical jungle! So they love to feel at home and you can consider using a humidifier for their leaves.
  • They are super sensitive to cold, so during the winter keep them away from windows. A warm corner in your home is the best option for them.


These plants, which have survived millions of years of evolution, have been a popular choice for plant lovers. With their leafy foliage and arching grace, ferns are more than just a plant, they create an atmosphere of calm and freshness in your home.

Is this plant really my ideal match? These are some of their precautions that you should take into account:

  • Irrigation: They like to have the soil constantly moist, but without flooding them. They look for the perfect balance in irrigation.
  • Lighting: They love indirect light and usually prefer partial shade. Direct sunlight can burn its delicate fronds.
  • Soil: They prefer rich, well-draining soil, with a generous content of organic matter.

Mate tips for your future “Ferns”:

  • Ferns love humidity, so we recommend misting their leaves regularly.
  • Although you may be tempted to touch its newly formed, spiral-shaped fronds (leaves), avoid touching them. They are very delicate and can be easily damaged.

fern pots

And there we have it, Plant Mates! Small pots can be filled with life with the perfect plant, turning even the smallest corner of your home into a vibrant "Green Corner". Just remember to consider which plant is best for your small pot so that they are the ' Best Combo '.

At the end of the day, what matters is that you love your plants, that they fit into your space and lifestyle, and that you enjoy caring for them. After all, there are no limits to plant lovers, just a world full of green possibilities! So go ahead, go ahead and put a little green in your life!

Plant some love!

The Rootmate Team